Deep Dish Milky Way Cookies

I am right in the middle of trying to teach my son a life lesson.  I am not so sure how I got qualified to do this.

He’s right smack dab in the middle of, “Well my FRIEND has a such and such…Why can’t I have one too?”

Anyone who has children goes through this, I’m sure.

What I try and remind him of is that it’s good when your friend has something different because it makes going to their house more fun.

Which is officially the lamest thing I think I have ever said as a parent.


Not only is it lame, but it’s COMPLETELY untrue.

Here’s why ~ when I see my friend in a great pair of shoes, I don’t NOT buy them and just wait to go over to her house so I can wear them while I’m over visiting…

I’m thinking I wouldn’t have many friends if I asked to do that.  Hello, creeper.


I get that it’s kinda different…but kinda not.

I’m not proposing to go out and buy your kids all sorts of toys, I’m just noticing a little bit of a double standard.


Here’s a truth I should probably keep to myself…

When I was little I was obsessed with the movie The Goonies.

So much so that I wanted my parents to almost lose their house, so my friends and I could go on a scavenger hunt and find jewels from One Eyed Willy’s stash to save the day…

Which now, looking back as an adult…the pirate was named “One Eyed Willy” which I find hugely inappropriate.  Ok, moving on.

Beyond the treasure and the pirate and that bad-ass cavernous water slide, what I really wanted was Mikey’s inhaler.

The poor kid had asthma, which was completely insignificant to me at the time.  I was obsessed with his inhaler.

So obsessed, in fact, that I fashioned my own DIY  inhaler…yes, I did…out of a Pushup Pop Lollipop and construction paper.

AND I tried to play it off that it was real.  There is no doubt in my mind why I was not a popular person…no doubt at all.


So, while my parents could not give me asthma, hence no inhaler for me, I learned you couldn’t always get what you want, all while making myself a complete social outcast sucking on a bright blue “inhaler” that was held together with masking tape.

Tough lesson.


So here’s what I propose…avoidance and procrastination.

If your kid’s friend has something your kid wants, just tell him “Maybe for your birthday”, or “ask Santa”.

Because you don’t want him or her walking around trying to pass off a deck of cards as an iphone.

Save him from social suicide.


OR just be the house that always has cookies, then all the kids will want to come to YOUR house and your kid will never see what cool toys their friend’s have.

Problem solved.

You can start with Deep Dish Milky Way cookies.

They are deep dish.  They are Milky Way.  They are delicious.


First and foremost you need to get one of these pans.  It’s essential to the happiness of your life moving forward.

It’s called a muffin top pan, but I have never once in my life made a muffin top.  I do, however, make a LOT of deep dish cookies.

So here’s what I did…

I chopped up an entire bag of Fun Sized Milky Way bars.

I mixed up a quick cookie dough batter and folded in my chopped Milky Way.

For these cookies I had to cut out circles of parchment to place in the bottom of each muffin top tin, because there is lots of caramel in these cookies and they will stick to the bottom if you skip this step…so DON’T skip this step!

I sprayed the pan with cooking spray, placed the parchment rounds in each cavity and then sprayed the parchment again lightly.

Then I filled the pan with 1/4 cup cookie dough for each cookie…

like so…

*please note that in this picture I DID NOT line my pan with the parchment rounds…this is how I know it’s a necessary step 🙂  My next batch had a lined pan!

Here’s a visual, stressing the point…this is a picture of the bottom of the cookie…

If you don’t line the pan all that all that delicious caramel will stick and you will cry.  Because losing caramel to an unlined pan is unsatisfactory.  Lost caramel is a straight-up travesty.

If you don’t have a muffin top pan, you can make these like regular drop cookies, but use less batter for each… a rounded tablespoon will do nicely.

Bake at 350, in the muffin top pan you will need to bake them for about 13-15 minutes, until the edges are golden and centers are just set.  If you bake them on a cookie sheet, lined of course, 8-9 minutes will be good.

Let them cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then loosen the edges with a knife and flip onto a wire cooling rack.

Then eat!


Deep Dish Milky Way Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups


makes approx 12-15 deep dish cookies, or 24 regular large-size drop cookies


  • 1 cup butter, 2 sticks, room temp
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 (11.24 oz) bag of fun sized Milky Way bars, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Prepare your muffin pan by first spraying with cooking spray, next lining each tin with a parchment round. (Cut the parchment to fit in the bottom of the pan) and then spraying the parchment again lightly. Set aside/
  3. Cream butter and sugars together in mixer. Turn speed to low and add eggs and vanilla. Turn up to medium for approximately 20 seconds until batter in combined.
  4. Turn mixer to low and add in flour, baking soda and sea salt. When just mixed together fold in your chopped Milky Way.
  5. Press 1/4 cup batter into each muffin top and bake for 13-15 minutes until the edges are golden and the center is JUST set.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges with a knife and flip the cookies onto a wire cooling rack.


If you make these without using a muffin top pan, line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat. Space the cookies out 2? apart and drop by rounded tablespoons onto baking sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes until edges are golden.

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100 Responses
  1. For the people who are looking for the pan, I FINALLY found it at Bed, Back, and Beyond! It was about $15 (not too bad). My only disappointment is that my candy bars seemed to have disappeared. Hmm…looks like I will be trying these with chocolate chips 🙂

  2. Rebecca

    Deep Dish Cookies? May I just say thank you for opening up my eyes to this whole new world, I will follow you anywhere!

  3. Boltonge

    I am baking these right now. I can’t wait to try them!! I don’t have a muffin top pan yet (although, I have always wanted one) so I am baking them like I do normally, using an ice cream scoop and gently pushing down on the dough to flatten slightly.

