Movie Candy Cookies

Movie Candy Cookies! These are big, thick cookies loaded with all your favorite movie candies!

Movie Candy Cookies are fully loaded with all your favorite movie candy! You can mix and match your favorites…I added M&Ms, Milk Duds, Reeses Pieces and Raisinettes!

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.

Which 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.

Movie Candy Cookies! These are big, thick cookies loaded with all your favorite movie candies!

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.

Start with butter and peanut butter.  Melt them together.


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

PhotobucketAfter 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. OR you can do it after they bake. Up to you!


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

Movie Candy Cookies! These are big, thick cookies loaded with all your favorite movie candies!


Movie Candy Cookies

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 30 1x


makes about 30 cookies


  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
  • 2 Tbsp vanilla
  • 3 cups assorted candy (I used 1 cup Raisinettes, 3/4 cup Milk Duds, 3/4 cup Reese’s Pieces, 1/2 cup Mini M&Ms)
  • *optional flaked or coarse sea salt for sprinkling


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  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 fitted 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. Using a large cookie scoop (3 tablespoon) drop dough two inches apart on your prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt flakes (if desired). You can also sprinkle the cookies with salt after they bake. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Cookies will be puffy, but will be slightly golden at the edges. They might seem a little underdone in the middle, which is fine.
  9. Let cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.


You can also use a hand mixer as shown with the video, but this dough gets a bit thick, so while it’s possible with the hand mixer, I recommend the stand mixer for ease.

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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86 Responses
  1. Sonya

    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.

  2. Wendy

    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!

  3. Angie

    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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. Niki

    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!!!!

  7. 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 (one time, we literally even covered my twin bed in junk food, and ate half of it during a movie marathon), so I am sending this recipe to her. Perhaps in a box with the candy to make it.

  8. Carla @ Carla's Confections

    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!

  9. 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.

  10. Joni

    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!

  11. Julie

    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?!

      1. shelly

        Hahaha!! I know, I remember thinking those jeans were so flattering and thought they made me look so skinny. What was I thinking??

    1. Katie

      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.

  12. 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.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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