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Sno-Cap Movie Night Cookies

Sno Cap Cookies

Why You Should Make Sno-Cap Cookies for Your Next Movie Night

  1. You are a huge Sno-Cap fan. (I know many of you love Sno-Caps. When I asked on Facebook about your favorite movie theater snacks other than popcorn, Sno-Caps came up multiple times.)
  2. You are making popcorn cupcakes for your movie night and you need an appetizer that will be a sure-fire blockbuster hit.
  3. You are having a chocolate chip cookie craving, but it’s midnight and the only store that sells chocolate chips is closed.  Guess what?  24-hour drug stores sell Sno-Caps.
  4. You like to buy your cookie ingredients at the movie theater concession stand. (This is not recommended unless you like getting ripped off.)

What Are Sno-Caps?

Nestle Sno-Caps - 18 Pack

Those of you not familiar with the American movie theater experience may not know about Sno-Caps.  Sno-Caps are a candy made by Nestle.  They are essentially chocolate chips covered in tiny nonpareils (little white sprinkle balls).

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Why Are Sno-Caps Popular at the Movies?

Perhaps Sno-Caps are popular at movie theaters because, like popcorn, they feature something crunchy and white and they are small enough to shovel into your mouth by the handful.  Unlike popcorn, Sno-Caps come in a box too small to fit two hands inside.  Thus, it is a great litmus test for your date. Do they let you go first or do they hoard the box?

Why Are M&M Cookies so Popular and not Sno-Cap Cookies?

M&M cookies are everywhere; I’ve seen them at countless parties and even sold in coffee shops.  Yet, I have never seen a Sno-Cap cookie – even after an extensive Google search. Because Sno-Caps are actually chocolate chips (topped with candy), they are the ideal substitute for chocolate chips in cookies.  I can only speculate that people haven’t tried this before because:

Sno-Caps are too similar to chocolate chips. The substitution was so obvious that people didn’t see it.  You can compare this to to the invention of the Snuggie for Dogs (people love dogs and they love the Snuggie, but it took a while for someone brilliant to put the two together).

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Play-Doh Fun Factory Deluxe Set (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Sno-Caps aren’t as fun as M&M’s because they aren’t multi-colored.  You can compare this to the invention of Play-Doh.  No one thought to play with regular old dough because it wasn’t multi-colored.

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Sno-Cap Cookie Recipe

To make Sno-Cap cookies, use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, but use Sno-Caps instead of the chocolate chips.  A quick poll on Facebook introduced me to Alton Brown’s chocolate chip cookie recipe that he calls The Chewy.  While I didn’t find these cookies to be chewy (except when they were hot)*, they were exceptional cookies. This may be my new go-to chocolate chip cookie recipe.  The Chewy is the kind of cookie that you have to hide from yourself so you don’t gobble the whole bowl down before your friends arrive.  They are even better microwaved for 20 seconds to make them hot again.

*It’s possible that they weren’t chewy because I didn’t chill them long enough.  I’ve heard that chilling the dough thoroughly helps make the cookies chewier.

Here’s Alton’s recipe as I made it with my oh-so-minor (and yet earth-shattering to Sno-Cap fans) change to make them Sno-Cap cookies:

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Sno-Cap Cookies

To make Sno-Cap cookies, use your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, but use Sno-Caps instead of the chocolate chips.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate chip cookie recipe, chocolate chip cookies, sno cap cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 194kcal
Author Stef


  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour You read that right. I've never made cookies with bread flour before, but I figured Alton knew what he was doing - and it worked!
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt Sometimes I'm tempted to cut the salt in recipes. But, good chocolate chip - or Sno-Cap - cookies need salt. In this case, using Kosher salt versus the smaller grain table salt makes the salt flavor pop.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 C sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract I used vanilla bean paste.
  • 2 cups Sno-Caps About 3 3.1oz boxes


  • Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a heavy-bottom medium saucepan (or a microwave) over low heat and pour it into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Add the sugar and brown sugar and cream with the butter.
  • Add the egg, yolk, milk, and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  • Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.
  • Stir in the Sno-Caps.
  • Chill the dough (I did this for about thirty minutes and, as noted above, I wonder if doing this for longer would have made my cookies chewier).
  • Scoop onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Alton suggests making 6 cookies per sheet. I didn't stick to this and made all different sizes.
  • Bake at 375 F for 14 minutes or until golden brown. Rotate the baking sheet for even browning.
  • Cool completely and store in an airtight container.


