Movie Candy Cookies


So when I was little I wanted to be Kristy Nichol.

Do you guys remember her?

You have to remember that I grew up in the 80s.


So there was this movie that I was obsessed with called The Pirate Movie.  And I used to watch it over and over and over annnnd over.  I wanted my hair to be “feathered” like hers.  I wanted to be tan like she was.  And in that movie she wore this white, off the shoulder dress that I became obsessed with.  Like, if I could only have that dress my life would be perfect.


Around the same time I was Kristy McNichol-ing it I decided that I also wanted to be Mork.  From Ork.

I wore rainbow colored suspenders with pins.  Out in public.


As I got a little older I started relating to non-male, non-Pirate types.

Like Alyssa Milano.

She was basically the coolest.  And at least she dressed 80s-normal.

After Alyssa it was Kelly Kapowski.  And then Kelly Taylor.  Both who could totally pull off the half-shirt/high waisted jeans combo.

But since my mother wouldn’t let me out of the house wearing a half-shirt, I was stuck with just the high waisted jeans.

High waisted jeans and hair that grew out rather than down.

I think I looked a lot more like Mork than Kelly Kapowski.

This explains a lot about my life.


There were other obsessions along the way…like the My Two Dads girl, Blair from The Facts of Life and even Wanda Plenn from Doogie Houser.

I just knew that if I was one of those girls, I could end up on the cover of Big Bopper and marrying Kirk Cameron and live happily ever after.


Luckily none of that happened.


When I watch movies or TV nowadays I relate more to people like me now.   I mean, elastic pants are so my jam.


The fact that I will never be Kelly Kapowski doesn’t stop me from watching TV though, it’s still a bit of a sore spot, but it’s nothing a few cookies can’t quell.

So in honor of all my favorite movies and TV shows I made Movie Candy cookies.

It’s basically an homage.


You have a little McNichol in there, a little Milano and even a little Mork…


Feel free to adapt if you’re more a Donna Martin or Blanche.


These cookies are so great because they’re big and fat and loaded with candy.

On second thought, these aren’t Kapowski at all…

That’s why it never happened for me.


Start with butter and peanut butter.  Melt them together.


Pour that deliciousness in with some brown sugar, eggs and vanilla…

Photobucket After you’ve added your flour and baking soda, things start to get fun.

Go ahead, stick your face in there…


Make the dough into “golf ball” sized dough balls and put them on your baking sheet.

You should really sprinkle them with sea salt now.  It’s good.


Then bake!  Aren’t they pretty…


Now, if you added Milk Duds, you might have a little oozing happen…

Which is kind of perfect, if you ask me…

Photobucket Then you should definitely take a bite.

Or three.



Movie Candy Cookies
makes about 30 cookies
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups assorted candy (I used 1 cup Raisinettes, ¾ cup Milk Duds, ¾ cup Reese's Pieces, ½ cup Mini M&Ms)
  • *optional flaked or coarse sea salt for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 325°
  2. Combine butter and peanut butter in a microwave safe bowl and melt together for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Continue in 15 second increments until mixture is melted and smooth.
  3. In a separate large bowl whisk together flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. In your stand mixer combine eggs, egg yolks, vanilla and sugar. Mix on medium until combined and smooth. Turn mixer to low and slowly pour in your butter/peanut butter mixture. Continue stirring until combined.
  5. With mixer still on low, gradually add your flour mixture until just combined. Batter will be thick.
  6. Now add in your assorted candies and stir until they are evenly distributed.
  7. Now form you batter into "golf ball" sized dough balls. I used my 3 Tbsp scooper.
  8. Place on a baking sheet, about 2" apart and sprinkle with sea salt flakes (if desired). Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  9. Cookies will be puffy, but will be golden around the edges.
  10. Let cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.


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August 30, 2012 10:36 am

OMG, kinda obsessing over these. Can it get any better? (The answer is no.) And I totally wanted to be Sailor Moon and Clarissa from Clarissa Explains It All, so I was all “WHY can’t we live in a two-story house so that guy could climb up to my window and chat with me randomly!?” it was obvious my parents were out to ruin my dreams of becoming a know-it-all preteen.


I love cookies that ooze!! Sounds strange but it’s true. These are my kind of cookies, for sure.

August 30, 2012 10:41 am

These are pure genius!! Looks amazing!

