Right before the 4th of July I did a post on Snickers Cookie Squares telling you all how good they are, and how easy they are to bring to social functions; especially summer functions. Both of which are very true!
For the cookie squares I used a fairly new product that you may have already seen, called Snickers unwrapped bites. Now they also have Milky Way unwrapped bites, just like the new Snickers bites.
Isn’t life wonderful? Ooh, the possibilities with these yummy little nuggets are endless! Ounce per ounce they’re a little expensive, but they do go on sale frequently. I strongly recommend picking up two or three bags when they go on sale at a store near you.
I will warn you right now, these bags only contain about eight ounces. At first it seems like quite a bit, but it really isn’t. Once the bag is open, they go quick!
So, what you see here is a picture of my XL Milky Way Chocolate Chip Cookies on a cooling rack.
The picture doesn’t exactly do a good job of conveying exactly how delicious these cookies are! See those Milky Way bites? They’re like little pillows of deliciousness melted into a fabulous homemade chocolate chip cookie.
Of course you can make the cookies any size you want to. I make a lot of my cookies XL, because that’s how I usually sell them at the Farmer’s Market.
My feeling is, if you’re going to sell someone a cookie, sell them a cookie they can really dig their teeth into!
To make XL size cookies I usually use my muffin top pans. I love my muffin top pans! They’re great for all kinds of baking. But again, you can make the cookies any size you want to, they’re your cookies!
So let’s talk about a few basic concepts here.
Taste: I like these cookies best made with a homemade chocolate chip cookie dough that you add the Milky Way bites to. Of course, you can purchase cookie dough if you prefer. I know lots of people who never make their own cookie dough.
Texture: I was very concerned that the whole Milky Way bites would be to chunky for the cookies but they’re not. They’re actually very good whole! Keep in mind, a Milky Way is soft in the middle. So they tend to just kind of meld into whatever you’re baking. This is a good thing my friends!
Originality: I fully admit this isn’t a brand new concept. Although, where I live, I can honestly say I can’t buy anything like this. So I make my own.
I think somewhere in the world just about everything has been done with chocolate chip cookie dough. I wanted to see how these big beauties would bake up AND take the guess work out of it for all of you!
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding mix (this will help keep the cookies soft)
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 – (8 ounce bag) Milky Way Bites
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a silicon baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
2. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. By hand, slowly add the flour, salt, baking soda, and instant pudding mix. Mix until combined. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Mix until mini chocolate chips are evenly distributed through dough. Gently mix in the Milky Way bites; mix until combined.
3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out about 2 TBS of dough. Shape into a ball. Slightly press down on baking sheet. XL cookies will require 3-4 tablespoons of dough.
4. Bake XL cookies like mine for 13 to 15 minutes, or regular size cookies for about 8-12 minutes for regular size cookies. Bake until cookies are golden at edges. Do not overbake cookies. Cool for 10 minutes while still in muffin top pans or on cookie sheets before moving cookies. Then gently remove cookies with spatula to wire racks to cool completely.
MAKES 12 XL COOKIES, 24 regular size cookies
Adapted from: Baking Blonde’s Peanut Butter Cookies