Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

I had a big bag of Snickers Fun Size candy bars that were begging to be eaten.

Or baked into soft, chewy, gooey chocolate chip cookies.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let me start off by saying these are my favorite chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made. Snickers just sweeten the deal. Literally.

Snickers were a favorite childhood candy bar and I could wolf down a Snickers bar after school in just minutes. Like their old slogan goes, “Packed with peanuts, Snickers really satisfies”, and they do.


The density, the peanuts, caramel, nougat, chewiness, and the layers of texture make them an easy favorite. Unlike some candy bars that just make you want to eat another candy bar, at least after a Snickers I’m satisfied.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Although people now seem to shun a ‘candy bar’ in favor of a protein bar, bite for bite, I don’t think there’s much difference in the caloric values. If I’m going to eat 200 calories in chocolate bar form, I’d rather eat a real candy bar than a protein bar made to taste like a candy bar, which usually comes up short and tastes fake anyway.

Sally recently linked to an article which states that Snickers is the most popular candy bar in the US, followed by M&Ms, then Reese’s. I have recipes for cookies and bars using America’s favorite candies (Soft and Chewy M&Ms Cookies and Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Dough Crumble Bars) and both have been very popular with readers.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Snickers cookies use the same dough base I used in the M&Ms Cookies, adapted just slightly from Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies. I love this dough base because it produces consistently soft and chewy cookies, isn’t fussy, and people write with glowing reports when they try it.

I actually like this version better than the Chocolate Chip and Chunk version, which uses a combo of bread and all-purpose flour. I’ve determined that with this doing, using 100% all-purpose flour is my preference.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cornstarch is the unique ingredient that keeps the cookies so soft and light, like Keebler Softbatch cookies, but they’re not cakey or dry in the least. For anyone who’s jumped on the Pudding Cookie or Cake Mix Cookie crazes, those cookies turn out so soft because the first ingredient in pudding or cake mix tends to be ‘modified food starch’. Adding a couple teaspoons of corn starch to cookie dough lends similar results.

They’re very straightforward and easy to make. Cream the butter, egg, sugars, and vanilla very well, about 5 minutes. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined before folding in diced Snickers and chocolate chips. If you have another candy bar you prefer, by all means, use it.

I try to strategically place the chunks of Snickers on the top and sides of the cookies rather than the bottoms, both for cosmetic purposes and so exposed caramel and nougat isn’t baking directly on the baking sheet. If you notice an exposed hunk towards the base, relocate it to the top or side. It’s not imperative, but just a little trick.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

The dough must be chilled for at least 2 hours before baking or they cookies will be prone to spreading and will bake thin.

If you want nice, thick, soft, puffy centers, with chewy edges, chill your dough. If you want thin, wimpy, flat-as-pancake cookies, then don’t. Your choice.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can see the Snickers Cookies I made two years ago using the Nestle Tollhouse recipe as the dough base, and the dough wasn’t well-chilled.

It’s amazing how two recipes for chocolate chip cookies can produce such vastly different looking cookies. Both the recipe itself and the chilling play a role, but I think chilled dough is more integral than the nuances of the recipe used.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

The dough can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days before baking. I like to bake a half dozen or so at a time, just what I know we’re going to want to eat fresh and warm in the next hour or two. They stay soft for a week, but I doubt you’ll have a problem with them lingering.

Bake them for 8 or 9 minutes, not more than 10. They may look grossly underdone and very glossy at 8 to 9 minutes, but I assure you they firm up dramatically as they cool. Don’t wait to pull them from the oven until you think they’re done. That’s way too late, and you’ll end up with Hard and Crispy, not Soft and Chewy.

I sometimes even make the mistake myself of thinking they’re not done at 8 minutes and leave them in closer to 10, but always prefer the 8 minute cookies.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

They are so, so soft, light, moist, and tender. The dough is buttery and the centers are ooey and gooey, while the edges are a bit firmer with chewiness.

The big hunks of Snickers and melted chocolate chips in every bite make these a perfect choice for those who want extra chocolate and texture in your traditional chocolate chip cookies, without heading into the category of the monster cookies I see on Pinterest, where half the kitchen pantry of add-ins are dumped in.

You can really appreciate the Snickers in these.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

I started baking 4 cookies at a time with my leftover dough. Because if there were more on the tray, I would happily eat them until they were gone. I loved them that much.

Melty, oozing chocolate and candy bars are pretty hard to resist. Snickers really satisfies.

Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies are even better with chunks of Snickers baked in. This cookie dough is my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough base, producing cookies that are so ssoft, moist, and tender in the interior with perfectly chewy edges. The dough is buttery, with hints of vanilla. Cornstarch is the unique ingredient that keeps them extra soft. There’s an abundance of Snickers and chocolate chips in every bite to tame your chocolate cravings. The dough can be made in advance, refrigerated, and baked off as desired, up to 5 days later. A great option to have for fresh, warm cookies without having to mix up dough. I highly recommend these cookies!


