Thin and Chewy Butterfinger Cookies

Fact: Brian made these cookies with the two youngest boys last Sunday afternoon.

Fact: I was certain they would not turn out.

Fact: I kept reminding Brian to follow the recipe exactly as I hovered over his shoulder sure ingredients were being misread on the fingerprint-smudged iPad.

Fact: I’m kind of hard to live with.

Fact: And, um, I was totally and completely wrong about the outcome of these cookies.

Fact: These amazing buttery chock-full-of-Butterfinger cokies are suuuuper yum. Like, beyond yum. Freakishly yum. Yum, yum, yum.

Thin and Chewy Butterfinger Cookies

 Fact: Brian never said, not even once, “I told you so” or “For the love, stop giving me advice about making Butterfinger cookies.”

Fact: He’s a good man.

Fact: Risking life and limb, I had to hoard the last dozen in order to take pictures of them so I could post the recipe.

Fact: No one knows exactly what happened to those cookies after pictures were taken. Reports are mixed and slightly fuzzy.

Fact: If you don’t make these, you’re totally missing out.

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Thin and Chewy Butterfinger Cookies

Yield: Makes 2-3 dozen cookies

Thin and Chewy Butterfinger Cookies


  • 3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups chopped Butterfinger candy bars (about 11-12 snack size bars)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line one or two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat liner (or just grease with cooking spray).
  2. In a large bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes. Mix in the egg, egg yolk and vanilla.
  3. Stir in the flour, baking soda, salt and Butterfinger pieces.
  4. Scoop the dough into heaping tablespoon-sized balls and space them about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes - don't overbake or they will be crispy instead of chewy (unless you want the crispy effect, of course).

Recipe Source: from Cookies and Cups

35 Responses to Thin and Chewy Butterfinger Cookies

  1. Terri Hamilton says:

    Remember candy Chick-o-Stick You can get them in bags $1 ea Dollar General I use those instead of butterfingers Grate some chocolate They’ve got a big dark chocolate bar dollar if I don’t est it I keep them gor baking I grind chickosticks up Nobody knows the difference My next try I’m grinding maple nut goodys candy adding to Maple Bacon cookie I cheat its a mix but they’re are so good add bacon few teaspoons bacon grease Are really good

  2. Nisha says:

    Wow these are delish!!! Oh so sinful. Very dense batter. I added the chopped Butterfingers last and used my hands to mix in and incorporate them. 10 minutes was perfect. I rolled the dough into a ball and smooshed them down a bit before baking, and then let them rest on the cookie sheet awhile before removing. Sooooo good! Thanks.

  3. Erika says:

    These are delish! I raided my kids trick or treat candy plus my mother in laws leftovers to make these. I had 12 snack size but it wasn’t 2 cups, more like 1 3/4 so I chopped up a hershey bar to add. YUM!! I don’t like butterfingers but love these!

  4. Jenny says:

    If using full size candy bars it takes exactly 6! I way under estimated the number I would need the first time making these. But Oh My Goodness, these are to DIE for!

  5. Jocelyn says:

    These are very yummy! Thanks so much for the great recipe.

  6. Cami Smith says:

    Mel – do you have a good recipe for Molassess cookies with Sea Salt on top? I’ve been looking for one but not satisfied with the results I’m seeing online.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Cami, I don’t but they sound delicious! I have a new molasses cookie to try out; when I do I’ll let you know if they are worthy of making!

  7. Allison says:

    My fascist children don’t like Butterfingers. Any other candies that have been tried.

  8. Stacie A. says:

    These were so yummy. Mine didn’t get nice and flat like yours though. I thought maybe I missed something in the recipe, but I double checked and I didn’t. They were still delicious though!

  9. Taylor says:

    These are very good! I love Butterfingers so I just had to make them. Love the soft and chewy texture. The bits of Butterfinger also add a great texture. Tip: They don’t appear done after 9 to 10 minutes, but don’t be fooled. Once they cool, they are magical.

  10. Jordyn says:

    I made these the day you posted them and they are SOOOO good! We ate the entire batch in 2 days! I couldn’t keep my husband and kiddos away from them!

  11. Viktoriya says:

    Could you cut this recipe in half?

  12. Cammee says:

    These lived up to the hype! So good! I love the chewy factor.

  13. Kathleen says:

    Mel these sound crazy delish! What a great hubby you have 🙂

  14. Jen G says:

    These look fabulous! My little girl is allergic to peanuts, so I think we’ll try . . . toffee . . . instead. Thanks!

  15. Kim in MD says:

    Way to go Brian and your boys! I love everything about this post- thanks for putting a huge smile on my face this morning! 🙂

  16. Sally says:

    I can resist most sweets, but cookies are the exception. Especially cookies with Butterfingers.

  17. These look so tasty Mel I’ve never actually had butterfingers, but you totally just persuaded me!

  18. Butterfingers are my husband’s favorite candy bar, and he loves them crumbled on top of ice cream. I cannot wait to make these cookies for him – thanks for the recipe.

  19. Oh wow! Love these! They look so perfectly round, chewy cookies are the best!

  20. Jenny says:

    Oh these look really good 🙂

  21. Well these cookies look delicious. What impresses me is how uniform they are and a lovely color. I really think I should taste test one—okay maybe two or three. Where’s the milk?

  22. Jen T says:

    I had to laugh when I read how you watched over Brian’s shoulder as he cooks. I do the exact same thing when my hubby cooks and I often quote “you have to follow the recipe exactly!” Ha! I am in good company 🙂 These look yum! Butterfingers are a fav at our house. Thanks Mel!

  23. Cammee says:

    Oh yum! I’m making several batches of cookies for Saturday and this just topped my list. Just a side note, the only chocolate I can eat and not slightly gag is Butterfinger chocolate.

  24. These sound so good! I always give my husband a hard time too. I might even hover…:) I’ll take a dozen of these!

  25. Anna says:

    Oh your site is so dangerous for me! I’m all scheduled to bring a cake for my brothers party on Saturday and I’ve got all the ingredients at home, but now all I can think about it running out to buy butterfingers so I can make these cookies.

  26. I love anything with butterfingers. Heaven!

  27. Mikelle says:

    These look yummy!! Question though. Why did the look of the cookies turn out differently in your site and the site you got them from? Yours look thinner and flatter and the ones from Cookies and Cups look puffier and rounder? Just a difference in ovens? They look like a totally different cookie.

    • Mel says:

      That’s a good question! Not entirely sure except that everyone measures ingredients differently so perhaps we are measuring the flour lighter plus it looks like Shelly at Cookies and Cups may have used a cookie scoop where we scooped with a spoon and rolled lightly. Interesting how the same recipe can turn out differently right? We’ve made them twice and they bake up thin and chewy each time. The good news is they’ll taste great no matter what!

    • Lisa says:

      I saw an experiment once where they made the same recipe but used different temperatures of butter, and there were big differences. Melted butter, room temperature (softened) butter and from-the-fridge butter all yielded completely different textures in the finished cookies. That might be why Mel’s are different.

  28. If they’re boy approved and butterfinger I’ve got to try them for the kids. That’s awesome that he’s baking with the kids. I’d say he’s a keeper, for sure. 🙂

  29. These are sheer perfection! Shelly does have some pretty fab cookie recipes 🙂 Will your husband come teach my husband how to bake?!!

  30. Sheila says:

    Love this post writing — creative, fun, insightful! 🙂 Super easy recipe and highly recommended by Mel . . .yeah, Brian. Might just have to turn on the oven in all this heat and humidity . .

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