Nutrition Facts
Sno-Cap Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 128mg5%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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27 comments on “Sno-Cap Movie Night Cookies”

  1. Love this recipe! The bread flour is really interesting. I made a chocolate cupcake from CI that used bread flour. It was the best cupcake ever! Go figure!!!

  2. Adorable, but more creative than anything!

  3. this is great! I love sno-caps (and cookies)

  4. Jensays:

    I wonder if sno-caps are a regional thing? I have never heard of them!

  5. I too love Sno-caps. Your cookies look adorable…

  6. Debbiesays:

    I must be really tired, I thought the post said “Snap Cup”…oh man! You are so right though, i never thought of substituting chocolate chips for sno-caps and what a cute pairing with popcorn cupcakes, I love it!

  7. Jeanniesays:

    Looks delicious! Pity can’t get sno cap here.

  8. Never would’ve though of using these in cookies! I can’t say that I’ve eaten much of these in the past but love the looks of them in a cookie!!

  9. Nataliesays:

    brilliant! way to come up with something new! they’d look great in chocolate cookies too!

  10. You know what’s funny is I was such a huge fan-girl of Alton’s but I never really was a huge fan of anything I made that was his recipe. I think I just have a thing for food & nerds :-D

  11. Awesome cookie addition. I love it!

  12. Reading about these cookies has made me want to go to the movies tonight. Just wish these cookies were available for purchase at the theater too!

  13. Marysays:

    I’ve never before met an advocate for sno-cap cookies :-). You’ve convinced me to walk the straight and narrow that’s for sure. Actually this was my first visit to your blog and I had such a good time reading this post that I browsed through some of your earlier entries as well. I like the banter and the food and recipes featured here. I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  14. Pamsays:

    They look so delicious!

  15. Kimsays:

    Wow! These look so tasty!

  16. Dawnsays:

    Reading this post and comments inspired me to try “The Chewy” with my own interpretations. I really expected better instructions from Alton Brown! My first two batches came out looking like tuiles they were so flat. The dough practically had to be frozen to get the chewy cookies I was looking for, and even then they didn’t stay chewy. But the cookies were really good, so it’s a recipe worth tweaking.

  17. These sno-cap cookies look great! Thanks for the recipe!

  18. Joysays:

    I love love snow caps. I haven’t had it for so long. It looks great.

  19. Audreysays:

    These look delicious!! I can’t wait to attempt to make these, after I get off my diet… Thanks for sharing!

  20. That’s a little new to me. But it is very artistic and unique. Thanks for the recipe.

  21. Sno-caps are a great idea to pretty up an old favourite! This cookie is always a favourite, but with this new twist they are sure to turn heads.

  22. Do they sell bread flour at the mainstream grocery stores? I want to make these for Valentine’s Day but I have never seen bread flour.

  23. Stefsays:

    SonCherie – Yes. You should be able to find bread flour at most grocery stores. Good luck!

  24. Katesays:

    Sorry about the late comment, but I love sno-caps! I got married last January (yay! one year) and Sno-caps were our favor. Imagine a 25 lb barrel of sno-caps being separated into tiny bags… great idea!

  25. I chilled my dough for about 2 hours and my cookies are perfectly chewy! I also just used all purpose flour instead of bread flour, and my secret is always substituting baking powder for baking soda. I find baking soda to always make cookies harder. Anyway, they are delicious and I will for sure be using Alton’s cookie dough from now on! Thanks for posting!

  26. I too love Sno-caps. Your cookies look adorable…

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