3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 heaping cup Snickers, diced small and loosely piled in measuring cup (or another variety of candy including M&Ms, Milky Way, Peanut Butter Cups, Rolo, etc.)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until well-creamed, light and fluffy, about 5 minutes (or use a hand mixer and beat for at least 7 minutes).
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the Snickers, chocolate chips, and beat momentarily to incorporate, or fold in by hand.
  4. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping mounds (I made 26). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly with your palm, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  5. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, parchment, or spray with cooking spray. and place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet). Bake for 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not bake longer than 10 minutes as cookies will firm up as they cool (The cookies shown in the photos were baked with dough that had been chilled overnight, allowed to come to room temp for 15 minutes, and were baked for 8 minutes, with trays rotated at the 4-minute mark. They have chewy edges with soft, pillowy centers). Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing and transferring to a rack to finish cooling.
  6. Store cookies airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
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Related Recipes:

Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies – What a difference the dough base makes, and chilling the dough. It’s fun to see a side-by-side comparison

Chocolate Chip and Chunk Cookies – My favorite recipe for pure, unadulterated, perfect chocolate chip cookies. They’re soft, chewy, tender, moist, stay soft for days, are a snap to make, and have two kinds of chocolate. A solid, fuss-free, and straightforward recipe for chocolate chip cookies that yields fabulous results

Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with Peanut Butter Cups and Peanut Butter M&M’s – Made in a whoopie pie pan, so the cookies turn out like little deep dish pizzas. Thick, soft, chewy, and stuffed to the max with candy. A fun way to use up extra candy

New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Jacques Torres) – I stuffed more chocolate than I thought was possible into these cookies. Fresh from the oven, they’re wonderful, and although I don’t consider them my ‘perfect’ cookie many people adore these jumbo bakery-style cookies

Caramel Corn Chocolate Chip Cookies – There’s more add-ins than dough in these extremely well-stuffed cookies. If you like eating caramel corn by the handful, baking it into cookies is even better

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies – Chocolate Chip Cookies that have a bit of peanut butter and oatmeal added. Soft, moist, with plenty of chewy texture. The recipes uses melted butter so no mixer is required, and they stay soft for a week. If you like a variety of textures and flavors in your cookies, these are perfect

Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups – If you’ve ever had a problem with cookies spreading while baking, it’s impossible with these because they’re baked in a muffin pan. Between the nuttiness and richness from the browned butter, and brown sugar used in the dough, there’s great flavor depth. Dense and rich, with the perfect balance of chewy edges, squishy in the middle, and loaded with chocolate

Soft and Chewy M&Ms Cookies – The exact same cookies as today’s recipe, except they use M&Ms rather than Snickers. They’re a big hit on Pinterest and with readers, and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Just add Snickers, or another favorite candy

Snickers fan? Do you make cookies with candy or any unique add-ins? Favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe?

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170 comments on “Soft and Chewy Snickers Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. I do like snickers…your point about candy bars not being so different, calorie-wise, from protein bars is so true!

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  3. Oh man, you’ve really outdone yourself here, Averie! I mean snickers in cookies?! It doesn’t get better than that!

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  6. You should have sent the whole bag to me, Snickers are my fav candy bar!!

  7. Oh my goodness, Averie.

    This blog post is a cookie overload (in a very, very good way). If I wasn’t hungry before, I am now.

    I am a big fan of chewy cookies (and Snickers too). It’s much more satisfying than the crunchy ones. I think I will try this recipe with some added peanuts as well.

    Your chocolate chip cookie cups also look delicious. I’ve never seen anything like it!

  8. The protein vs candy bar calorie comparison is so true…and Snickers even makes their own version of a protein bar! I would love just about any kind of candy bar stuffed into a cookie (or mixed into ice cream). The nice thing about add-ins is you get the best of both worlds–a little candy and a little cookie. Your choc chunk and chip recipe became my favorite–love at first batch!

  9. I have a bag of snickers here in the fridge and I might make these tomorrow!

  10. I love putting candy bars in cookies! It’s a match made in heaven!
    This cookies look sinfully delicious. :)

  11. Ohhh my…adding Snickers must have made them irresistible!

  12. Okay 1: your cookie pics always make me so jealous. They are perfectly spaced, crisp and clear, and lighting is amazing. Second: I’ve definitely jumped on the pudding cookie bandwagon but it is because I like the idea of flavoring my cookies that way. For my basic chocolate chip cookie dough, I am going to use your cornstarch recipe – cheaper, easier and still the thick and chewy result. That’s what I live s out these about these! They are so thick! Great job!

