“Leftover” Candy Cake Mix Cookies

One of the best things about Halloween is the candy.

If y’all haven’t done the Box Cake Mix cookie, y’all are missing out. This recipe is a great one to tuck in your back pocket for any last minute baking emergencies or potluck panics. Next time you’re at the grocery store and you see cake mix on sale, grab a few to stash in the pantry. You’ll thank me later.

The real beauty of these kinds of cookies is that you can do pretty much anything to them and they’re delicious, but I think they really shine around the holidays. Especially when you’re looking at the bottom of the candy bucket and have the stuff you’re less than thrilled about left. For example, I have never looked at a Baby Ruth and thought, “I want to eat that.”

Now, for these cookies in particular I ended up going with my favorite Halloween candy combos; chocolate, caramel, and peanut butter. Think Kit-Kats, 100 Grand, Reese’s, Rollo, Butterfingers, and even the much maligned Babe Ruth. Give the candy a rough chop (I used the food processor) and toss it in the mix. How much candy? Measure with your heart. You can bake them naked or give them a roll in some seasonal sprinkles before tossing them in the oven.

A couple things that are worth investing in for your kitchen in general, but this recipe in particular, are a cookie scoop and a silpat. Things can get a little gooey.

I did not inherit my family’s genetic predisposition for proper cookie dough portioning and this scoop has made it easier to crank out pretty uniform cookies that wouldn’t get me a death glare from Paul Hollywood. Silpats, or silicone baking mats, are also PH approved. If you are baking anything gooey or cheesey or just don’t want to deal with stuff sticking to your pans, these are a must. Parchment paper also works if you’d rather, but it’s really not the same.

10-12 minutes later and you have your dish to bring to your awkward office Halloween lunch thing.

Leftover Candy Cake Mix Cookies


  • 1 Box of Cake Mix
  • 1/2 Cup of Oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • Leftover Halloween Candy
  • Sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine Cake Mix, Eggs, and Oil in bowl and mix well.
  3. Chop leftover Halloween Candy into bits and mix in to the dough.
  4. Scoop large tablespoons of dough and roll into balls
  5. Optional: Roll balls in sprinkles
  6. Place on lined cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes

Have you tried these cookies? Leave a rating in the comments below!



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