Bake these easy chocolate candy cookies from chef Alex Guarnaschelli this holiday season

Check out the full recipe and ways to to customize the candy to your liking.

December 19, 2022, 7:53 AM

On the eighth day of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies on "Good Morning America", celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli shared her recipe for an easy cookie that's great on its own or sandwiched with ice cream -- the variations are up to you!

Check out the chef and Food Network star's full recipe below, and try it for yourself.

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli shares her favorite candy-filled holiday cookies.
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Chocolate Candy Cookies

"This is such a classic. Sandwich with any kind of ice cream. Serve them as is," Guarnaschelli said. "Make a pudding parfait with cookies in the layers. For the candy, you can vary the flavors and types. Just note that adding whole (smaller) candies is better than mixing in chopped up candy bars," she suggested.

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes
Yield: About 2 1/2 dozen cookies

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli shares her favorite candy-filled holiday cookies.
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1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick (1/4 pound) unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, tightly packed
1 egg
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups chocolate candies


Preheat the oven to 375 F.
Make the batter: Combine the flour and baking soda. Set aside. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, "cream" the butter with the sugars until smooth, 8 to 10 minutes until light and fluffy. Do NOT rush this step. Add the egg, salt and vanilla and beat until blended. Remove the bowl from the machine and stir in the flour mixture and candy. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Bake the cookies: Drop spoonfuls of dough onto a nonstick baking sheet, leaving space between each, as they will "spread" as they cook. Bake until light brown on the tops and edges, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove and allow the cookies to "firm up" a little, 5 to 10 minutes, before serving.

Cookie tip: Chill the dough for better results. You can even refrigerate, covered, overnight, and bake the next day.

Holiday twists: Sprinkle with green and red sugar for an added holiday vibe. Serve on a platter dusted with the sugar for added effect. Sandwich strawberry or pistachio ice cream for sandwiches with that extra holiday vibe.