Browned Butter Spice Cookies with Caramel Apple Milky Ways

Let’s talk Halloween candy.  Because, in case you’re not keeping track, Halloween is just over 3 weeks away!

Candy corn.  Obviously a favorite.  Love Almond Joy’s too.  And I do wish M&M’s pretzel came in fun size packages for Halloween (best M&M type, 2nd place is limited edition candy corn).

But… do you know what I think one of the best things about occasions like Halloween?  It gives candy manufacturers great excuses to make delicious seasonal flavors, like the limited edition Caramel Apple Milky Way candy bars I found at the store a couple weeks ago.

Caramel + apple + milky way = genius.

I tossed and turned at night trying to think of what to do with these babies.  OK, that’s a lie.  I fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow.  But I did think about it a lot during the day.

In the end, I kept it simple.  Simple browned butter cookie dough with a generous dash of pumpkin pie spice… some chopped candy bars on top… and that’s it!

Funny story: I literally had this cookie dough ready to go when I saw Sally post a recipe for browned butter oatmeal milky way cookies.  Apparently us baking bloggers have eerily similar minds! 😉

[print_this]Browned Butter Spice Cookies with Caramel Apple Milky Ways

Browned butter gives this spice cookie dough a nutty, toffee-like flavor, while limited edition caramel apple Milky Way candy bars add sweetness and fruity flavor.  They are the perfect fall candy bar cookies!

Makes 2 dozen cookies

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 10 to 12 minutes

  • 1/2 cup browned butter, softened (instructions here), or regular unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Miniature Caramel Apple Milky Way candies, chopped into small pieces (~20)*

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Line large cookie sheets with parchment paper (or use a Silpat like I do!).

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy.  Add the egg and beat until mixed.  In the same bowl, add the baking powder, salt, and pumpkin pie spice and beat until mixed.  Add the flour, 1/2 cup at at time, and beat on medium speed until mixed well.  Roll the cookie dough into 1-inch balls, setting onto the prepared cookie sheets 2 inches apart.  Press milk way pieces into the cookies.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes or the until edges are golden brown.  Allow to cool 5 minutes before removing from cookie sheets.

*To keep the milky ways from getting really melty in the oven, freeze the candy bars before baking with them.  Then chop and press into the cookie dough![/print_this]

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12 thoughts on “Browned Butter Spice Cookies with Caramel Apple Milky Ways”

  1. WE have the same favorite candies! Candy corn, almond joys, pretzel M&Ms!!! Take the two of us trick-or-treating and I don’t think we’d be able to trade ANY candy /c we’d want all the same things! You know I love a good brown butter cookies.. and a milky way version at that! 😉

  2. These look yummy, I just picked up a bag of the caramel apple milky ways, they were a bit…different? at first, but now I can’t stop reaching for one when I walk past the candy jar, LOL.

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