Milky Way Biscuits are a fun treat to make at home. Quick and easy with simple to find ingredients, these biscuits are fun, full of yum and crowd pleasing! Chocolate biscuits smothered in white chocolate will make your milky way cookies dreams come true.
The things that you will love about this recipe the most are summarised in the points below, you might even discover some more reasons that you love them too!
- Homemade Cookies: I know I don't have to convince you on this point. Homemade almost anything is often more wholesome than store bought. The smell of these biscuits whilst baking is enough to bring the crowds knocking.
- Kid Friendly: the kids can help you with this recipe! Get them sifting and stirring or rolling the biscuits into balls.
- Lunch Box treats: these cookies are perfect to pop in the lunch box for a sweet treat during the day!
- Chocolate Bar Baking: we all love that 1st bite into our favourite chocolate bar and by baking with them, we take that to the next level by combing our favourite chocolate bar with crunchy cookies, what's not to love about it!
- Kid Friendly: this is one of the recipes where the kids can get involved. Ask them to unwrap the milky ways (you might loose a few) or get them to help sift the dry ingredients. Teamwork in the kitchen!
- Lunch Box Friendly: pop 1 of these into the lunch boxes and look forward to it all day or know the delight that will be had on finding a chocolate cookie at a morning tea break!
Everything you need to make these biscuits is shown in the photo below. For exact measurements and detailed instructions, scroll to the printable recipe card below.
As you can see, the recipe calls for:
- Milky Way Chocolate: I use a 12 bar share packet of these. Then I remove individual wrappers and cut each Milky way into 6 pieces. The chocolate may crumble a little as you do this but for the most part they will stay complete.
- Icing Sugar: Also known as confectioners sugar, this is a soft, white powdered sugar. It is excellent to use in baking and is a popular choice to use when dusting cakes and baked goods.
- Butter: I recommend using unsalted butter. Remove it from the fridge as a starting point so it will be at room temperature when you come to use it.
- Plain Flour: we need to sift this ingredient to get out any lumps or bumps.
- Cocoa Powder: we also need to sift this ingredient. It brings the rich chocolate taste and colour to the cookie dough.
- White Chocolate: we use this to help decorate the biscuits. As I was creating this recipe, I realised that due to the soft nougat and chocolate layers, baking the Milky Way pieces was not going to work (they melt and disform in a very unpretty manner!) . But by melting some chocolate, we can use this to stick the Milky Way pieces to the top of the chocolate and the problem is solved!
Top Tip: Use a knife and chopping board when cutting the chocolate bars into pieces. Flip them over and cut from the bottom to the top to preserve as much of the chocolate bar form as we can!
Here at the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We need electric beaters or a mix master.
- Cream the butter till pale and creamy, add vanilla extract (Photo 1)
- Add vanilla and beat to combine (Photo 2)
- Sift and add icing sugar (Photo 3)
- Beat till butter and sugar is consistently combined (Photo 4)
Room temperature butter will be easier to work with than straight out of the fridge butter.
It will also be easier to beat it if you chop it into small cubes to start with.
You can use either vanilla extract of imitation vanilla (cheaper), we only use the slightest amount so it doesn't make a huge difference to the flavour of the biscuits.
- Add flour and cocoa powder to the cream butter sugar (Photo 5)
- Beat to combine (Photo 6)
- Finish pushing the cookie dought together with spatula (Photo 7)
- Chop the Milky Way bars into pieces (Photo 8)
The cookies dough mixture will be soft and pliable. It helps to scrap down the sides of the bowl and push it all together with a spatula towards the end.
A small knife and chopping board will help you prep the Milky Way chocolate bars.
You will be able to get 4 (larger) or 6 (smaller) pieces from each mini Milky Way.
- Portion the biscuit mixture onto the baking trays (Photo 9)
- Use 2 finger pads to slightly flatten them (Photo 10)
- Bake the biscuits for 12 to 15 mins (Photo 11)
- Decorate the biscuits with melted chocolate and milky way pieces (Photo 12)
A mini cookie scoop is not essential, but you can see from the photos that is what I am using to portion the biscuit mixture.
This results in even sized cookies and keeps your hands clean.
If you want to roll the biscuit batter into portions, you can do this also. A teaspoon or 2 will help get the initial scoop out of the bowl.
We need to give the biscuits a little space from each other on the baking trays. This is because they spread as they bake.
I offset each row slightly and keep to a maximum of 12 per baking tray.
The biscuits will cook in 12 to 15 minutes. It is important to leave them on the baking tray after this time as they firm up as they cool down.
Removing them to a wire rack too quickly would see them crumble and fall apart (oh no!!).
Let the biscuits cool a little before decorating them. If using the microwave to melt the white chocolate, it will only take 2 mins.
