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Oct 19

Candy Bar Pie

My pantry is full of half-open bags of candy. Once things start falling on my head while I’m grabbing the cereal, I know it’s time to take action.

Enter: Candy Bar Pie. A blondie in a pie crust that’s filled with leftover candy. I say this a lot, but you’re welcome.

My favorite Candy Bar Pie is a blondie filled with candy and a crust!

Like a lot of Americans, we have a second freezer. It’s in the garage and it’s full of frozen chicken breasts, frozen vegetables, and lots and lots and lots of baked goods.

The irony of the fact that we originally purchased the freezer because my husband was doing Weight Watchers and needed space for all the meals is not lost on me. The meal space is now the stocked-for-dessert-armageddon space.

{People know to call me up and say “Whatcha got in that freezer? I’m having a party!”}

I really, really want a second refrigerator but we haven’t figured out the expense (or where to put it) yet. My husband routinely complains he needs space for “his stuff” in the refrigerator. I told him to buy me another refrigerator that we could use for his stuff and extra juice boxes and Jordan’s yogurt drinks…but that probably the first time we had a party or a really heavy baking day I’d end up taking over that one too.

{This feels very #firstworldproblem to me. Like, boo-hoo, I have too much food, what am I going to doooo??? #eyeroll}

Recently, the pantry has been expanded into the garage too. And then it was expanded again into the storage room in the garage. And it’s still overflowing because the other day a bunch of candy attacked me when I was looking for Goldfish. Literally – they fell out and hit me on the head.

I decided it was time to do something about the “open bags of candy problem”. Enter: candy bar pie.

Candy Bar Pie - you must make this blondie pie! It's filled with peanut butter cups, Rolos, and M&Ms!

Now, you may not have the open bags of candy problem to my degree (#foodbloggerproblems) but I’m sure you have open bags of chocolate chips with just not quite enough for a full recipe. Or you have some M&Ms left over from a party that got lost behind the Wheat Thins…

…or you have a whole bunch of Halloween Candy staring you in the face – before or after the big day. Right? Everyone has that problem. What do you do with the candy?

{I actually have friends that leave a big bowl of candy on the coffee table the whole month of October. How? How is that possible? Jordan would be sick every. single. day. And so would I!}

The answer to where the candy goes? Into a pie. After Halloween comes the pie holiday (my favorite!) and this is going to be your new favorite recipe for pie.

Candy Bar Pie is a blondie with a crust!

This pie is basically a giant cookie in a crust, filled with candy. I used my favorite blondie recipe, which is the same recipe I used the last time I cleaned out my pantry and made Loaded Cookie Bars.

The blondie is gooey and rich from a ton of brown sugar. The batter stays soft even after it’s cooked! I put this into a refrigerated pie crust (I’m all about the easy) but you could use a homemade pie crust. I’ve done that before with cookie pie, when I made a peanut butter cookie pie for Easter a few years ago.

A note about the crust for this recipe: make sure that your crust is firmly pressed to the sides of your pie plate. The blondie batter only fills about half the plate and it grows to fill the crust. You don’t want the sides of the pie crust to collapse. To combat this problem, I made sure that the sides were pressed firmly to the pie plate and I pressed the sides that showed (after adding the batter) with the tines of a fork a few times.

Once you have your blondie batter all mixed up, you just need to add your candy. This is where it gets fun: just add what you like, or what you have hanging around your pantry.

Candy Bar Pie filled with peanut butter cups and Rolos!

I used M&Ms, miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and Rolo minis (the kind that come unwrapped). Some other ideas for what you can use:

  • Chocolate or white chocolate chips
  • Kit Kats
  • Hershey’s Kisses
  • Twix Bars
  •  Almond Joy
  • Large peanut butter cups (or any size of any candy, really)
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • and many, many more!

Just look through your pantry, dig through your kids’ treat bucket and pull out what you love.

You’ll see in the recipe I called for 1 cup of candy bars. I just mixed up the three I was using in my measuring cup and added them to the batter. Now, a few notes about candy bars:

  • If you’re using a stand mixer to mix up your blondie base, you don’t need to chop small or mini candy (like the miniature Reese’s or Rolos). Just add them to the batter and mix on medium. The paddle attachment and power of the mixer will chop up your candy for you.
  • If you’re using bigger size candy (like regular size Reese’s or fun-size Almond Joy or Kit Kat) you’ll want to coarsely chop it before adding it to your stand mixer.
  • If you’re using a hand mixer or mixing by hand, you’ll want to chop up any of the candies you use.

Just make sure to reserve some for the top of the pie. Like when you’re making cookies, they come out prettier when you press some candies on the top. Pick a few of each kind of candy and gently press them into the dough before baking.

Then try and wait until the pie is cool to slice it. And maybe top it with ice cream and chocolate sauce. Because you can, obviously.

Candy Bar Pie

Um, no. I think that should say MY pie. 🙂

Candy Bar Pie

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

This Candy Bar Pie is great for using up any leftover candy you have in your pantry. The base of the pie is a giant blondie and you simply fill it with your favorite candy, like peanut butter cups, Rolos, and M&Ms!


