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Tootsie Roll Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Updated on October 26, 2014

Use Up That Leftover Halloween Candy!

Tootsie Roll Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Tootsie Roll Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies | Source

I Had a Ton of Tootsie Rolls Leftover This Year.

As I gazed at the overflowing bowl of candy I had leftover after receiving far fewer Trick-or-Treaters than expected this past Halloween, I decided to get creative instead of letting the candy go to waste...or to my hips..

Since it's autumn, and I'm always obsessed with pumpkin this time of year, I decided that it would be very fitting to add some leftover Halloween candy to some Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies. I found the original recipe at Budget Bytes and made my own modifications.

I attempted 3 different variations, using 3 different kinds of candy: the thick, fat Tootsie Rolls, the long, skinny Tootsie Rolls, and Peanut Butter Taffy. I cut the skinny Tootsie Rolls and Peanut Butter Taffy into chocolate chip sized pieces and mixed them in two separate batches of batter. These two candies did not fare well in the oven and mostly melted out of the cookies completely by the time the baking was finished.


Just when I thought my bright idea had failed, I discovered success with the large Tootsie Rolls. I found that letting the cookies bake for half the time, removing them from the oven, pressing a section of the Tootsie Roll in the middle on each cookie, and then allowing them to bake for the remainder of the time, was the best technique. I did try adding the Tootsie Roll at the beginning and baking it the whole time with the cookies, but it turned into a big puddle in the middle of the cookie. Still tasty, just not as pretty!

I thought these Tootsie Roll Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies were super tasty, light and fluffy, and had that great fall pumpkin spicy flavor. Of course, with a yummy Tootsie Roll treat in the middle. These cookies are definitely the best combination of Halloween Fun and great Fall Pumpkin Spice. The oatmeal adds a wonderful texture and heartiness to the cookies as well.

Recipe for Tootsie Roll Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

I hope I've inspired you to get creative with your leftover Halloween Candy too. If so, I'd love to hear your ideas in my guestbook below!

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 38 min
Yields: 16 Cookies


  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp Margarine or Butter
  • 1/2 Cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 1/2 Cups Old Fashioned Oats
  • 5 Fat Tootsie Rolls, Each Cut Into 3 Squares


  1. Begin by preheating the oven to 350 Degrees (F). You will need two mixing bowls to begin; one medium size and one large size.
  2. In the medium size bowl, add the following ingredients: flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Stir well. Set this bowl aside for later.
  3. Now, in the large bowl, add the following ingredients: margarine or butter, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, and white sugar. Beat these ingredients together until well mixed. Add the egg and vanilla to the mixture and beat again.
  4. Back to the flour mixture in the medium size bowl. Pour this mixture into the large bowl's pumpkin mixture slowly and beat until well combined and the batter becomes smooth. Add the old fashioned oats and stir in by hand.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Drop large spoonfuls of the dough onto the cookie sheet. Remember you will create 16 cookies, so you can place the cookies fairly close together; they don't spread much while baking.
  6. Bake the cookies for about 8 minutes. Pull them out of the oven and gently press one Tootsie Roll section in the middle of each cookie. Bake for another 8 to 10 minutes, until cookies are slightly browned.
  7. Allow cookies to cool, then serve!
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Tovolo 12 Inch Silicone Spatula Set,  Raspberry Fizz - Set of 3
Tovolo 12 Inch Silicone Spatula Set, Raspberry Fizz - Set of 3

I was folding in the old fashioned oats while making the cookies featured above and I came upon the realization that I NEED new spatulas! Mine are old and atrocious and really make stirring up thick cookie dough a chore.

I started doing my research and stumbled upon the Tovolo Silicone Spatula Set of 3. I read Amazon's reviews which are pretty great; 4.5 out of 5 stars by 105 customers. I also discovered that America's Test Kitchen approves this brand as well, there is even a YouTube video that shows them using and abusing this Tovolo spatula and recommending the product at the end.

I have decided that I MUST have a set of these magic spatulas! Hopefully Santa thought I was good this year, because this item is going straight on my Christmas list!

UPDATE: I got these wonderful spatulas for Christmas and I absolutely LOVE them!


Do You Have Any Special Uses for your leftover Halloween candy? I LOVE Your Feedback!

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      PaigSr 3 years ago from State of Confussion

      Tootsie Rolls Yes oatmeal No. Believe it or not I have never thought about adding Tootsie Rolls to cookies. That has now changed. Thanks.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      @sousababy: How creative! I'll bet she has a blast!

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      Oh and we make Sweet Fleet airplanes with life saver mint candies, rockets candies, rubber bands, and stick gum (since my daughter finds these yucky).

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      sousababy 4 years ago

      What a unique combination - I know someone who'd love these.

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      Scott A McCray 4 years ago

      Must resist - looks way too yummy!