Easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Using Leftover Candy!

Apr 5, 2021 | Food, Holidays, Recipes

Today we're sharing a chocolate chip cookie recipe that you are gonna want to print and save forever. These are the softest, most chocolatey chocolate chip cookies you'll find on the face of the planet.

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If any of you have read THIS random list of facts about me, you'll remember that I dislike,  hate,  no, I absolutely despise baking. The only reason I can think of is that… I'm just plain bad at it. But these cookies are so hard to mess up. I promise.

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I mean, they are loaded with Easter candy – which is pretty much the best candy of all time. So what could go wrong? Alright. Enough chit chat. You ready for the amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe??


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Lately I've been craving one thing and one thing alone… Chocolate chip cookies. By the bucketful. I made so many batches in the last week that I ran out of butter, flour, AND chocolate chips!

Seriously. Who runs out of flour??

I sent my hubby on a late night run for the butter and flour, but chocolate chips are one of the things I buy from Costco so I decided to hold out on purchasing those. But that left me with a lingering dilemma… How can you whip up a chocolate chip cookie recipe without chocolate chips?!?!

You can't, of course.

Being the OCD frugalista extraordinaire that I am, I got scrappy and came up with a solution. I grabbed my Cadbury Mini Eggs that I stock up on and made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies. Ever. When it comes to Easter candy, Cadbury Mini Eggs are my absolute favorite and are one that I stock up as soon as those babies hit the shelves and make them fit into my grocery budget!

And you better believe that once they go on sale at the end of season, we stash away as many bags as we can afford. Anyone else guilty of this? They freeze so well and they're basically my favorite candy on the face of the planet. So I need year-round access!


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If you don't have any chocolate chips and you don't have any Cadbury Mini Eggs, don't panic! Pretty much any leftover chocolatey candy will work. We always have some kind of leftover candy in our house, especially from Easter, Halloween, and Christmas.

Give your candy a good, rough chop, but be sure to leave lots of big chunks! (Who doesn't love chocolatey, chunky cookies?) Make the dough like usual, but substitute the candy in place of the semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Chocolate chip cookie recipe in a mixer, from Fun Cheap or Free

They are extra sweet since the chopped up Mini Cadbury Eggs are milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet chips. These chocolate chip cookies are a BIG win in my book!


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If your family goes bonkers for this chocolate chip cookie recipe like mine does, then do yourself a favor and make an extra big batch! They freeze so well and you can pull out a few at a time so you're not tempted to eat the whole batch in one sitting. Not that that's bad, or anything…

Make your chocolate chip cookie recipe as usual. Allow your cookies to cool completely. Line a cool cookie sheet with parchment paper and put your cookies in a single row in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag or an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. When you're ready to eat them, pull them out of the bag and allow them to thaw at room temperature.


Are you ready for your new favorite cookies? Get that oven preheated and get to work! 😉

Chocolate Chip Cookies Using Cadbury Mini Eggs

Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Using Leftover Candy

Quick and easy chocolate chip cookie recipe with the most delicious leftover candy make for the perfect chocolate chip cookies!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18 servings


  • ½ cup salted butter
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate candy


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Microwave butter for about 30 seconds until soft, but not entirely melted.
  • Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat well on low speed.  
  • Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until dough forms crumbles. Add the chocolate chips or roughly-chopped chocolate candy – Cadbury Eggs are always a crowd pleaser!
  • Roll the dough into balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are puffy and light golden brown. Don't bake too long!
  • Let cool on baking sheet and enjoy with a nice big glass of milk.


Store any leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature. Throw a piece of bread in with them to help them stay soft!
You can also freeze them! Allow them to cool completely, then store in a freezer bag. Thaw on the countertop before devouring.
Keyword easy, leftovers, quick

These cookies disappear faster than a bowl of candy! They are soooo good!

What's your favorite candy to add to your chocolate chip cookie recipe? Let me know in the comments! I'm always up for trying something new.

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  1. Andrea

    Chocolate is chocolate no matter how old it is…your cookies look like they turned out pretty good!

  2. erinn

    i just found your blog yesterday and spent a good chunk of last night reading some of your posts! congratulations on your third baby! anyways, i almost never comment on blogs, but i really appreciate a lot of your tips for saving money. especially your envelope method for grocery shopping and that, i was doing something similar but after 2 months quickly went back to my old ways. i'm excited to try your method and hopefully use the slush fund to pay off some bills. thanks!


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