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Candy Bar Cookies

Candy Bar Cookies

What’s better than a Snickers or Butterfinger? Snickers and Butterfinger in a COOKIE. Offer these incredible Candy Bar Cookies at your cookie exchange this year. Candy Bar Cookies = Big Smiles, scout’s honor.

So you consider yourself environmentally minded? You like to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Well baby, this is recycling at its best.

You probably have a bucket of leftover Halloween candy shoved back, high on a pantry shelf, that you’ve been rationing out, one piece at a time, for the last month.

This year, recycle those miniature chocolate bars into your Holiday Cookie Exchange offering. Your kids will be happy to donate their old candy to make these amazing cookies.

Candy Bar Cookie Recipe

See? These are the faces of happy campers. And let me tell you, these two are authorities on the makings of a good cookie.

We simply chopped miniature candy bars (and Whoppers) into small chunks, about the size of our leftover M&Ms.

Chocolate Candy Cookies

Then we pressed 4-6 chunks and M&Ms into the top of cream cheese cookie dough balls. This dough in out of this world. Light and tangy with a delicate texture that holds its shape well.

Once baked and cooled we sprinkled each cookie with sugary “snow” for winter appeal.

Voila! Recycled Candy Bar Cookies that will take the prize at your holiday cookie exchange.

Candy Bar Cookies

Yield: 30 cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3 Tb. cream cheese
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups chopped chocolate candy bars, any variety
Powdered sugar for dusting


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, egg yolk, and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.

Sift the flour and salt together. Turn the mixer on low, then slowly add the flour to the butter mixture.

Roll the dough into 1/2 oz. (1 Tb.) balls and place the the cookie sheets.

Press 4-6 candy chunks into the top of each dough ball. Press to flatten.

Bake 9-11 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets.

Once cool, dust the cookies with powdered sugar.

Making this recipe? Why not take a quick shot and share it on Instagram! Make sure to tag it #ASpicyPerspective so we can see what you're cooking!

Modern Dune Lines dishes from Villeroy & Boch.

More Cookie Exchange Ideas:

Lemongrass Shortbread

Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies

Cinnamon Roll Cookies

Molasses Spice Marshmallow Cookies

Citrus Pistachio Leaf Cookies ~ Sweet Sugar Belle

Pecan Pie Cookies ~ Bakers Royale

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies ~ Created By Diane

Chocolate Gingersnap Cookies ~ Picky Palate

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34 Responses to “Candy Bar Cookies”

  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarposted December 9, 2011 at 6:55 am

    These are so fun and yummy sounding! Love it!


  2. Belinda @zomppaposted December 9, 2011 at 7:25 am

    These are TOO tempting!!!!!!!! Ridiculous.


  3. Rachel @ Not Rachael Rayposted December 9, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Yes please, I’ll take a dozen!


  4. Bev Weidnerposted December 9, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Well look at THAT!


  5. Cassie @ Bake Your Dayposted December 9, 2011 at 9:46 am

    These are awesome. GREAT idea!


  6. jennifurlaposted December 9, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I have seen many versions, but yours are definitely the prettiest.


  7. TC Aveyposted December 9, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Sounds and looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.


  8. Kiri W.posted December 9, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Oh my, I’d love these cookies! And your photography is amazing, hands down. Wonderful post! :)


  9. Curtposted December 9, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I’ve already had Butterfinger and Snickers in cookies. Some of the others would be mighty tasty too!


  10. Cookin' Cowgirlposted December 9, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Um, hi. Those little “tots” of yours are PRECIOUS! What cute kiddos! :)


  11. Lacyposted December 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Yes please! These look amazing!! Candy in cookies, how could you go wrong! :)


  12. Tricia @ Saving room for dessertposted December 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    This sounds like a great and yummy idea. I don’t have any candy leftover from Halloween because I gave away every single piece! We must get 200 trick-or-treater’s. (Thank heavens!) Have a wonderful weekend.


  13. Janet@FCTCposted December 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    Oooo, these make me wish my older kids were still young enough to have trick or treated and my youngest was OLD enough to have gone! They look yummy!


  14. Delishhhposted December 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    What a brilliant idea – love it!


  15. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    These are so fun!!


  16. Jen at The Three Little Pigletsposted December 9, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I stashed away some of the Halloween loot just for cookies like this!


  17. Annaposted December 10, 2011 at 1:04 am

    The kids look so cute! They seem to really enjoy the cookies. Who wouldn’t anyway? These are te chocolate candy bars we have grown up loving. I love the creative way of cooking them into just 1 cookie recipe. Thanks for sharing!


  18. marlaposted December 10, 2011 at 7:34 am

    LOVE the cookies & the photos of your sweeties! These treats are the stuff dreams are made of :) xo


  19. pattyposted December 10, 2011 at 8:34 am

    So much fun and beautiful photos of your children;-)


  20. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmetposted December 10, 2011 at 11:23 am

    What a great way to use little candies. My kids might love me even more if I made these!


  21. Elizabeth @TheBareMidriffposted December 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Those look great, and I love your presentation! Great pictures!


  22. Kim Beeposted December 10, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Great idea for leftover candy. I would just go buy little candy to make these.


  23. Angie's Recipesposted December 11, 2011 at 5:37 am

    Great reuse of leftover candy!


  24. Cookin' Canuckposted December 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

    This is exactly what I need to do with our leftover Halloween candy. I love the photos of your happy campers.


  25. Emily @ Life on Foodposted December 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I don’t know if I am going to be able to get this out of my head till I make some. No leftover candy from Halloween. That didn’t last long. No worries though I would be glad to go out and get some more.


  26. Dmarieposted December 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    didn’t even take adorable kiddos to convince me that this recipe was a winner…but they sure made a sweet addition to the post!


  27. Monetposted December 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Seeing those adorable little ones with these AMAZING cookies made my evening all the brighter. Thank you for sharing them with me. I hope you have a blessed week.


  28. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchenposted December 12, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Now I really wish I had leftover candy! Might have to go buy some..you know, so I can have leftovers. ;-)


  29. Amy @ Gastronome Tartposted December 13, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I wish I had known about this recipe! I actually used my leftover candy in a bark this year. I will be bookmarking this for next year! They look absolutely delicious!


  30. Anna @ hiddenponiesposted December 13, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Really, you had leftover candy that wasn’t gross?? These look delicious…but I’ll have to actually buy the chocolate bars ;)


  31. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Dessertsposted January 2, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    This is such a great idea! I still have Halloween candy to use, going to have to do this soon with the Halloween and Christmas candy we now have!


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