I’m sure I’m not the only one who regularly smuggles candy into the movie theater. Heck, I’ve even stuffed bags full of popcorn into my purse to bypass the ridiculously overpriced and overbuttered snacks they sell there. But that’s beside the point.
Sixlets used to be my stand by movie candy. I’d stop by the market before showtime and grab a pack or two of the colorful little bits. Granted, it was probably not the most inconspicuous of choices, seeing as they come in little cellophane sleeves that crinkle like cracked leaves as you slide the candies out with your teeth. Sorry, fellow movie patrons. My bad.
Eventually I grew up and graduated to more “mature” movie candies like Jr. Mints and Milk Duds. I’ll admit it had probably been 10 years since I had a sixlet.
So when I discovered recently that you could buy them in bulk, in much prettier colors, I couldn’t resist.
Other than just eating them right out of the (non-cellophane-wrapped) bag, I tried to think of what else I could do with them. And swapping them for chocolate chips in a massive, chewy cookie seemed like a fabulous idea.
While the end product was incredibly tasty, the sixlets aren’t quite as oven-friendly as chocolate chips or even m&ms. They bleed. In fact, I almost called these “Paintball Cookies” because the melted sixlets oozed into the surrounding cookie much like a splattered paintball. A delicious. Candy coated. Chocolate paintball.
Jumbo Sixlets Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) of salted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup sixlets (substitute m&m’s or chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In another bowl, mix together the melted butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix in the dry ingredients until dough comes together. Stir in sixlets.
Roll dough by the 1/4-cupful into golf-ball size balls. Arrange on prepared cookie sheets, leaving about 2 inches between then.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes (or about 10 to 12 minutes for smaller cookies), until the edges are lightly golden and center is puffed. Allow to cool on baking sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
Adapted from AllRecipes.All images and text © Lindsay Landis / Love & Olive Oil
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I made these cookies today using Christmas colored sixlets and they were a huge hit!Perfectly chewy and buttery with crisp golden edges.This recipes a keeper!Thank you so much for sharing !
So glad you enjoyed! :)
I have a lot of leftover sixlets after hosting a bridal shower..so I made these cookies yesterday…One of MY FAVORITE COOKIES EVER! :) The cookie itself had amazing flavor, and the sixlets obviously only added more DELICIOUSNESS! :) I followed the recipe EXACTLY! Thanks for the recipe!! I will file it away in my FAVORITES file. :) <3
Sixlets were one of my favorite candies growing up. Love, love, love these cookies!
Oh, and I totally sneak candy into the theater too. Raisinettes and Junior Mints are my faves!
I LOVE Sixlets! :) soooo making these!
I love sixlets, and can’t resist buying them when I do come across them. I think it would be dangerous to buy them in bulk!! Love these cookies, and love the colors!
Giant sixlets!?!? Awesomeness! These cookies look incredible…and I love the blue wood that they’re on. So pretty!
Oh they look like would taste delicious and they are so stinkin’ cute too!
Oh my goodness, these little cookies are fabulous – and so colorful! Love them, and love your photos. Great job!
I think these were just not a “thing” around here. My movie candy was (and is!) Raisinets. And I just got a memory of the embarrassment I’d feel when my mom would pop the top on her can of Diet Pepsi. I thought for sure we’d get kicked out of the theater!
I just love these spring colours, and great for Easter baking :-)
I am making these ASAP. Sixlets were my favorite candy growing up!!
Love the happy colourful lollies in these! Looks delicious!
Absolutely gorgeous cookies! So pretty, would be perfect for a baby shower or birthday party!
Oh wow! If the oven wasn’t broken, I would be making these right now! I hadn’t even finished reading the post before I whatsapped my boyfriend to bring me some cookies on his way home! haha
OMG, I LOVE Sixlets! I stopped being able to find them in stores ages ago, so whenever I see them, I go crazy! I’m definitely trying this recipe.
