Butterfinger Cookies

5 from 7 votes

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These Butterfinger Cookies let you experience your favorite chocolatey, peanut butter filled candy in a new way and with a chocolate cheesecake filling.

Close up of Butterfinger Cookies on a plate.
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  1. Homemade Butterfinger Cookies
  2. Ingredients in Butterfinger Cookies
  3. All Kinds of Candy Bars
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. More Candy-Inspired Treats
  6. How to Make Butterfinger Cookies
  7. Butterfinger Cookies Recipe

Homemade Butterfinger Cookies

These Butterfinger Cookies take the uniquely delicious taste of Butterfinger and pair them with a buttery cookie crust and a chocolate cheesecake filling. One of my favorite candy bars in a bite sized chocolate and peanut butter cookie. Try them out for your next super bowl party, baby shower, girls’ night or family get together. They make perfect little bite size pieces. If you are in the mood for a bigger dessert, then you can always make them in regular size muffin tins. Just bake them a little longer.

Hand holding up a single Butterfinger Cookie with a bite taken out of the center.

Ingredients in Butterfinger Cookies

This isn’t your typical cookie dough base, it is so much easier! No all purpose flour, baking soda, or brown sugar required for this cookie base. The vanilla wafers take the place of your usual dry ingredients.

  • Vanilla Wafers – finely ground
  • granulated sugar
  • unsalted butter
  • kosher salt


  • cream cheese – softened
  • creamy peanut butter
  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • heavy cream
  • salt
  • Fun Size Butterfinger Candy Bars – crushed
  • optional: vanilla extract


  • semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Fun Size Butterfinger bars – crushed
Wire rack of finished Butterfinger Cookies. Crushed Butterfingers and Butterfinger bars on the side.

All Kinds of Candy Bars

For those of you that aren’t crazy about Butterfinger but still want to make something similar to these chewy Butterfinger Cookies, you can use any kind of candy bar in its place! These taste really good with Heath bars or mini M&Ms or chopped up Snickers. A great way to use that leftover Halloween candy. Try it with your favorite and let us know how it works out.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the filling in Butterfingers?

That crispy, crunchy Butterfinger filling consists of peanut butter mixed with cooked sugar. When that mixture is spread out thin it makes up those crispy layers. The little bits of Butterfinger sprinkled on top of each bite tastes so dang good!

Is Butterfinger made from candy corn?

In a lot of Butterfinger recipes, you find candy corn on the ingredients list. This is because candy corn contains the cooked sugar that is needed for the Butterfinger filling. It can be a shortcut to get that texture.

Why is it called a Butterfinger?

The candy bar got its name from a contest. The term Butterfinger refers to a sports insult meaning someone who can’t hold on to the ball.

How are these cookies different from other cookie recipes?

These are a little different than regular cookies that are made on a baking sheet, these cookies are made in mini muffin tins or silicone muffin molds. You will still use a large bowl, electric mixer or hand mixer, and wire rack for cooling to room temperature.

Three Butterfinger Cookies with a plate of Butterfinger Bites in the background.

More Candy-Inspired Treats

There are so many ways, including these Butterfinger Cookies, to take the natural amazing-ness of your favorite candy, and enhance it. If you’re looking to satisfy a sweet tooth, then try some of these!

How to Make Butterfinger Cookies

Close up of Butterfinger Cookies on a plate.

Butterfinger Cookies

5 from 7 votes
These Butterfinger Cookies let you experience your favorite chocolatey, peanut butter filled candy in a new way and with a chocolate cheesecake filling.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Refrigeration 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24



  • Miniature muffin pan
  • Electric Mixer






  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. Place cookie crumbs, sugar, butter and salt into a bowl; mix to combine.
    Bowls of crust mixture to make Butterfinger Bites. Nilla wafters, Butterfingers and a wooden spoon on the side.
  • Spoon mixture into bottoms of a mini muffin tin and press. Bake for 5 minutes and remove from oven.
    Mini muffin pan with pressed crust mixture for Butterfinger Bites. Butterfinger candy bars on the side.
  • Reduce heat to 300 degrees. In a stand or electric mixer, beat cream cheese and peanut butter until smooth. Beat sugar, egg, cream and salt until well combined. Slowly stir in crushed Butterfinger.
    Bowl of cheesecake mixture for for Butterfinger Bites. Spatula and candy bars on the side.
  • Evenly pour batter over baked crust. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until cheesecake is set. Let cool for 2 hours, then remove from pan.
    Bowl of melted chocolate, crushed butterfingers and baked Butterfinger Bites cooling on a rack.
  • Melt chocolate chips in microwave in 30 second intervals until smooth. If needed, return back to microwave for 15 seconds or so until smooth. Spoon chocolate mixture over tops of cakes then sprinkle crushed butterfinger over top.
    Wire rack of finished Butterfinger Bites. Crushed Butterfingers and Butterfinger bars on the side.


Store leftovers in a re-sealable bag in the fridge. Pull out of the refrigerator and let sit on the counter for a minute so the chocolate can soften. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 258kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 153mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 1gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 190IUCalcium: 24mgIron: 0.9mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    I have three size mini muffin pans. A 6, 12 and 24. If you give the number yield that would be very helpful. Thanks. Want to try this recipe.

  2. 5 stars
    They look fantastic! How many does this batch yield? And do you just press the crust in the bottom of the muffin cup, not the sides?

    1. It made two pans, and yes, you press the crust into the bottom, but it’s ok if it goes on the sides too.