August 30, 2012 10:54 am

Milk dud ooze!! Love it.

August 30, 2012 10:59 am

I grew up in the 80’s too, but I don’t remember The Pirate Movie, although I LOVED “Little Darlings”! And I remember Christopher Atkins from the Blue Lagoon. Hmmm… what does that say about me? Guess I loved me some raunch back then! 😛

I pulled out some high waisted jeans a few months back (yes, I still had them). I remembered they fit so well & looked so cute on… uh, NO! Double no! And can I get an Ewww?!

August 30, 2012 11:00 am

I’m pretty sure they’re outlawed in some states…

August 30, 2012 2:52 pm

The Pirate Movie is one of my all time favorites from when I was a kid! It also stars the guy from Blue Lagoon, as the male lead! TPM is a spoof of The Pirates of Penzance, and I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like silly humor and musicals.

August 30, 2012 11:04 am

LOL we all wanted to be those girls, now I just want a cookie!

August 30, 2012 11:04 am

ummm those look like heaven. Especially the one with the oozey milkdud (my FAVE!!!)

August 30, 2012 11:30 am

These look gorgeous and delicious. The photo of the goodie oozing out, the first thing that came into my mind was, “That is so wrong.” (But in the best way possible!)

August 30, 2012 11:32 am

Incredible! Like, just incredible! You never cease to amaze me. Never. I am all over these! Thanks for sharing! XO

August 30, 2012 11:37 am

I cannot wait to go to the Dollar Tree to buy the candy so I can try out this recipe. It looks sooo very good and sinful. I may have to take them to a friend and share with her & her family. As for wanting to be those girls – nope, not me. But I did like Tabitha from Bewitched and Daisy Duke from the Dukes of Hazard. And yes, I wore my Daisy Dukes with pride (at least when I was younger and had the figure to make them look good). Again, can’t wait to try these cookies!

August 30, 2012 12:02 pm

these look amazing – my family will FLIP for them! i’m pinning this and definitely making them soon!!

August 30, 2012 12:22 pm

Oh yum!! Fabulous cookies Shelly!!

August 30, 2012 12:23 pm

would natural peanut butter work in these? they look divine!

June 27, 2013 8:51 pm

I used natural peanut butter and they came out fantastic.

August 30, 2012 12:44 pm

I wanted to be Janet Jackson. Her abs, man. They were hardcore.

I’ll never get her abs if you keep making cookies like this. Also, I’ll just never get her abs. So, keep the cookies coming.


Hmm these could be some pretty dangerous cookies – they are filled with all of the best movie candy. How could anyone possibly resist them?! I am dying over that caramel goo from the milk duds..

August 30, 2012 1:12 pm

Yum, yum, yum!

Carla @ Carla's Confections
August 30, 2012 2:12 pm

Oh I love the oozing action! Looks so perfect. I want to make these and take them to the movies! That’s like three treats in one!


Oh the memories this post brings back…..
Love how thick and full of candy these are! So many possibilities.

August 30, 2012 2:19 pm

I want to have a movie night with these cookies SOON!

August 30, 2012 2:22 pm

Brilliant! Amazing cookies!

August 30, 2012 2:28 pm

I’ve noticed you use flaked sea salt a lot. I have looked at my local Safeway and Trader Joe’s wth no luck in finding it. Where did you purchase yours? It looks scrumptious!

August 30, 2012 2:59 pm

Thanks for taking me down memory lane with some of those characters :)

August 30, 2012 3:01 pm

I used to want to be the Red Power Ranger. No, not the Pink one. The red one. But I also wanted to be any of the Babysitter’s Club girls, and Maid Marion from Robin Hood, and I’ll admit even in my late teens I wanted to be Mia from The Princess Diaries at least a little bit. These cookies look awesome. And they look like something my movie buddy (Our second German exchange student) and I would totally enjoy if she were in the states right now. We used to get piles and piles of snacks for a movie… Read more »

August 30, 2012 3:13 pm

OMG Shelly you’ve outdone yourself. I never thought to throw all of these goodies TOGETHER into a cookie before. Milk duds are da bomb. and EEEEK.. I cringe when I look at old pictures of myself in high waisted jeans!

August 30, 2012 3:15 pm

YOU CRACK ME UP!!!!! I too was obsessed with all of the above. I just wanted to be like both the Kelly’s! Didn’t happen for me either. But I do love watching reruns of Saved by the Bell with my two daughters now!
BTW, cookies look good too!!!!

