Butterfinger Candy Bar Cookies
Okay, let’s get this out of the way right now. Butterfinger Candy Bar Cookies are awesome! Really. These lovely cookies have everything you want in a cookie. They’re rich, decadent and filled with Butterfinger candy bars. That means they’re also loaded with chocolate and peanut butter. Yum!
I was not actually planning on posting this recipe before the New Year. But John got a text from a large church in Houston who received some of these cookies. They liked them so much they wanted to put them on a regular cafe menu for their church. So I decided to go ahead and post this recipe now because they wanted the recipe.
After Halloween, I asked my husband to go buy a bunch of candy on sale so I could bake with it. He got 6 or 7 different kinds of candy. So I had tons of candy laying around my house and needed to start using it up. I decided to use up some of the Butterfinger Candy Bars as cookies.
I started with a favorite recipe and realized immediately that wasn’t going to work and improvisations were going to be required. Second batch: I added a little flour. That still didn’t work. My husband looked at me and said most of these candies have a lot of oil (from the chocolate, peanut butter and sometimes caramel in their contents). Ding, ding, ding, ding. The lightbulb went off and I realized I needed to cut out some of the butter. That was the big difference.
The third batch I decreased the butter by 1/2 cup and increased the flour by 1/3 cup. That seemed to work with almost all of the candies except those that have a lot of flour content in them already. Those batches (using different candy bars) needed the decrease in butter but not a corresponding increase in flour. (I’m sorry, I know this is getting into the weeds).
I made four batches of this recipe at a time. Several other times I made eight batches instead of four. That’s a lot of cookie dough! I didn’t want to take time to roll out ALL of that cookie dough so I decided to scoop the dough instead. I knew it would be a lot easier and a lot quicker. Do understand that scooping the dough makes monster size cookies. They will take much longer to bake. But oh, so worth it! 🙂
I made these cookies for our annual Christmas Cookie Extravaganza this year. I was in the middle of baking hundreds and even a thousand cookies a day for a two week period. My pictures reflect the second version of this cookie rather than the third version which was spectacular. The cookies will have more body and be thicker than those in my pictures following this recipe. That’s okay. That’s the way they’re supposed to turn out.
Let me give you a few tips about making these cookies:
- Soften the butter. I had mine laying out on the counter from the night before.
- Stir the flour and Butterfinger Candy Bars into the dough until there are no more crumbs. Not one more! If the mixture is too dry it will be hard to scoop the dough. If you make large batches like me, sometimes it took ten minutes to get the dough stirred sufficiently.
- I know it seems like a LOT of flour. It is. But because of the content of sugar and oil from the Candy Bars, unless you have these proportions, the cookies will run into each other and not hold their shape.
- These whopper sized cookies take a long time to bake. I rotated the racks every six minutes while baking. Because I baked no less than three cookie sheets at a time, most of the time the cookies took between 19-24 minutes to bake sufficiently.
- Only when I had a single rack of cookies (three left) did the cookies bake in 13 minutes.
- To check for doneness: The cookies really start puffing up around the 12-14 minute mark. But they will be moist on top for about 5 more minutes. You have to get the cookies to the point where they have risen and baked and no moisture is left on top. The cookies will look and feel firm when done. They won’t look like they’re still in the puffing and raising stage.
- I know this is a judgment thing from baking cookies for so many decades, but it’s almost better to err on the side of a little too much rather than too little baking time (for these whopper-sized cookies).
- If you take the cookies out of the oven and they fall or sink in the middle (after about a minute), the cookies are underdone and you will have a doughy cookie in the middle.
- Space the dough out on the greased cookie sheets. These cookies will spread. Make sure you space them out a little more than you would normally for cookies.
- Make sure you generously grease or spray the cookie sheets. The sugar from the candy bars caramelizes while baking and that can be hard to get the cookies out of the pan unless sufficiently greased.
- The biggest thing I will reiterate: rotate the cookies every six minutes while baking. Every six minutes. This will prevent some getting overdone because of hot spots in the oven.
- I used convection bake most of the time while baking these for more even baking. The cookies didn’t cook any faster but the heat flowed through the oven more evenly.
- Because the pans are rotated (and you have to keep your oven open), the temperature in the oven drops. That’s why the cookies take a little longer to bake than normal.
Butterfinger Candy Bar Cookies are dynamic. Seriously. These cookies will knock your socks off. If you need a cookie for holiday parties or Christmas Cookie Exchanges, this is it! They’re also marvelous for tailgating parties, potlucks and any time you need a dose of chocolate. 🙂
Butterfinger Candy Bar Cookies are spectacular!
This is a great recipe to use up leftover Halloween candy!
Every bite will have you drooling!
We loved the taste of Butterfinger Candy Bar Cookies.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients. In subsequent batches I used only two sticks of butter and more flour.
Place two sticks (1 cup) softened butter in a mixing bowl. Add eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla, sea salt and baking soda.
Cream ingredients with an electric mixer until smooth. If your butter isn’t soft enough it will take longer to get the hardened pieces of butter mixed in. However, you don’t want to use melted butter. That changes the consistency of the cookie.
Add UNBLEACHED all-purpose flour (bleached flour toughens baked goods). Add chopped Butterfinger Candy Bars.
Stir ingredients with a heavy spoon until every crumb is worked into the dough! Do not leave any remnants of dry flour. Keep stirring! I prefer to do this by hand because using a mixer can toughen the cookies.
Scoop cookie dough with a one-quarter cup cookie scoop. I patted the cookie dough into the scoop to make the ingredients adhere a little better.
Place cookie dough on well-greased cookie sheets. Space the dough apart so there are several inches between cookies because the cookies will spread while baking.
Bake at 350 on convection bake for about 13-15 minutes for a single cookie sheet. I was baking 3 racks in each oven at a time. My cookies took 19-22 minutes to bake completely. Rotate cookies on racks every six minutes while baking.
Butterfinger Candy Bar Cookies really taste heavenly.
These are terrific cookies for any kind of party. They will be gobbled up in no time.
Look at all that Butterfinger Candy Bar goodness! 🙂
Here’s the recipe.
BUTTERFINGER CANDY BAR COOKIES
(My own concoction)
Butterfinger Candy Bar Cookies will rock your world!
I could have eaten a dozen of these cookies in one sitting. 🙁
Butterfinger Candy Bar Cookies is a splendid way to enjoy Butterfinger Candy Bars!