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These chewy, decadent Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies have just enough gooey caramel pockets and mini chocolate chips to hook you with your first bite! These cookies are even tastier than the mini Milky Ways used to make them!!!

These kicked-up Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies are a delicious change of pace and the perfect way to use up leftover candy bars.

4 Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies and 2 small Milky Way bars on a decorative white plate

Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies

I first made these as a post-Halloween Treat using extra candy from trick or treating. I took my friend, Danielle’s chocolate chip laden cookies with Snickers chunks, and made a Milky Way version for my nut avoiding family. They were thrilled with these, then annoyed that I let Tom take half the batch to feed his friends.

Seven years later, it was time to bake these candy bar cookies once again. My daughter remembered how much she loved the last batch. I can’t remember what I had for breakfast! Once again, they were a major hit.

Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies on a white tray with fun sized Milky Way bars

Tips for Making these Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve been making standard chocolate chip cookies for decades. A few simple guidelines will help you make a perfect batch every time. The addition of Milky Way chunks requires a couple of extra tips, all listed below.

  • Use real butter, large eggs, and real vanilla extract. Margarine and artificially flavored vanilla will not give the best results.
  • Have your butter and eggs at room temperature for easier and better incorporation into the dough.
  • Freezing the chopped candy bar pieces before mixing them in helps minimize the oozing. But they will still leak a bit of caramel. No worries, though, as they’ll taste amazing whether they ooze a little or a lot!
  • Note that this recipe calls for both baking soda and baking powder. PRO-Tip: Most bakers use much less baking powder than baking soda and it often expires while sitting in the pantry. Check the expiration date, and if in doubt, just replace it.
  • Use a cookie disher (affiliate link) to make even sized cookies.
  • PRO-Tip: Occasionally, the caramel in these cookies oozes out while baking. When the pan of baked cookies comes out of the oven, use a knife to cut and move the excess caramel away from the cookie. This will help make removal from the cookie sheet easier.
  • Because of the gooey, oozing caramel, some of the cookies baked into more amoeba-like shapes than circles! PRO-Tip: One of my favorite tricks is to use a spatula sprayed with Pam to tap the hot, fresh out of the oven, cookies into more spherical shapes. Normally, the Pam isn’t needed, but with caramel involved, it sure helps!
  • Lining the baking sheets with parchment helps the cookies release from the pan after they’re baked. It also makes for easy cleanup.
  • These will keep well at room temperature in a sealed container for 3-4 days. After that, freeze for up to 3 months.
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This recipe was first shared in July 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2020.

Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies on a round white plate

Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy chocolate chip cookies with chunks of Milky Way candy bars!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces mini semi-sweet chocolate chips or regular chips
  • 8 Fun-size Milky Way candy bars, chopped, then frozen

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugars. Mix in eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix till combined. Fold in all chocolate chips and Milky Ways.
  4. For a rounded tablespoon-sized cookie bake 8-10 minutes. If some of the caramel has oozed out of the cookie, use a sharp knife to scrape the excess away from the cookie before they cool.

Notes

Total time does not include freezing or cooling times.

If you don't have dark brown sugar, you can make your own by combining 1 cup of light brown sugar and 1 tablespoon molasses. Reserve the leftovers for another recipe.

To fix any misshaped cookies, use a greased spatula to tap them into rounds while they're still hot.

Adapted from Hugs & Cookies XOXO

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 37mgSodium: 217mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

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67 comments on “Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. How fun, Liz! Never thought to use Milky Ways in chocolate chippers…<3

  2. These cookies look fabulous, love the chunks of Milky Way!

  3. Snickers improves most everything i think–can’t wait to try these yummy treats.

    • I mean Milky Way–which is hubbys’ favorite candy bar. I have some in the storage/candy room. I’m not cleaning today–as planned. I am baking these yummy cookies!!

  4. Love these cookies, Lizzy! Haven’t baked cookies for a while and I am very inspired right now ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. They look really good! I believe we don’t have those chocolates here in Portugal, but I think I will search for them in the American Store ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your Death by Chocolate Cookies are the most wonderful cookies we’ve ever had, and all my friends are crazy about them! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a wonderful day ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Very yummy I’m sure! Have a great week:@)

  7. I never thought milky way in cookies,double YUM ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Yum, I love chocolate chip cookies and these sound fantastic with the Milky Way bars. Your cookies look so pretty and scrumptious as always Liz ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Oh, boy. Dangerous stuff. These cookies wouldn’t be safe in my house for any length of time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Danger, DANGER!

  11. Oh man! Milky way nommies!

  12. You both have the most decadent desserts. (I got Danielle’s blog for my second SRC post.) Yum!

  13. I love new cookie recipes – and these look like they belong in my recipe box, or better yet, in my cookie cookie jar!

  14. Chocolate chip cookies warmed up a little with a scoop of ice cream, anytime. Sounds like such a nice addition, the milky bars. I will check out Daniella’s blog, thanks for the introduction.

  15. These sound great! Just when you thought you could not improve on a chocolate chip cookie!

  16. These are more than ordinary cookies!!! That chocolate and caramel combination sounds irresistible!

  17. These sound absolutely to die for! ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Many of those cookies plus a good glass of milk = happiness!!!

