Heath Bar Cookies {recipe} – They’re Nice to Have

Heath Bar Cookies

Relationships — or more specifically, boyfriends — are a little bit like cookies…

I don’t need a cookie. Really, I don’t. I could go an entire lifetime without ever eating another cookie.


But if there’s one right in front of me, I’m not not going to eat it. I mean, cookies are nice to have, especially a really good one.

(And even though I neither need nor want a cookie, if I already have one in my hands and it’s taken away…Well, you know where I’m going with this. I’m probably going to wail about not being able to live my life anymore without that cookie. Or something like that.)
Heath Bar Cookies

Heath Bar Cookies, dough balls

heath bar, chopped for cookies

Heath Bar Cookies

Heath Bar Cookie Ingredients

2½ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups coarsely chopped Heath, Skor or chocolate covered toffee bars

Heath Bar Cookie Directions

Preheat oven to 350.

Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda.

Cream softened butter, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.

Stir in flour mixture until well combined. Fold in chopped Heath candy bars.

Chill cookie dough for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.

Scoop 2 tablespoons of cookie dough, gently form into a ball shape, and place on ungreased cookie sheet, dough balls about 3 inches apart.

Bake 10-12 minutes, checking after about 8 minutes for browned edges.

By sheer coincidence, these Heath Bar Cookies were originally posted almost exactly three years ago, December 15, 2009! The photos below are the original ones I took waaay back then. We haven’t come a very long way, have we?
Heath Bar Cookies
Heath Bar Cookies

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 emily December 16, 2009 at 3:19 pm

That is one of the best analogies I have heard in a long time!


2 Diana December 16, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Does the same go for 23-year-olds?


3 Sarah J. Gim December 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

emily: thank you :) i think food as a whole is a metaphor for my dating life :D

diana: YES! i do believe 23 would be the perfect peanut butter cookie for you!

unfortunately for me 23 is below my “half-my-age-plus-seven” age floor, which basically makes a 23-year-old a giant truffle for me. a luxury in which i won’t indulge.


4 Maria December 18, 2009 at 7:57 am

Heath bars are my favorite. Even better in cookies:)


5 Amy K December 18, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I don’t think I could go my whole life without another cookie… or a…
but you are SO right.

I think if I get a present I am not keen of this year I will just say “it’s nice to have”


6 Brittany and Ilana March 18, 2010 at 8:42 pm

These cookies turned out wonderful!! we ended up cooking them for about 15 minuntes instead of the 10-12, but they were so chewy and perfect when they came out. We also added a 1/2 pecans which gave the cookies really nice texture and crunch! thanks for the recipe :)


7 Adrienne Enghouse June 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I am wanting to make these but how many will they make? thanks, A


8 Adrienne Enghouse July 5, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I made these and to quote my son, “these are the best cookies you have ever made.” soft in the center, bit of a crunch on the outside. Awesome.


9 Kristin September 16, 2010 at 4:45 pm

I just finished baking these off. YUM……very good. I wanted to leave the dough in the fridge overnight, like my chocolate chip cookie dough. However, time was not on my side. So, I ended up leaving them in for around 5 hours. The are the perfect height with minimal spread. They’re definitely nice to have. Thanks!


10 Ellen December 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Ha, the analogy is brilliant.
I’d further add that like relationships there are times I’d be so much more productive and focused when not on a cookie (sugar) high, but god those highs are the spice of life sometimes.


11 Stephanie December 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Or when you haven’t had a cookie for a while, and you get this mad craving to have one RIGHT NOW. Then you get your hands on a cookie, and after a few bites you’re thinking, “Eh. This isn’t as good as it should be.”


12 deana@lostpastremembered December 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

Well, the ideal cookie is before me. Love Heath bars to death… one of my favorite things about the old Marshall Field’s Frango Mint ice cream pie was that the topping tasted like Heath Bars.

Here’s hoping however this particular cookie crumbles, you remember you are and will ever be a gorgeous brilliant woman with or without cookies, pies or cakes!

Happy Holidays, wonderful Sarah.


13 hannah@ bake five December 22, 2012 at 5:55 am

very nice (:


14 Swathi Iyer December 22, 2012 at 10:50 am

This is very nice cookie, sure my daughter loves it.


15 Erika May 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Best analogy ever.


16 Trista October 28, 2013 at 8:06 pm

I tried the cookies and I think I added too much salt. Is there a way to make the cookies any sweeter after baked?


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