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. I could watch any movie, but my choice would be Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman or Robert Redford in anything. With these cookies I’d be in a trance!
    What a combination. I think I have to try these.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  2. lynn m

    Wow. I thought I was the only Kristen mcnichol fan. Was in love with her brother as well. Tell me…what part of the cookie is Kristen.

  3. Lisa

    You just brought back some happy memories. I LOVED The Pirate Movie too. I couldn’t remember the name until I stumbled upon your website. Thank you for the memory and the recipe!!!

  4. Megan

    These are so great! They are seriously the most beautiful cookies I’ve ever made because of the texture! I used 2 cups mini Reese’s cut in half (the really tiny Reese’s) and 1 cup dark chocolate chunks.

    Is there any way that this could be adjusted without using peanut butter in the base, but keeping the same awesome puffy/cracked texture?

    1. Shelly

      Ithink once you omit the peanut butter it will definitely change the texture, sorry! You could try maybe adding in Biscoff? That would be amazing!

      1. Megan

        Thanks for the quick reply! Are any of your other non-peanut butter cookies fat and chewy like these? I’ve never heard of Biscoff, but I could sure give it a try!

  5. Wow- these are SO, SO, SO good! I didn’t have enough candy on hand so I threw in some crushed graham crackers, & was worried I might have messed things up, but nope- they were still great! I also used chunky PB instead of creamy…clearly I’m a huge risk taker- haha! Thanks for an amazing cookie that I’m sure will be the talk of the town this evening at girls night! Also, this is my first time posting a comment on a blog, but I’m sure you know that the cookies are so insanely delicious they drove me to do it! Can’t wait to see what else I can bake from your blog! Thanks!!!

  6. Rieneke

    Made these today with my daughter (9) and her friend. We included m&m’s , rolo’s milky way and something called toffifee, I don’t know if that last one is available in the US but it is what I had on hand here at home in the Netherlands! The cookies look great and taste even better !

  7. mariola

    I just baked a batch of your movie candy cookies and they are to die for!!!!!!! I used reeses butter cups (minis), mino rolos, resses pieces, toffee pieces and m&m!! New favorite, tks for the recipie!!!

  8. Michelle

    These are AWESOME!! I made them today with Milk Duds, M & Ms, Mini Rolos, Reese’s Pieces and chocolate chips. FABULOUS recipe, one of my new favorites! Thanks!

  9. Can we go to the movies together and eat these cookies, please!!?? I was a Kelly Kapowski wanna-be, as well. In Jr. High, my friends and I took on all the roles and pretended to be each character. Of course, the girls always fought to be Kelly. And, none of the guys wanted to be Screech…. awwww… 🙂

  10. I’ve been obsessed with stuffing my cookies lately or adding unusual things… and oh man, a milk dud has never looked so good as when it’s oozing out the side of a cookie! I will have to try these for sure!

  11. I don’t know how you could possibly marry Kirk Cameron, when everyone knows he’s mine!! I had a Kirk Cameron poster on my bedroom wall for years! (Yikes!) Love these cookies. We should totally eat these and watch “The Cutting Edge” together sometime.

  12. elisa

    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!!

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Susan

    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!!

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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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