  19. I’ll take cookies added with Milk Ways any day. These look great Liz!

  20. You know Liz I am not joking whenever I get a sweet craving I visit your blog and I must say I am never disappointed ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Chocolate chip cookies are my absolute favorite. Adding Milky Way to the mix is just brilliant! Your cookies look just perfect Liz. I can eat that entire plate! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I have to be honest-our reveal days are one of the highlights of blogging for me! So much fun! Cookies look fab. Love that we BOTH made something with Milkyways-that is pretty funny! xo

  23. oh my gosh I’ll take like 12 of these please! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. What a clever idea. Now I’m wondering what other things I could poke in there. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Lizzy,
    Can I say that I’m drooling on the keyboard. I much prefer Milky Way to Snickers too. Glad your family “forced” you to change the candy bar. I’ve pinned for later.
    Annamaria

  26. These cookies sound and look awesome…I really like the idea of Milky Way in it…
    Have a great week ahead Liz ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Milky Way’s were always one of my top choices so I know these would be a hit already! They look chewl\y and crisp at the same time, my favorite type of cookie!

  28. I love how you make things out of chocolate bars – I need to develop that habit! I can imagine these disappearing at lightening speed! xx

  29. Oi, I think I just fell in love! Milky Way’s are my favorite candy!

  30. Look absolutely delicious Lizzy:)
    Love these cookies!

  31. I love Milky Ways. I know I will turn into a cookie monster with these!

  32. Oh Lizzy, these look fabulous!!! Save a batch for me…since you’re taking requests! ;D

    xoxo,
    Tammy<3

  33. I love any and all desserts that are stuffed with chocolate bars, including these gorgeous Milky Way CCCs! I don’t blame your family for being irate that you didn’t save more ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Milkyways are my favorite candy bar. Give me a Milkway cookie and I am one happy gal.

  35. Oooh Michael’s dad loves milky ways, he’d especiaaaally love these!

  36. Milky Ways are one of my favorite candies. My mom in fact to this day still has a bag of frozen Milky Ways in the freezer for when we come to visit. I recently made some Milky Way brownies but didn’t post it because the photo was lousy. I probably should have because they were so yummy.

    I saved this recipe and without question will be baking these before heading back home. Great recipe.

  37. Milky Way… cookies… Yes.. PLEASE!

  38. These and I would become fast friends!

  39. I love throwing candy bars in cookies! These posts are some of my favorites..love your take on all these recipes from your friend!

  40. Whoo need to try these, yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks for sharing!

    โ™ฅEmma, of It’s Emma Elise

  42. These look AMAZING! I wish I had a handful to hoard all to myself!

  43. My mom’s favorite candy is Milky Way bars. She would so enjoy this treat.

  44. Can I use regular salt instead of sea salt for this recipe?

  45. These cookies look scrumptious! I am including them in my new Milky Way cupcake recipe post- to share more Milky Way recipes from other bloggers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. We made these last year to use up some halloween candy and they were delicious!

  47. this is the perfect recipe to make with all the Milky Way bars my kiddos will bring home trick or treating!ย 

  48. What a tasty treat! These cookies are delicious- it’s a great way to use of some of the leftover Halloween candy bars!

  49. It’s very fitting that you use Milky Ways because these cookies are out-of-this-world delicious!

  50. These look so delicious! I never thought to add a candy bar to a cookie, the kids will ย love these! Thanks for another great recipe!ย 

  51. My kids are asking me to make this again! It is their new favorite!

  52. Using the Milky Way candy bars definitely take a chocolate chip cookie up to a higher level!ย 

  53. I have always loved Milky way candy bars, but this recipe took them to a whole new level. This cookie recipe was just SO SO good.

  54. Isn’t it great when you can remake old favorites? These sound yummy.

  55. Liz, these are so irresistible with the chunks of Milky Way inside! My favorite way to eat candy bars!

  56. I would absolutely inhale these beauties Liz – can’t wait to give them a try!!

  57. Oh My! these can be a dangerous things in my house! I mean it’s a doubly serious goodness in a cookie.. I would have to hide them from me!

  58. What an incredible, irresistible treat! The milky way chocolate bar addition looks amazing. Will definitely be trying these soon (need to get more sugar though).
    By the way, Iโ€™ve baked your skillet chocolate chip cookies more times than I can count now! Itโ€™s been my staple birthday cookie since isolation! I love that itโ€™s portable and easy to reheat to make sure no germs were passed along. A perfect contactless birthday cookie drop.

  59. I haven’t had a Milky Way in years! What a great way to use them, I’d love to give these a try.

  60. These sounded so good but I imagined having to cut up the candy bars…NO? Honestly I have the caramel and chocolate chips…yep, these will be made stat!

  61. Great reminder of these cookies…and yes, love the idea of adding Milky Way candy bars to the chocolate chips cookies…have a great weekend and stay safe Liz!

  62. Milky Way was my favorite chocolate bar as a kid, so these cookies must be amazingly delicious! ย I’m afraid that I’d eat far too many, Liz!
    xo
    Roz

  63. These look so chewy! That is our weakness, a chewy chocolate cookie. I don’t think we can make these as I know I would have to eat the whole darn batch. These cookies would call us in the middle of the night. LOL Stay well and take care

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