Then use a teaspoon to portion a small amount of chocolate on top of each biscuits and top with the chopped up Milky Way pieces, it is fun and a little too easy!!
When decorating the biscuits, aim 1 teaspoon of melted chocolate and for 2 to 3 pieces of chopped up Milky Way bars per biscuit.
This will give you a good way of knowing that the chocolate won't flow over the biscuit edges and that you will have enough Milky Way bits (even if one or 2 go missing when the kids are helping).
You won't be able to resist that 1st bite into the freshly bake cookie and will be reward with lots of yum as it melts in your mouth!
Top Tips and Tricks
Here are my expert tips for baking the biscuits. I want to share them with you so you get the recipe right from the get go!
- Grab the butter out as a starting point. This way it will be at room temperature when you come to come to cream it.
- Undercreamed butter will have more of a ripple effect on the biscuits, so ensure it is pale and creamy (lighter yellow than when you started).
- You will get the best results if you sift the icing sugar, flour and cocoa powder, try not to skip this step!
- Ensure the oven is preheated so that the biscuits start baking as soon as they hit the oven. This way the time will be spot on 12 to 15 mins.
- Let the biscuits begin to cool before moving them off the baking tray so they don't break apart.
- Use a flat silicon utensil when they are cool, slide it under and move the biscuits to a cooling rack when ready.
- Before decorating, allow the biscuits to cool slightly so they are ready for the melted chocolate.
- No need to wait once you have spoon the chocolate onto the biscuit top, it is what we need to stick the chocolate bar pieces, so pop them on top straight away!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Mars bars and Milky Way the same thing?
Mars Bars and Milky Ways are both chocolate bars, but they are slightly different from each other.
They both have a layer of nougat and are covered in milk chocolate, however, Mars Bars has a layer of caramel on top of the nougat that Milky Way Chocolate Bars do not.
Is Milky Way a chocolate in Australia?
Milky Ways are chocolate bars made in Australia.
They are often described as 'Milky Way Chocolate Whip Bar's.
What is the white stuff in a Milky Way?
The white stuff in a Milky Way is nougat.
The nougat has a fluffy light texture and malt flavour which is then covered in milk chocolate.
Can you bake Milky Ways?
Baking with Milky Ways leads to mixed results as the chocolate bar or chopped up pieces of it can melt and spread in the oven.
So the options to bake with them are either to stuff them inside a cookie or to bake the biscuits and decorate them with Milky Way chocolate bars cut into pieces.
More Easy Sweet Treats
If you love getting your bake on, albiet sometimes it is a no bake day, then the following recipes are to get you into your kitchen:
- Coffee Slice (no bake!)
- Mars Bar Cookies
- Snickers Cookies
- Macadamia Caramel Slice
- Chocolate Caramel Slice
- Malteser Rocky Road
- Malteser Fudge
We can never have too much chocolate, right or maybe we can, so we bake a little of it instead!
Milk your way my friends.
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Milky Way Biscuits
- 1 Large mixing bowl
- 1 Electric beaters
- 1 Spatula
- 2 Baking Trays
- 2 Silicon Baking Mats
- 1 Mini Cookie Scoop
- 250 grams Butter Note 1
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 cup Icing Sugar Note 2
- 2 cups Plain Flour
- 2 tbs Cocoa Powder
- 1 cup White Chocolate Melts
- 12 mini Milky Way Bars Note 3
- Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 180°C / 350-375°F / Gas Mark 4-5.
- Cream butter and sugar: Use electric beaters to cream butter till pale and creamy, add vanilla extract and combine.
- Add flour and cocoa powder: sift the flour and cocoa powder into the butter mixture and combine. Use a spatular at the end so the cook dough forms a ball.
- Portion into cookies: use a mini cookie scoop to portion the mixture across the 2 baking trays. Give the cookies a little bit of space as they will spread.
- Oven Bake: place the baking trays into the oven and cook the biscuits for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove when cooked, but leave on the baking tray to cool.
- Once Cool: use a flat silicon utensil and slide it under each cookied, transferring them to a wire rack.
- Decorate: heat the white chocolate in the microwave for 2 mins, stir, then spoon a teaspoon of it over the top of each cookie. Place the Milky Way pieces on top of the melted chocolate and let set.
- Store: once the biscuits have fully cooled and the chocolate on top has set, place them in an air tight container.
- Note 1 - Butter: regular unsalted butter is my recommendation. Grab it out of the fridge and have it at room temperature as it will be easiest to cream this way.
- Note 2 - Icing Sugar: Sifting the icing sugar is the best way to ensure there are no lumps or bumbs in it.
- Note 3 - Milky Way Chocolate Bars: I use a 12 mini share packet of these. Remove the wrappers and use a knife and chopping board to cut into 4 or 6 pieces to decorate.