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Need to use up all that Easter candy? Mini Cadbury Eggs get put to good use in these chewy, soft walnut cookies!

Mini Cadbury Egg Walnut Cookies | Neighborfoodblog.com

One does not simply walk past the Easter candy aisle.

Or, at least, I do not simply walk past the Easter candy aisle without loading my cart with five different kinds of chocolate all shaped like eggs.

I impulsively toss bags into my cart, somehow hypnotized by all the pastels and shiny foil wrappers.

And then I get home, and can’t remember anything. How did I end up with 10 bags of Easter candy? What came over me? I don’t even really *like* Easter candy. I mean, I’ll eat a piece here or there, but for the most part I stick to the hard stuff- ya know, cookies, brownies, and cheesecake. #legit

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At this point, it’s too embarrassing to drag my shame face back to the grocery store and return all the candy. Besides, if I did I’d probably end up buying a neon colored Easter basket, 12 dozen plastic eggs, and a giant bunny for the front yard. (What is wrong with me?!)

So instead, I decide to bake. And what once was an embarrassing amount of Easter candy turns into an embarrassing amount of Easter candy cookies. I think it’s an upgrade.

These Mini Cadbury Egg treats were born out of necessity and a craving for cookies with nuts. It’s not often I want nuts in my cookie. They better stay the heck away from my chocolate chip cookies. And don’t think about messing with my brownies. But for some reason I thought the crispy candy shell and milk chocolate cadbury eggs would go just dandy with a handful of crunchy walnuts.

I wanted a lighter cookie dough than my standard chocolate chip cookie dough recipe which is so rich it bends towards caramely. I thought the lighter, slightly less chewy dough of a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie would be just the thing. I searched the Internets for about .2 seconds before stumbling on Mel’s Kitchen Cafe’s recipe for White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookies.

I ended up using her recipe as a base, but using the Cadbury eggs and walnuts in place of the white chocolate and nuts.

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As it turns out, these were better than I even imagined. Sweet and soft, packed with pastel milk chocolate and just enough nutty crunch. While I struggle to eat four cadbury eggs by themselves, I had no trouble devouring four of these cookies in a row. Which also meant I had to get them out of the house or risk eating my way out of my Easter dress. The rest of these babies went to work with the Mr, but I have a feeling they’ll be making another appearance soon. At least, that’s what the four extra bags in the pantry are telling me.


Mini Cadbury Egg and Walnut Cookies
 
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Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup mini Cadbury Eggs
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the large bowl (or electric mixer) beat together the butter and sugars until smooth and well combined. Add the vanilla and egg and beat on medium high speed until smooth. Add the flour, salt, and baking powder and beat on low until just combined.
  3. Divide the Cadbury eggs in half. Chop half of the eggs into smaller pieces. Leave the other half whole. Add all the chocolate eggs and walnuts to the cookie dough and stir until evenly distributed.
  4. Scoop heaping Tablespoons of the cookie dough onto the parchment lined baking sheets, about 1½ inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. The cookies won't brown much in color, so look for the edges to be set and the centers to be puffed but not quite set before pulling them out. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes then remove and cool completely on a cookie rack.
Notes
This recipe is a small batch so it'll make about 2 dozen small cookies or 1 dozen giant cookies. Feel free to double the recipe if you'd like to serve more people!

Recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe 

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  • www.foodwanderings.com April 8, 2014, 9:57 AM

    Adorable cookies. We are allergic to tree nuts but definitely can substitute it with seeds.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood April 9, 2014, 5:17 PM

      Sure! Or you can just omit the nuts all together and maybe add more eggs. More chocolate is never a bad thing. 🙂

  • Amy {Very Culinary} April 8, 2014, 10:19 AM

    Oh yes, please and thank you…I’ll take all 24. Great use of the cadbury eggs!

  • Nutmeg Nanny April 8, 2014, 12:19 PM

    These are perfect for Easter! So tasty and sweet 🙂

  • Samantha April 8, 2014, 12:35 PM

    Obsessing over these since I saw them. Easter candy is the best!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood April 9, 2014, 5:17 PM

      Thanks Samantha! I agree about Easter candy too. I think it’s way better than Halloween candy.

  • Nancy April 8, 2014, 3:06 PM

    Lmao, I can just imagine seeing a giant inflatable light-up bunny in your front yard. You can be the crazy Easter lady who hands out your surplus of easter candy! Naaaaw. You better stick to making more of these gorgeous cookies (beautiful photos, Courtney! I love the styling!). These look sturdy enough to survive a long trip. I’ll send you my address and will expect a few dozen via courier 😉

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood April 9, 2014, 5:16 PM

      Oyyyy. Please don’t let me become that lady! And you’re right…these are pretty dang sturdy! Hmmmmm…

  • ItsJoelen April 8, 2014, 11:20 PM

    What a creatively delicious way to incorporate easter candy!

  • Dawn Lopez April 9, 2014, 12:41 AM

    Wow, this is such a wonderful idea! They look amazing and I just adore the pop of color the Cadbury eggs bring to your cookies! Brilliant for spring!

  • Kim Beaulieu April 9, 2014, 12:56 AM

    I went into a dollar store at Christmas for some last minute candy on Christmas Eve. I spent over a hundred dollars. On candy. In a dollar store. I was so ashamed of myself. But the kids were thrilled on Christmas. I was right on budget till I walked in that store. I’m afraid to go Easter shopping. Been trying to avoid it. But if it means I can make these then I’m strutting into the store tomorrow. With hundreds of dollars in my pocket, and cadbury eggs & walnuts on my shopping list. xx

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood April 9, 2014, 5:15 PM

      Haha! Sounds like we have the same problem. Hello, our names are Courtney and Kim and we can’t resist the candy aisle. 🙂

  • Angie April 9, 2014, 10:19 AM

    I absolutely love these cookies! I have been resisting the temptation of those perfect creamy little eggs, but I’m giving in with these cookies!

  • Angie | Big Bear's Wife April 9, 2014, 4:17 PM

    Ahhhh I love these AND I love those photos! Those little signs are adorable! I have to stay away from the candy section when it comes to holidays, I will buy it ALL!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood April 9, 2014, 5:13 PM

      Thanks Angie! My hubby found those at World Market and gave them to me for Christmas this year. This is the first time I’ve used them though. I’m going to try to incorporate them in more photos.

  • cheri April 9, 2014, 4:47 PM

    These cookies look and sound just perfect for Easter, I know I eat too much candy this time of year, I think because it is all so cute! Eeh!

  • Joanne (eats well with others) April 10, 2014, 6:44 AM

    I find it quite hard to pass by anything stuffed with cadbury creme or peanut butter…which is almost everything LOL. These cookies wouldn’t stand a chance around here! Suddenly they would all end up in my belly and I would have no idea how.

  • littleredkitchen April 10, 2014, 5:44 PM

    Cookies stuffed with holiday themed candy. I really can’t say no. Actually I can’t resist most holiday candy, especially any version that has peanut butter and is now in the shape of an egg (more pb to chocolate ratio).

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood April 10, 2014, 5:53 PM

      You know what’s funny? Halloween candy doesn’t tempt me at all. I know it’s pretty much the same thing, but something about the adorable eggs and the pretty wrappers get me every time.

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