    • They are perfectly spaced, crisp and clear, and lighting is amazing. <-- yes, this is very well planned and takes hour(s), I won't lie. going to use your cornstarch recipe – cheaper, easier and still the thick and chewy result. <-- YES do it; way cheaper and you dont need the flavoring and you're going to love the results. Keep me posted!

  13. Wow, these cookies look dangerously delicious! I think I would have to only make 4 at a time too because I would polish off the whole batch :) Yum, your cookies always look so good but these Snickers cookies look amazingly fantabulous! Thanks for sharing Averie, gotta try making these soon :)

  14. Your cookies always look perfect!!! I am in love…..again! Wow!!
    I am headed to the store soon and I just wrote snicker on my list. YES!

  15. Love, love, love! You know Snickers are my very favorite. And when you told me about these, I couldn’t wait to see them! They are such a fabulous candy bar to add to goodies. The caramel, nuts, milk chocolate, and I love how the nougat gets all gooey when baked. I could NOT be trusted around these Averie. Your chocolate always looks so melty in photos, I love it. I recently came up with a new chocolate chip cookie recipe that I can honestly say is as fabulous as our beloved CS recipe. I can’t wait to share it!

    • Oh gosh, wow, that’s going to be QUITE the recipe. Can’t wait to see it! I definitely love this recipe even more now that I have used it with AP vs. bread flour. Like so much that I dont want to cheat on it!

      I know you’re the Snickers queen and thought about you the whole time I was making these…then saw your snickers post the next day. We are twins!

  16. nuts are my favorite snack! and Snickers, ofcourse.

  17. You can never go wrong adding snickers to anything.
    My only problem is when I unwrap the snickers I tend to eat them before they go into cookie batter!

  18. So yummy looking! Candy makes everything better! Totally agree that a candy bar is so much more worth 200 calories than some supposedly healthier protein bar.

  19. Always loved snickers. Kind of hard to go wrong with caramel and peanuts though.

  20. Oh I do like Snickers a lot, just like Mars :) I’m very curious about Cornstarch now. Need to check it. And the idea for cookies – as always great :)

  21. Wow, these look beautiful! I have to say I’m a little surprised that your favorite candy bar is Snickers and that you loved putting them in cookies, because of your stated aversion to nuts in things (which I agree with…but I don’t like nuts in any form!)…so these must be great if you like them so much! :)

    • For some reason the nuts in them don’t bother me….I dunno! They just work! And just to clarify, I said that Snickers was ‘a favorite’ candy bar; not my all-time fave, but definitely ranks right up there…Butterfinger, Milky Way Dark, Reese’s Cups, Heath Bars, all get top nods, too!

  22. I LOVE soft cookies – these look amazing! And I am so with you – I would much rather spend 200 calories on a candy bar than on a protein bar. But even better would be a cookie with a candy bar in it :)

  23. I love the melty chocolate chips in your photos! Snickers in chocolate chip cookies sounds like the perfect snack. I’m constantly impressed with your ability to come up with new recipes all the time- you work so hard :)

  24. Oh my goodness, I can already feel these melting in my mouth! Your fun cookie twists never end, and I love it Averie!

  25. Averie, if you haven’t already won my heart over, you sure did with this recipe!

  26. Sounds like a wonderful recipe to use up any leftover candy bars (yeah right, like that ever happens around here! Ha ha!). :)

  27. I totally know what you mean about the candy bar/protein bar thing. There’s so much sugar and calories in those store bought protein bars, I wonder why you wouldn’t just eat the chocolate bar (which obviously tastes way better….and can be baked into your cookies ;) )

  28. Averie… I can’t even believe how decadent and amazing these cookies are!!!! I must have them!

  29. These sound amazing. I’m going to have to add cornstarch to my favorite cookie recipe. And candy!

  30. Gorgeous cookie award! I’ve heard about using cornstarch in cookies but haven’t tried it yet. Chocolate chip cookies are pretty much my favorite but I’m all for adding a candy bar to the party. :)

  31. I feel you on the protein bar thing! I used to eat them all the time, but now unless it’s something that’s natural like a Larabar or a Kind bar, it really does just feel like a fake, extra processed candy bar, and I’d rather bite into the real deal any day–but more so I’d rather bite into these perfect, gooey cookies! I love the oozing caramel and chocolate!

  32. ummmm YES. Happening. ASAP. Snickers are a total weakness of mine!

  33. Snickers are right up there as one of my favorite candies, so these cookies are really making me drool! They look so chewy and delicious.

  34. Your favorite choc chip cookies ever?! High praise, must try them! Love the Snickers addition… now if only I had one for breakfast ;).

