Snickers Bar Cookies

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Using candy bars in baking is nothing new, though I find that the recipes that include a candy bar within the ingredients tend to be pretty popular in the internet world. A candy bar is a treat in itself, so it’s no surprise that it sparks intrigue and interest when it is tucked inside of something just as decadent. I did a little investigating on my RecipeGirl Facebook Fan Page the other day… to see what was the favorite candy bar among my readers. Heath/Skor bars won by a mile (I agree!), but close behind were Butterfingers, Reeses, Twix and Snickers.

Snickers is the choice for my next baked good experiment: Snickers Bar Cookies. I picked up these babies for next to nothing on clearance after Valentine’s Day.

Here’s the how-to: Whip up my favorite chunky peanut butter cookie dough, and then roll the dough into little balls. **Please note: I am not a professional hand model. I wish I were. And if you have any skill in reading palms, let me know- I’d be up for hearing what’s in my future.

Pat those cookie balls into little pancakes.

A mini snickers bar is placed on top of each peanut butter cookie pancake.

Wrap those peanut butter cookie pancakes around the snickers. Hide the candy bar completely with the peanut butter cookie dough.

On a cookie sheet, you’re going to lightly flatten the cookie dough wrapped snickers with a sugared fork. Why sugared? Try it without sugar and you’ll realize why 🙂

Criss cross. Just because that’s what you’re supposed to do with peanut butter cookies.

Add a few pieces of chopped snickers on top (you want as much candy bar stuff in this cookie as you can possibly get). I think you’ll agree that it’s best that way.

Here’s the Snickers Bar Cookie- all baked up and ready to eat.

If you eat it warm, you’ll come across ooey-gooey Snickers Bar-stuff inside.

Or plate them, and serve them up later.

I brought these as a little gift for two of my favorite food blogging friends (Jenny and Mandy) when we met for breakfast recently. Mandy had her three beautiful girls with her, and they promptly chowed down on my Snickers Bar Cookies. Kid Approved 🙂 So what do you think? Are candy bars in cookies a good idea? What’s your fave?

Snicker's Bar Cookies

Candy bars make everything taste better (that's my opinion)...

Yield: About 20 cookies

Prep Time: 30 min + chill time

Cook Time: 10 min


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup chunky peanut butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (11.5 ounce) package Snickers Miniatures (or similar amount cut into chunks)


1. Line cookie sheet or two with parchment paper or silpat mats.

2. In a large bowl, combine butter, peanut butter and sugars using a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt. Mix flour into peanut butter mixture; mix until just combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough for at least 2 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Unwrap Snickers. Shape dough into 1-inch balls (about 1 rounded Tablespoon). Flatten ball in your hand and place a mini Snickers Bar on top. Wrap dough around the candy and place on cookie sheet. Use a sugared fork to criss-cross the top of the cookie and press down slightly. Cut up some extra, smaller chunks of Snickers Bar and place 2 or 3 on top of each cookie. Spread out the cookies so that there are only 6 or 8 per cookie sheet (they'll spread out a bit).

4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are set.


Other candy bar cookie recipes you might enjoy:
Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies by RecipeGirl
Chocolate Fudge Butterfinger Cookies by Picky Palate
Rolo Cookies by Two Peas & Their Pod

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  • cheryl wrote:

    It’s Christmas time and I’m wanting to know how will these freeze I have so many different batches to make. Would love to make a few of yours and give you credit I always pass out recipes.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I always freeze all of my cookies, including these. Just keep them in a covered container. Should be fine!

  • Donna wrote:

    My husband wanted to throw out some Snickers that were stale, but I thought somewhere there has to be a way to use them…will try this tomorrow…looks yummy!

  • Amy wrote:

    Oh boy Christmas 2012 watch out!!!! I might have to wait & bake these on the 23rd, because I seriously don’t think I’ll be able to make them a few days earlier & have them last!!!!

  • VERONIKA wrote:

    your cookies looks yummy. l eat snickers but l didn”t know until now that it is good for baking cookies too.

  • Tonia wrote:

    WOW! I made these for my family and they absolutely love them! My husband told me that I would have to make these often. Thanks for this recipe!

  • Gaby Vizuet wrote:

    I made the dough last night. I got tired and went to bed. I ignored the direction of leaving it in the fridge for 2hrs. The dough this morning was very hard to use but with the warmth from my hands it got more manageable/pliable.

    But the recipe was wonderful! This is the second recipe I have tried and both were super YUMMY! The first one was the snickerdoodle cookie! My brother LOVED them!!

    Thanks! I can’t wait to make more recipes, especially for my husband! Hopefully all of them are delicious!!!!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thx for the tips on the changes- I went ahead and edited 🙂

  • Joanne wrote:

    I made these and also used a variety of candy pieces (Reese’s Cups, Twix, etc.) and took them into work and they were gone FAST! This is absolutely an amazing (and simple) recipe and the cookies don’t often turn out the prettiest with melted, gooey chocolate pieces on them, but they always turn out yummy!

    I love your site and I’ve also turn a few of my friends into fans as well. Thank you for letting us into your kitchen 🙂

  • Haley wrote:

    This sounds so yummy. I am 14 and I am known around my family for making great desserts! I cant wait to see there faces when I bake these cookies.
    P.S Awesome website!!:)

  • Mrs. L wrote:

    I love Snickers and anything made with Snickers! This is right up my alley!

  • Avanika wrote:

    These look amazing. I love how they flatten out, so you don’t realise they’re stuffed until you bite into them.

    P.S – I’m so happy you started posting recipes on the same page!

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      @Avanika, More of that to come… the site is in the middle of a complete re-design so the recipes will now ALL be on the same page as the post! yay!

  • Olga @ MangoTomato wrote:

    I’ve never done this with cookies, but I like dropping chopped Snickers bar into a boxed brownie mix 😉