Brown Butter Chocolate Candy Surprise Cookies

OK, so that title is a mouthful. But, so is this cookie. A gloriously buttery, chewy, tender, chocolate-y mouthful. A mouthful that has a delectable surprise in every bite. Mmmmmm.

Have you ever tasted cookies made with brown butter? They’re A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I mean, I’ve never met a cookie I didn’t like, but brown butter does something special to cookies. It infuses them this great buttery, nutty, toffee-esque flavor and elevates them to a whole new, mind blowing level of deliciousness. Seriously. I am definitely making all my cookies with brown butter from now on.

As for the “chocolate candy surprise”…well, instead of chocolate chips, I chopped up an assortment of candy bars and threw them into the batter. I’m talking Snickers…Symphony Bars…Twix…Three Musketeers…Hershey’s Bars…Yes, I have a lot of leftover Halloween candy in the pantry. But you know what? Candy bars are amazing — so much more interesting and delicious in cookies than chocolate chips. No two cookies are the same, and each bite gives you a different combination of textures and flavors. Yup, these are the snowflakes of the cookie world. And who doesn’t love snowflakes?

Brown Butter Chocolate Candy Surprise Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 2-1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups chopped assorted candy bars (I used Rollos, Snickers, Twix, Three Musketeers, Symphony bars, and Hershey's bars)
  1. Directions:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 and grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Begin by melting your butter in a small sauce pan over low heat, stirring constantly. Continue stirring until the butter stops foaming has reached a deep brown/amber color and smells like toffee/nuts.
  4. Pour butter into a large bowl, and add sugars. Whisk until smooth.
  5. Add the eggs one a time, mixing until fully incorporated.
  6. Beat in the vanilla and mix until light and fully.
  7. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk until just combined.
  8. Dump in the candy bar bits and mix for another couple of seconds to combine.
  9. Drop spoonfuls of dough onto your baking sheet.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a cooling rack. (Cookies will be puffy straight out of the oven, and will settle down into nooks/crannies as they cool.)
  12. Enjoy warm or cold, with a cold glass of milk!

(Adapted from Buns in My Oven)


  1. says

    Yum, I love brown butter cookies! It is amazing the taste that transforms from brown butter. I was reading this post going “what is the surprise?!” Anyway, chocolate candy is a great idea. I have a ton of mixed variety chocolate candy bars left over from the candy bar at my wedding. This is perfect!

    • justputzing says

      Haha I know, I guess it’s not REALLY a surprise, but the name sounded pretty good, right? And I LOVE the idea of having a candy bar at wedding receptions!

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