  35. The recipe you can use over and over and switch up the add-ons is a keeper for sure! Especially if it makes such wonderful, puffy, soft cookies filled with chocolate and caramel! Pinned!

  36. If these are your favourite c.c. cookies, I’m definitely going to try the recipe! *Love* Snickers anything! :D

  37. I’ll take a dozen! Or two. Love the idea of putting snickers into a chocolate chip cookie. Two of my favorite things!

  38. We totally agree Averie. Snickers >>>>>> Twix. Ok maybe not >>>>>> but at least >>.

    Lovely pictures as always :)

  39. If this is your fav cookie recipe then I know I’m trying this.. your cookies are the best!!

  40. Chopped snickers in a cookie should be mandatory!

  41. Averie, you are the queen of cookies. Every cookie you’ve ever made blows me away with their unique and delicious flavour combinations and with just how darn perfect and beautiful they look. These are no exception – I LOVE putting candy bars into cookies. I haven’t done it with Snickers yet and I can’t wait -they’re one of my favourite bars. I fully agree with you about chocolate bar > protein bar. Hands down, no contest.

    • Thanks, Nancy! I would love to write a cookie cookbook one day but I don’t know if the market will bear (another!!) cookie cookbook. But I’d love to. And choc bars over protein bars, any day. Their stats are usually similar anyway!

  42. Oh boy, I am majorly salivating over here. Snickers are my favorite candy and these cookies look incredible. I so wish I could come over and swipe one of those puppies. :)

  43. Man, it seems like you can make anything you have lying around your house into a delicious cookie! I LOVE this!

  44. Omygaw do these cookies look good! I can’t keep fun sized Snickers in the house. Too. Dangerous.

  45. Oh wow, Averie! Eyerytime I take a look at your blog, I get the feeling that you’re bubbling with positive enery and power! You seem to be so active, yet loveable, disciplined, yet funny, impressive, yet human. All those COOKIES! Oh my, I’m seriously stunned. And you’re a yogi! Wow.
    Hadn’t I stopped believing in magic when I was 6, I’d bet you were wonderwoman!
    Your smile is contagious and every single one of your posts is sparkling – you really make me want to love the world.

    And i just discovered I adore your recipe Index because I can see which recipes are vegan. Sorry for this kitschy comment but this just had to be said.
    Best wishes from around the globe, Lara

    • Lara thanks for this lovely comment! I am definitely bubbling…sometimes with tons of energy and it’s kind of frantic and I’m running around like a nut trying to get everything in, but yes, I am a super disciplined person and sometimes feel like one has to be Superwoman these days to juggle work and family!

      Anyway, that comment just made my day. THANK YOU!!! :)

      And my recipe index – glad you like it. Soon I am going to have my recipe re-cataloged to make it even easier for searching by type, category, ingredients, etc but it’s a work in progress :)

  46. Holy YUMMMM! You never cease to amaze me with your creations!! “Cookies Cookbook” by Averie!! <—- It's screaming for you and your cookie creativity! :)

  47. Love this dough base! What better to do with a plethora of candy bars then bake them into cookies? I may be doing that with twix in the near future :) Also, that oozing chocolate picture…I think I need a warm, fresh cookie now!

  48. You make taking photos of cookies an art form Averie! You really need to teach a class or something. These cookies look fantastic, and they are beautiful!

    • Thanks, Dorothy. It’s taken 4 years, writing and shooting cookbooks, and literally thousands of cookies later for me to feel confident. But these shoots don’t happen fast and they are VERY well-time with regard to lighting. Thanks for noticing!!

  49. Are you seriously telling me that a HALF A DOZEN cookies lasted you a week?!!? No way dude.

    Also? This line cracked me up: “Let me start off by saying these are my favorite chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made.” Oh, if I had a nickel…. ;)

    My niece will eat Snickers at any time of day. Anytime we go to a store that sells them at the checkout, she asks for one or buys it herself. I swear that girl eats at least 3-4 a day. No joke.

    • No I never said a half dozen lasted a week! I said I bake 4 to 6 at a time and eat those within an HOUR. That’s what I wrote in the post!

      And of all the *chocolate chip* cookie recipes, these are my fave. I am not kidding. They are just incredible!

  50. Of all candy bars, Snickers is my ultimate fave choice to add chopped up to chocolate chip cookie dough batter. My favorite candy bar is Reese’s (better suited to your recipe for crumble bars), but Snickers fits the bill here with irresistible pools of caramel with peanuts! Would love to try in drop peanut butter cookie dough as well! Pinning to group boards… xo

    • Thanks for the pins and yes, in certain things soft Reeses are the ticket and in other things, something more substantial like a Snickers works better…but really, you can’t go wrong with candy :)

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