Hey Lindsay…Wouter and I always take our own popcorn & bottled water to the movies. We love the big screen, movies are just not the same on the tv, but the prices for snacks are totally outrageous. Cookies like these would be a great addition to my snack “tote”. We have gone so far as to take sandwiches and have lunch while we watch a great movie! Long live the big screen…and homemade snacks!
My Mum always used to let us smuggle sweets into the cinema as the prices are so extortionate. I think my best ever smuggle was an ice cream cone bought round the corner from the cinema and held deep inside a very big bag! These look like a lovely – and more practical! – option :-)
Sixlets were one of my favorite candies when I was a kid…I have to admit, I didn’t know they were still made until I saw your recipe! These cookies look delicious and I bet my nieces and nephews would absolutely love them. Thanks for the great idea!
Wow, I love Sixlets, and have never thought to put them in cookies! They’re beautiful too! What a great cookie to add to my Easter baskets this year, if they can even make it in. I might eat them all! :)
Sixlets, I bought Easter shimmery colored ones at Walmart today. Very pretty. I am going to try them in cookies for my grandkids.
This will be a great idea for easter desert!
Ok, don’t shoot me, but I’ve never had a sixlet before nor have I heard of one til now. Eep, I’m going to assume I’m missing out! However, these cookies look so good and delicious. I love the photos, too. The color pop is gorgeous!
I adore the photography on this post. Truly.
Sixlets? I’ve never heard of them, but if they work like M&Ms, I’m certainly willing to try them. Yum!
LOVE SIXLETS! I will be looking for them this week (really just to eat out of the bag until I get a stomach ache) and then, I promise I will make these cookies! How cute, they look so ‘spring’!
What a great idea! Sixlet’s were my favorite candy growing up too! Now I am on the hunt to find Sixlet’s at the store. Such a creative idea to incorporate them into a cookie!
We smuggle popcorn into the theater ALL.THE.TIME! …shhh don’t tell the popcorn police.
I’m not a candy person, I never was. I think I was the only 5 year old that would say no to a candy bar, not even gum. But Sixlets have a power over me! I can’t seem to say no to them. These cookies look sinful, lol.
Haha, paintball cookies. I like that.
Oh, I love Sixlets! What a fun cookie!
This is going to sound stupid but what is a Sixlet? Is it just chocolate? There pretty and the cookies look delish!
I’ve actually read they’re a mix of chocolate and carob, which gives them a unique flavor compared to, say, m&m’s.
Oh goodness..adorable for an easter table.
Wow, I completely forgot about Sixlets. For some reason, they have such a different taste from M&Ms. I miss them. Cute recipe!
Such pretty cookies and I love the pastel colors for spring :)
I totally forgot about Sixlets! Those use to be my favorite, too!
These make me feel like a kid again! I love it!
These might be the most adorable cookies ever!
I don’t even know what sixlets are, but man do these cookies look delicious :)
Oh these are too fun… I have some of those in my pantry right now! What a great idea.
These cookies are so cuuute! Lovely!
I really like the paintball effect, it makes the cookies look so pretty!
ahhh i love sixlets!! these look so pretty and perfect for spring!
These cookies are perfect for Spring & Easter. I’m going to stash this cookie recipe in my cookbook for future use!
You made cookies with my favorite candy ever! I love I love I love!
These are so cute!
Those are incredibly pretty with the sixlets!!! I was definitely a milk dud girl and would even pour some into the popcorn bag for the sweet + salty combo. I’m a sucker for chocolate + caramel. — I just love your simple header and super clean blog design!
These are so pretty! They remind me of the large edible pearls you can use for decorating, but they probably taste much better! These would make a great colorful edition to any cookie!
The cookies look so colorful! I’ve also smuggled in WHOLE bags of popcorn as well. Who wants to pay that much when you have a huge purse to take care of it for you.
These cookies are awesome. Great photos too Lindsay! My snack of choice to smuggle into movies has always been twizzlers. Gotta have ’em!