This copycat homemade Hocus Pocus cookie dough is the perfect Halloween treat. Made of an oatmeal peanut butter cookie dough and decorated with Sanderson sisters candies, it is a perfect movie viewing treat.
Once these cookies hit shelves, it is expected that people will run amok to get their hands on some. Now you don’t have to have a throw down at the store to get your favorite Nestlé Toll House Hocus Pocus Cookie Dough. You can make it at home!
Do I Have To Chill The Dough?
Thankfully, one of the things that makes this homemade hocus pocus cookie dough recipe so great is that you don’t have to chill the dough. Once the dough is together you can scoop it directly onto the baking sheet to cook.
How To Get Sanderson Sisters Colored Candies?
The candy coated gems that Nestle Toll House refers to are just M&M’s. The hocus pocus themed colors are based on the colors the Sanderson sisters wear. (Purple, yellow, and orange.)
Since you can’t buy these colors together by the bag, you can make your own Hocus Pocus themed M&M’s on their website. Or, you can buy the different colors by the pound.
What Kind Of Peanut Butter?
As compared to the store bought version, these are made with actual peanut butter, not just peanut butter flavored.
You can use either a creamy or crunchy peanut butter based on your preference. I used crunchy with mine and you can hardly tell that the peanuts are there.
Top Recipe Tips
- Line your baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat for even baking.
- I recommend using mini chocolate morsels because the candies are so large it keeps you from having too much chocolate in one bite.
- Only mix the dough until it just starts to come together. Over mixing makes the cookies tough and less chewy.
- You can use a cookie scoop to scoop out the dough, or you can measure out three tablespoons. Then roll them into a ball in your hands before putting them on a baking sheet.
- To get a fancier look, press the chocolate morsels and candy coated gems into the cookie dough instead of mixing it in.
- When the cookies come out of the oven they will look fluffy. The center will also still look a little wet. That’s okay. Let them finish cooking for five minutes on the baking sheet before transfering to a wire rack.
Hocus Pocus Cookie Dough Recipe
Hocus Pocus is one of the most popular Halloween movies, so these are a perfect treat to enjoy during a viewing. Enjoy the Winifred, Mary, and Sarah colored candies in a low effort treat that makes watching the movie even more fun.
Want some more cookie recipes? Try these.
Hocus Pocus Cookies
- 1 ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup butter
- ½ cup peanut butter
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 cup yellow, orange, and purple m&m's
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and line three baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the butter, peanut butter, and both sugars until fluffy. About 3 minutes. Slowly beat in the egg and vanilla extract until completely combined.
- In a large bowl, combine the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, mini chocolate chips, and pumpkin pie spice until combined. Stir it into the butter mixture until JUST combined.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop up eight cookies per baking sheet, each two inches apart. Press 5-6 chocolate candies into the top of each cookie dough heap.
- Bake for 11-12 minutes or until the edges are set, but the center is still a little wet. It will look very fluffy. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.