Taste the rainbow with these delicious, perfect and chewy skittles cookies. You can get these brightly colored cookies ready to eat in just about 30 minutes since the dough requires no chill time.
What are Skittles cookies?
Very simply, Skittles cookies are a nice sugar cookie base with Skittles candy added into the dough. They are easy to make and have a perfect combination of chewy and sweet fruit flavor.
Skittles are small, round candies with a hard brightly colored shell and a chewy center. They are very sweet and fruity. The color of their shell corresponds to the fruit flavor which includes orange, lemon, grape, lime and strawberry.
If I'm being honest, I was a little hesitant to try out these cookies. Although, Skittles are a favorite candy around here, I was a little concerned that their hard shell would not work well in cookies
However, I was pleasantly surprised that once the Skittles are baked in the cookie base that they actually become very chewy and sort of melt into the cookie surrounding. This lends to a nicely blended sugar cookie flavor that has bursts of sweet, chewy fruit flavors.
🍪 Why To Try This Recipe
Super easy - This recipe is super easy to make. You don't need to do anything fancy to whip these cookies up in just about 30 minutes.
Colorful - things cookies are super bright and colorful. They are full of a rainbow of colors thanks to the Skittles added in.
Great for many occasions - these cookies are perfect for wide range of occasions from afternoon snacking for the kids to your next birthday party or celebration.
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Hand or stand mixer
- Mixing bowl
- Cookie sheet
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- White Sugar
- Brown sugar
- Baking soda
See recipe card for quantities.
📖Substitutions & Variations
If you need to make a few ingredient substitutions or are looking for some recipe variations check out these ideas:
- Use cookie mix- make these even faster and easier by skipping making your own cookie batter and just using a cookie mix pre-made from the store and then adding in your Skittles
- Use Crisco or shortening - if you don't want to use butter in your recipe, you can substitute it at a one to one ratio for Crisco or shortening.
- Change up the sugar- we like to use a little brown sugar in our cookie recipes because it makes them even more moist and chewy. However, as long as you do a total of two cups of sugar you can use as much brown and as much white sugar as you prefer.
- Scale down the Skittles - two cups of Skittles gives a few Skittles in each cookie. However, if that's too overwhelming or sweet for you you can certainly scale back on the amount of Skittles you use. Adding more than two cups of Skittles would be quite overwhelming.
- Use different kinds of Skittles - It was actually have a few different varieties including original, chewy and sour. We used original for this recipe, but you could use any kind you prefer.
Like candy add-ins in your cookies? Give these milk dud stuffed cookies a try.
Follow along with these step-by-step instructions and process shots to learn how to make the perfect, most chewy Skittles cookies.
Step one: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. And, if your cookie sheet is not non-stick, go ahead and spray it with non-stick cooking spray or rub a thin layer of butter on it.
Step two: Combine softened butter, white and brown sugar into mixing bowl.
Note: to soften butter you can leave it at room temperature for about an hour. To speed it up, cut it into small chunks.
Step three: Cream butter and sugar together with hand or stand mixer. This should take a few minutes and will be complete when it is thoroughly mixed and becomes a little lighter and fluffier.
Step four: Add eggs and vanilla to bowl with creamed butter and sugar.
Step five: Mix eggs and vanilla into butter and sugar. This only takes a minute or so. You want it combined, but do not overmix.
Step six: Combine flour, baking soda and salt into a bowl. Then, slowly add flour mixture to the eggs and creamed butter and sugar while mixing it together. Mix until it is all combined, but be careful not to overmix.
Step seven: Pour in skittles and carefully fold them into the dough.
Step eight: Use a tablespoon and to heaping scoops to create balls. It ends up being about 1.5 tablespoons of dough. You can roll the dough balls in your hands to make them tighter and more uniform.
Step nine: Place the dough balls on the baking sheet giving a few inches between each ball to allow them to expand while cooking.
