Amazing Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe…using leftover Easter candy!

If any of you have read THIS random list of facts about me, you'll remember that I dislike  hate  absolutely despise baking. The only reason I can think of is that…I'm just plain bad at it.
Nothing turns out for me. Ever. I blamed it on Utah's elevation for the last few years, but the fact of the matter is…It's just not my thing!
Ever since bringing home Baby Beck 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!
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 bake chocolate chip cookies 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 ran to my media room, dug through our  big, no huge, no, disgustingly ginormous container of movie candy, found old Easter candy (yes, from LAST YEAR!), and made the most amazing chocolate chip cookies. Ever. 
They not only taste great, but the recipe is easy-peasy as well.Now introducing:

I grabbed a bag of (nearly) year-old chocolate,

 Gave it a good, rough chop, but was sure to leave lots of big chunks! (Who doesn't love chocolaty, chunky cookies?)
I made the dough like usual, but substituted the chocolate in place of the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
And voila! Chunky, amazing, oh-so-delicious cookies.
Now, many of you might be thinking…
“Year-old candy? Gross!”
Well, yes. I guess it is a little gross sounding now that you mention it. BUT…you have to remember that candy is extremely processed. It's not going to go bad or hurt you, it simply starts tasting a bit stale, if you will.
This chocolate was just about there – in the “stale zone”. But that didn't translate into the cookies at all. They came out ooey, gooey, delicious!
They are extra sweet since it's milk chocolate instead of semi-sweet chips. A++ in my book!


So there you go! Here's the recipe I used, adapted straight from the Betty Crocker Cookbook: Everything You Need to Know to Cook Today (can't go wrong with good ol' Betty).

Click HERE for a printable version of the recipe:

1 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
3/4C granulated sugar
3/4C packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 large egg
2 1/4C all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
12 oz (2C) semisweet chocolate chips or chopped, leftover candy

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Beat butter, sugars, vanilla, and egg on medium speed.
3. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt. Dough will be stiff.
4. Stir in chocolate.
5. Drop by rounded spoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased baking sheet.
6. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until light brown (centers will be soft). Don’t bake them too long – just until brown around the edges! Cool 1-2 minutes, then remove from cookie sheet to a wire rack.




  1. 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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