August 30, 2012 3:25 pm

I loved reading all the 80s references today. I kept saying, “I remember that!” “I wanted to be her, too!” “I need that dress!”

Oh, and the cookies look great, too :)

August 30, 2012 3:38 pm

What I need to know is if you also had the three colored Mork shirt. Because I did. And I wore it. Every week with pride. Good lord, the fact that my parents never had me committed is really causing me to question their parenting abilities.

Holly Dahlquist
August 30, 2012 3:59 pm

Did you know that Blair is going to be on Survivior this season?

August 30, 2012 4:32 pm

Mmmm candy and cookies are such good friends!

August 30, 2012 4:48 pm

I just have to say, first of all 1) Were you spying on my childhood?! I love all the TV references. It brings back so many memories. =) 2) I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE all your recipes. So far, I haven’t found one I don’t like. Keep up the good work!

August 30, 2012 5:20 pm

Absolutely love this post!!! Brought me back to my favorite shows and favorite candies at the movies! Thank you!!

August 30, 2012 5:27 pm

Forget ‘when I was a kid’, I love The Pirate Movie now! I actually own it on DVD and VHS! The singing, the side jokes, the outfits, and Christopher Atkins – HOT!

August 30, 2012 5:28 pm

I’m almost afraid to make these for fear I would eat all the dough before they even hit the oven! They look and sound wonderful!!!

August 30, 2012 5:30 pm

Wow, now THESE are some cookies! There’s something for everyone in them – and that shot with the leaking Milk Dud or whatever it is that’s all drippy and caramely, mmmm, I want that bite!

August 30, 2012 5:40 pm

Oh yum come to mama. lol!

August 30, 2012 6:54 pm

Thanks for bringing back the 80’s TV and Movies. I love the Pirate Movie! I remember watching it over and over. Thanks for these amazing cookie recipe I’m going to make them for my son’s soccer team.

August 30, 2012 7:18 pm

totally need these in my life right now. movie theater candy is the best. i usually eat them way too fast before the movie even begins. just like i’d eat these cookies way before they even had time to cool.

August 30, 2012 7:26 pm

Ha! Ha! Ha! Kristy McNichol! I was a child of the 70’s and I wanted to be Kristy McNichol! Who knew she spanned the decades! In the 70’s she was on a show called Family where she played an awesome character named Buddy Lawrence who wore overalls and had groovy boyfriends like Willie Aames and Leif Garrett. She even won a skateboard competition and a disco dancing contest!! Your cookies look great – just the perfect snack to enjoy while watching Kristy and Tatum O’Neal in Little Darlings!!

August 30, 2012 8:38 pm

I must not have been cool since I don’t know some of the things you were talking about. I do love these cookies. Does that make me more cool? Blair from Facts of Life is going to be on Survivor this fall. I lived for Facts of Life.

August 30, 2012 9:06 pm

Kelly Kapowski was definitely on my top five list of people I wanted to be when I was little. Just don’t tell my mom cause I SO was not supposed to be watching Saved By The Bell. Or 90210. Oops.

These days..I’d rather eat these cookies. Much more my style.

August 30, 2012 10:04 pm

Wow-this took me back ! I still will watch 90210 and love every minute of it!!

These cookies look amazing and will be definitely baked up in my home!!

August 31, 2012 12:01 am

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August 31, 2012 12:01 am

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August 31, 2012 12:22 am

These would be great for Halloween, too! As always, love the commentary. :)

August 31, 2012 2:37 am

These look unbelievable and I love all the memories! Talk about taking me back. :-)

Holly Fink
August 31, 2012 9:58 am

You must be my twin……I loved all these people from the past!
Thanks for the reminder

August 31, 2012 11:32 am

Shelly….I love you AND your cookies. My word, woman! Those look incredible!

“I think I looked a lot more like Mork than Kelly Kapowski.” I was so totally rocking the Mork look. It was a good one. 😉

August 31, 2012 12:08 pm

Now you’re talking! Milk duds always reminds me of going to the movies as a kid:) Fabulous cookies!

August 31, 2012 2:40 pm

I want to make these and have a movie night with some friends!! They look fantastic!!!

August 31, 2012 4:29 pm

Alyssa Milano was definitely the coolest and these cookies are calling my name. I can’t resist a Milk Dud. Ever.