  • 1 pie crust, from a pack of two or homemade
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup candy bars (I used 8 miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, about 15 mini Rolos, and a handful of M&Ms to make 1 cup)
  • Extra candy for the top of the pie


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Place pie crust in a 9” pie plate, crimping as desired. Press the sides of the crust so they are firmly attached to the edges of the pie plate.
  3. Cream brown sugar and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or you can use a hand mixer). Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Add baking powder, salt, and flour and mix.
  4. If you are using a stand mixer, add your candy bars to the bowl and mix on medium-high to chop of the candy. (The strength of the mixer is enough to break up soft pieces of candy, like Reese’s or Rolos.) If you’re using a hand mixer, coarsely chop the candy, the mix it into the dough.
  5. Press into prepared pan (dough is sticky, spray your hands with cooking spray to avoid it sticking to your hands). Press some remaining candy on the top for decoration. Press the sides of the crust that are showing with the tines of a fork a few times.
  6. Bake for about 24-30 minutes, until the crust is browned and the top of the pie is golden. It may still be a little jiggly in the center. Cool completely before cutting. Serve by itself or with whipped cream or ice cream.

Adapted from this blondie recipe and inspired by this pie.

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91 comments on “Candy Bar Pie

  1. This pie looks yummy … my granddaughters will love choosing  the different candy to use but can I just ask why were you looking for goldfish in the refrigerator!!!!! I guess you have a ‘place for everything’ and ‘everything in its place’ …. I’d keep it in a goldfish bowl myself but hey I’m loving the receipies and I know my girls will …. we look forward to more inspiration …. and God bless the fish!!! LOL 😀 


  2. I just baked this for church and it looks so good. I’m so excited about this delicious treat. Thank you for this wonderful idea. I’m sure it will be the  talk of our thanksgiving brunch. 


  3. My niece wanted to make something and so I stumbled across this recipe. I tried this but, used Rolos and Hershey milk chocolate drops on the inside and a few chocolate drops and semi-sweet chocolate chips. It was amazing and we topped it with some cool whip and my sister ate it with some Nutella on the side too. Next time I’ll probably add a little sea salt to balance the sweetness but definitely an amazing recipe! Being that I only had one or two ingredients, I had to buy almost everything but only spent $20. It was quick, cheap, easy and delicious. Can’t ask for much more.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on November 24th, 2014 at 6:31 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Lola! And the beauty is, now you have candy left over to make cookies or just eat! 🙂 I’d do that last one, ha!


  4. Omg, i need to do this. I hope i can translate it well in german :). Looks yummy !!!


  5. OMG…my niece and I found this recipe and made it today when she came over for girl time. We love it!! What an awesome idea! I make cupcakes for a living, se we had tons of ingredients to choose from. We put in mini peanut butter cups, m&m’s, rainbow nonpareils, reeses pieces and even crushed up pretzels and potato chip crumbs. Great way to use things up. Thanks so much for the recipe, Dorothy!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 31st, 2014 at 6:47 am

      I’m so glad you liked it Renee! I love how it works with so many different mix-ins!


  6. Dorothy- Do you think Heath bars would work as part of the add-ins in this pie? I’m wondering if they would turn to concrete from baking.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 6th, 2015 at 7:17 am

      Yes! They should work; if anything the toffee might melt away a little inside the pie. Toffee bits work good in baked goods, so Heath should be okay!


  7. So trying this tomorrow!!!! Quick question though, wont the candy.pressed on top to make it look pretty melt all over the place? Would it be better to add candies whwn the pie is half way done so they wont melt? Just a thought! Cant wait to try this!!!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 26th, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      You can do it either way, or add them as soon as it comes out of the oven, if you’re worried. I added them before I baked it so what you see is how that worked (in my oven, anyway). The only thing that sometimes happens is that M&Ms can crack. If you’re worried about that, add those after baking!


  8. I have a question…Can u replace the egg with something else and have it still taste just as good?


  9. I don’t want to sound impatient but can somebody plz reply quick thx
    Also is a banana a good substitute for 1 egg?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 20th, 2015 at 6:46 am

      I have never made this without an egg, so I’m not sure how it will work. Typically banana or applesauce can be substituted but it will change the texture of the pie. If you do it and it works, let me know!


  10. Love the clever recipe and that so-darn-cute YOUR PIE fork. Please tell me where I can purchase one of those dessert forks. I have a serious pie-baking friend and that fork would make the perfect gift!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on March 27th, 2015 at 9:07 am

      I love those too! It came with two, MY PIE and YOUR PIE. I got them as a gift, but I’m pretty sure she got them on Etsy. They have tons of stamped silverware on there!


  11. This seriously looks delish! Ive never been much of a crust eater….I make a mean apple pie…I just don’t eat the crust. Will it cook the same if I just poured it in a pie plate with out the crust?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on May 6th, 2015 at 10:37 am

      You don’t eat the crust. !!!!! 🙂 Kidding.

      Yes, you can make this in a pan for sure. It’s just my basic blondie recipe! It’s probably an 8×8 pan size! Or just use the 9″ pie plate without the crust. Enjoy!


  12. Does anyone know the calorie count on this?


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Um, way too many? I don’t calculate the calories on my recipes (I really don’t want to know) but I know spark people has a counter you can use!


  13. This looks amazing! I’m making this for Father’s Day 🙂


  14. Would dark chocolate covered dried pomegranates be alright to use?
    We love them.
    And we love all your recipes.
    Thank you,


    • Dorothy Kern replied on December 28th, 2015 at 6:43 am

      I think you can add anything you love to this pie, just like chocolate chip cookies. Those sound fabulous!! Enjoy!


  15. I made this for a party this weekend and blew some minds! absolutely delicious. 


    • Dorothy Kern replied on January 18th, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      So glad everyone liked it!


  16. FANTASTIC pie!!
    Just what I’d love to bake for my niece’s birthday. I can imagine her face 🙂


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