Chocolate chip cookies with caramel apple milky way bars and a hint of apple pie spice
Do you ever find that sometimes at the store things just sort of “fall into” your basket? And then oops you’re buying 5 bags of candy when you just went to the store for some milk. That’s what happened with these cookies. I went to CVS with some friends just for milk and cereal, and well… I saw caramel apple milky ways. And then I found myself buying them.
And they were good, but I realized that they would be better if I baked them into cookies. Let’s be real, everything is better when it is baked into a cookie. I took my favorite cookie dough base, and adapted it. I halved it, only having one egg and not wanting to make a trip to the store. I also melted the butter, and added more flour than I normally would- this would make it thicker and also soak up the melted butter which reduces the greasy factor. I added in some chocolate chips I had on hand, just to add a little something else, and some apple pie spice I found at the grocery store. Apple pie spice is a mix of allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. If your store doesn’t carry it, feel free to use an equivalent amount of those spices. The spice adds a little something extra you can’t quite put your finger on, and complements the milky way’s perfectly!
I found that with the milky ways, it was easier to chill them and cut the candies in half; this makes them easier to work with and to mix into the dough. The dough is chilled for a few hours before baking. As usual, we pull them out when they’re a little underdone and let them chill on the cookie sheet to ensure maximum softness and chewiness. I found 7 minutes was the perfect time, but if you’re unsure, 8-9 minutes is also good. I don’t recommend baking for 10 or more minutes- I made a few batches at 10 minutes and they still tasted good, they were just a little too brown and crunchy for my taste.
Once I started giving these cookies out to the girls in my dorm, they disappeared within 3 days- they’re that good! I’m glad I only had the small yield (about 15 cookies), I don’t need more of these sitting around! And for the students reading this- they make perfect study food!
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- ½ C brown sugar
- ¼ C granulated sugar
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 1 C + 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
- ¾ Tablespoons apple pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 16 Caramel Apple fun-size milky ways
- ¼ C milk chocolate chips
- Mix together butter and sugars. Mix in egg.
- Add flour, spice, and baking soda.
- Cut milky way candies in half and mix into dough with chocolate chips.
- Chill for at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350˚F.
- Scoop 2 tablespoon size scoops of dough onto cookie sheet and bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown. Let chill for 5-6 minutes on cookie sheet before moving to wire rack to finish cooling.
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