    Your sight is amazing and I plan on trying many more recipes, keep ’em coming! 🙂

  4. Daniella

    I made these two weeks ago when a friend had us over for dinner. AMAZING!!! I did them as drop cookies and they were so moist and chewy. Milky Way is my favorite candy bar and the salt added to the batter was perfect! The entire batch of cookies was gone in two days!!!

  5. Kaylee Robinson

    O and I used a “whoppie” pan (Wilton) from Bed Bath and Beyond in place of the muffin-top pan, worked the same! Thanks again for a great recipe.

  6. Kaylee Robinson

    Just made these cookies…. o sweet lincoln’s mullet, they’re heavenly good! I think these may have just become my favorite cookies 😉

  7. Lin Rich

    These look so good I’m going out to get a muffin top pan today so I can try these. Love your life lessons. Was seriously laughing out loud, which made my daughter wonder what I was reading. I read to her and we were both cracking up…Thank you! Laughter is a great thing.

  8. Kristine

    I made these on Friday, loved them so much I made another DOUBLE batch for my Halloween trick or treating crew on Monday. Usually desserts don’t go very well on Halloween because of all the candy. The whole tray was gone in about an hour and a half! GREAT recipe! I don’t even like Milky Way bars! (snickers and Peanut butter cup girl)

  9. I always try to make cookies out of the “extra” Halloween candy my kiddos bring home. I like the idea of using this pan– or I may try a mini-muffin pan — because I’ve found some tend to get all gooey and make the cookie weird. Thanks for the idea!

  10. Maleen

    You kill me with your stories. There are always so funny. Have you ever thought about writing? The treats always look great too, but I admit that I stalk your blog for the humor. Thanks

  11. Allison Nolley

    Can I come to your house so I can play with your muffin-top pan? LOL The story was great! My soon-to-be 13 yo daughter wants the $90 jeans that “everyone” has. I just cannot bring myself to do it.
    BTW: The cookies look devine!

  12. Erin

    Deep dish cookies???? Genius!!! I just started following your blog and this post cracked me up, love it!! It also reminded me that for awhile I thought I was a cool mom because all my kids friends always want to play or hang out at my house… then I realized it was because I always have a stockpile of candy… ha ha ha. Once I came to terms with the fact that I really wasn’t that cool I just decided to keep the candy drawer stocked and live in denial 😉 lately my teenage daughter and her friends like to cook treats when they come over, I’m sure these would be a huge hit!!

  13. I’m definitely making these! If not for the taste (but that’s certainly a big factor), then for the Goonies reference – one of the best movies ever!!!

  14. I actually own this pan! I’m so excited. I bought it a few months ago and have been waiting for a wonderful use for it. Mine says it’s for whoopie pies (which I’m excited to make one day when I have a few spare minutes) and didn’t even think of using it for muffins or cookies! Super excited! Seriously! Although I’m going to replace milky way for butterfinger… mmmm! Thanks for the great post and great idea on the parchment circles and a use for my pan! Love your blog!

  15. Leslie

    I never thought I would need a muffin top pan, now I want to buy two. Here’s a tip for parchment circles, buy a craft punch the size of the muffin bottoms and punch away. Thaws cookies look wonderful!

  16. My older kids have caught on that when I say “Maybe”, “Ask Santa” or “We’ll see.” They know that means NO! Love the cookie idea – Milky Ways in almost anything – can’t go wrong.

  17. These look dangerously good! But I bet your house is already the house with all the cookies. As for lying to my kids I plan on doing it frequently, in fact I already do. I NEED some sort of leverage with them…so if it has to be of the fictitious nature than so be it!!

  18. This is one of the funniest posts I’ve read in a while, you totally had me chuckling this morning, and I needed that! I used to fashion braces out of foil so you can see how awesome I was. Really, I was just way ahead of my time. Afterall, rappers walk around with foil mouth like it’s the cool thing to do.

    As for these cookeis, they look delicious. I love making cookies in tins for some reason. They are always so plump.

  19. Therese K

    This is the best recipe post EVER! From the inhaler to the retainers and then to these awesome looking cookies! Highlight of my morning for sure!
    Oh, and you didn’t turn out too bad despite having a fake inhaler… popularity is way overrated! If your kids aren’t popular, they won’t have a clue what the other kids have!

  20. I remember in middle school I wanted braces so bad, that I would get a foil wrapper and put them on my front teeth. I’m sure there are other people out there that have tried “braces”, so I can’t be the only one to try this.

    Those cookies look super good!

  21. These cookie make me want to cry. Like words can’t express how much I want to lick my computer screen…ok maybe I did.

    I’m adding a muffin top pan to my list for Santa. 🙂

  22. So, the cookies look and incredible and I’m totally pinning them, but it was your post that really made my day. I, too, was in love with MIkey’s inhaler and what made it worse is that my friend was lucky enough to have one of her own. Imagine the jealousy:) Don’t worry, I paid her back by pretending I was Mary Poppins and she had to be little Jane Banks (it was a role she was very unfond of). LOL!

  23. Man do these look good!! Gotta get that pan; I love thick and chewy cookies. I always tell my kids to ask for things they want for their birthdays and Christmas. They never just got things for nothing, and I am glad we did not spoil them because I think it made them more appreciative of what they have…..hopefully:)

  24. Liz - Precious Pie Cookies

    These look AMAZING! I am so going to make them in the morning! You had me confused for a minute because here in Australia our Milky Ways don’t have caramel, but that’s ok I’m sure Mars Bars will be the perfect alternative 🙂

  25. Hi,
    I’m new to your blog and I always leave a little note when visiting new blogs. Its courtesy! These cookies look delicious and fun to make. I have to invest in one of those pans one day soon. Thank you for sharing them with us.

    Have a great weekend.

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