Soft and chewy chocolate Milky Way bar cookies are a great way to use up leftover Halloween candy!
What is your favorite Halloween candy? Mine are Milky Way bars, no question. In fact, I used to get Milky Way cravings in college and would buy a Milky Way bar, set it on my desk and just look at it. It satisfied me to just see it on my desk because I knew that I could eat it at any time. Weird, right?
Well, I decided to incorporate Milky Way bars into a soft and chewy chocolate cookie. The original recipe called for M&Ms, but I didn’t have any in my entire house (totally shocking since M&Ms are my second favorite candy). I found the cookie base from my baking friend Kim at Just Baked and just swapped the M&Ms for chopped up Milky Way bar pieces.
How did they taste? Amazing, as expected. The cookie base was as advertised – the outsides baked up light and crispy, and the insides were soft and chewy. I got a bite of Milky Way in every bite I took, which made me very happy. Plus, because the candy bar didn’t completely melt into the cookie, the Milky Way bits provided a nice textural contrast to the cookies.
Foolishly, I gave a bunch of these away. I should have saved them for myself… and perhaps put them on my desk at work so I could stare at them all day. But, I’m sure someone would have swiped them and eaten them without me seeing!
Soft and chewy chocolate Milky Way bar cookies
- 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter room temperature
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 full-sized Milky Way bars or about 6 fun sized bars, chopped
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line two standard baking pans with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, corn starch, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, cream together the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add the egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
- Turn the mixer down to low and gently add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Turn the mixer off and fold in the chopped Milky Way pieces.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop out portions of dough and place on the baking pan. Place each piece of dough about 2 inches apart.
- Bake in your preheated oven for about 4 minutes, then rotate the pan and bake another 4 minutes or until the cookies look 'set' on the top. The middles might look slightly underdone, but that is OK. Do not overbake these cookies.
- Allow the cookies to cool completely on a wire rack before serving.