Back of An Easy and Delicious Way to Use Leftover Candy It seems like every year, fewer trick-or-treaters stop by my house. Thus, each October, I end up with a large amount of leftover candy. If this happens to you, turn the leftover chocolate candy bars into a scrumptious topping for shortbread. The brown-sugar-based shortbread crust is simple and effortless to prepare. Similar to chocolate bark, these shortbread bars can be covered with whatever chocolate you have on hand. I used an assortment of peanut butter and caramel treats including Reese's peanut butter cups, Heath bar bits, Reese's Pieces, and caramel-filled dark chocolate. Want the recipe? Get it after the jump. Shortbread Candy Bars From Everyday Food Ingredients1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt 2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled) 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips 2 cups assorted chocolate candies or roughly chopped candy bars (12 ounces) Directions Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, and salt on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. With the mixer on low, add flour in three additions and beat until combined (dough will be crumbly). Press dough evenly into an 8-inch square baking dish. Bake until golden brown and firm, 30 to 35 minutes. Scatter chocolate chips on top of shortbread. Bake until soft, 1 minute. With the back of a spoon, spread chocolate evenly over shortbread. Scatter candies over top. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Refrigerate briefly to set chocolate, then cut into 16 bars. Store in an airtight container, at room temperature, up to 4 days. Makes 16 bars. Information Category Other, Desserts Cuisine North American View 5 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Comments reml 6 years This is a clever way to use up all that leftover candy. I love shortbread. I think I'd eat the whole thing! Rancher'sGirl 6 years What exactly is "leftover" candy? There has never been any of that at my home. LOL ;) Actually the shortbread looks delicious and sounds like it would be tasty even without the candy topping! I think I'll bake it both ways and see how it goes. :) chiefdishwasher 6 years When it comes to candy.........I just say no to left overs.......just have to eat it! vap 6 years This is such a good idea! lauren 6 years Oh this looks so good! Such a great idea!!!!!