I started making these cookies a few years ago, when I had an abundance of Easter candy. My mom still makes us Easter baskets, and I make them too, so there is a lot of candy! I got tired of seeing it sitting in my Easter basket (I kind of miss the days when my brother would eat everything in his basket, and then steal from mine!), so I decided to chop up a bunch of candy and throw it in some cookie dough. Of course, then you are left with a bunch of candy and cookies. Hmm, maybe my idea isn’t so smart after all!
I make a simple chocolate chip cookie dough, but swap out the chocolate chips for candy bars. Snickers, Milky Way, and 3 Musketeers, are the candy bars I used today. During the holidays, I can usually find this assortment in large bags, so I grab them, as these are a favorite cookie with my mom’s co-workers.
Candy Bar Cookies
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 3/4 cups flour
36 mini size candy bars (I used 12-Snickers, 12-Milky Way, 12-3 Musketeers)
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter and sugars. Add in the eggs and vanilla bean paste. Stir in the salt and baking soda. Add in the flour and mix until well combined. Stir in the candy bar pieces.
Using a large ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto a parchment paper or silpat lined cookie sheet. Leave about 3 inches between each cookie. Bake in a preheated oven for 13-15 minutes, or until the cookies are set and lightly golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, move the cookies onto cooling racks and let cool completely. Enjoy!