These rainbow Nerds cookie bites were invented by my 9 year old daughter. Rather, as she calls them, “Nerdalicious cookie bites.” She asked me to make chocolate chip cookies, but instead of the chocolate chips (I know, I know, I’m pro-chocolate too) use Nerds candy. So I said, “OK.” I was skeptical (see above where I said I’m pro-chocolate), but she wins. These are really good. And they are colorful, too, so you can make them for rainbow parties. Or just for your nerdy friends.
A few notes about this recipe. Yes, I just swapped out the chocolate chips for Nerds candy, so you can use any of your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipes, but I suggest making the cookies bite-size. The candy melts more quickly than chocolate chips, and differently, so the cookies will be thin and spread a bit. A smaller, one-inch size cookie bite just works better. To make it easier to scoop on the tray, I use disposable decorating bags. You may use a spoon instead, but I find the bags so much quicker. I also use the decorating bags to make mini chocolate chip cookies. If you looooooove Nerds so much that you’re tempted to add even more to the dough, I would also advise against that. The candy melts and can stick to the parchment paper. For the amount I use here, it’s no big deal, but I can envision a lot of sticking issues if you use too many.
How to make rainbow Nerds cookie bites
you will need:
2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks (1/2 cup) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 package (5- ounce) rainbow Nerds candy (about 1 cup)
disposable decorating bags (optional)
what to do:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a bowl, briefly sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. In the bowl of a standing mixer, or in a large bowl with a hand-held mixer, cream the butter and sugar. Blend in the brown sugar. Mix in the eggs and extract well. Gradually mix in the flour mixture. Stir in the Nerds candy.
Line baking trays with parchment paper. Spoon small balls of dough onto tray, about 1-inch across and spaced an inch apart. For speedier cookies, scoop some dough into a disposable decorating bag and snip 1 1/2 inches from the tip. Pipe the dough onto the tray.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes about 100 mini cookies.