Step ten: Place cookie sheet into the preheated oven and bake for around 12 - 14 minutes. (Pro tip: Since ovens and cooking times vary, start checking them at about 8 - 10 minutes). You want the edges of the cookies to be firm and a little brown, but centers will still be soft. Once you remove them from the oven, allow them to cool on the cookie sheet where they will continue to bake and firm op.
Hint: If you don't eat these cookies while they are still warm, you should heat them in the microwave for 15 to 30 seconds. This will allow the Skittles to become melty and chewy again.
⭐Recipe Tips for Success
- Don't overbake- to ensure that your cookies are nice and chewy make sure that you don't over bake them. When you remove them from the oven they may still appear a little soft, but as they sit on the cookie sheet to cool they will continue to cook and firm up.
- Same size - Use a tablespoon to make sure that your cookies are all just about the same size. This way they will cook at the same rate and you won't end up with undercooked and overcooked cookies all in the same batch.
- Don't overwork your dough - overworked dough can lead to flat cookies. So, make sure that you get everything creamed and mixed, but don't overdo it. Just use the minimum speed and time necessary to get everything well combined.
Storage & Freezing
You should store these cookies in an airtight container. They can be kept at room temperature for about a week or a week or two if they are kept in the fridge.
If you want to store them for longer, it's super easy to freeze them for up to a year. Simply place them in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag and put them in the freezer.
Yes, Skittles cookies are actually quite good (if you like Skittles that is). They are fruity, chewy and sweet.
Yes, you can cook Skittles as long as they're in cookies or other baked goods. However, I wouldn't just cook them on their own as they will become melty and then very hard.
Skittles cookies used to be available at the store, but it appears they have been discontinued.
- Measuring Cup
- Measuring Spoon
- Hand or Stand Mixer
- Wooden spoon or spatula
- Mixing bowl
- cookie sheet
- 2.5 Cups Flour
- 2 Cups Skittles
- 2 Eggs
- 1.25 Cup Granulated Sugar
- .75 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1 Cup Butter
- 1.25 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- .25 Teaspoon Salt
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, if the cookie sheet you are using is not non-stick, spray with non-stick cooking spray or rub a thin layer of butter.
- Add 1 cup of softened butter, 1.25 cups granulated sugar and .75 cups of brown sugar to mixing bowl.Note: softened butter should be able to be pressed in the center an leave an indentation.
- Cream the butter and sugar together with the hand or stand mixer. This should take a few minutes and the mixture will get lighter and fluffier when combined.
- Add in 2 eggs & 1 teaspoon of vanilla, then combine well. Do not overmix, just mix enough so they are combined.
- In a separate bowl, mix .25 teaspoon salt, 1.25 teaspoon baking soda and 2.5 cups of flour.
- Then, slowly add the flour mixture into the creamed butter, sugar and eggs. Mix while you pour flour in. Again, be careful not to overmix, just mix long enough to combine it thoroughly.
- Pour in 2 cups of skittles and carefully fold into the dough.
- Use a tablespoon and scoop heaping scoops (ends up about 1.5 tablespoons). Roll the dough into balls and then place a few inches apart on the baking sheet.
- Place baking sheet into the oven for around 14 minutes. Since oven times vary, start checking around 10 minutes. Edges should be firm and light brown, center will still be soft, but will firm as the cookies cool.
- When you serve these cookies, they are best warm so the skittles are chewy. Serve while still warm from baking, or heat in the microwave for 15 seconds.
- They can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
- They can be frozen in an airtight container or a ziplock bag for up to a year.
- Don't overwork the dough. Especially when mixing in eggs and flour mixtures, just mix enough to combine thoroughly.
- Don't overbake the cookies. The centers will be soft when removing from the oven. As long as the edges are firm and light brown, the centers will firm up as they sit and cool on the baking sheet.
- To soften butter, it can be kept at room temperature for about an hour. Or, can be cut into chunks to soften faster.