Peanut Butter and M&M Cookies

Wednesday, September 23

Did anyone else lead a sweet deprived childhood? I sometimes feel as though I'm making up for all those times I was only allowed yogurt or one piece of dark chocolate for dessert. M&M's were taboo in my house but I sometimes would 'exchange' my Babybel cheese wedge for a handful during school lunches. These days I could easily go through a bag of M&M's dark chocolate candy. Whoever came up with the idea to create a dark chocolate version is an evil genius. Someone bought me a large bag of these gems as a mock birthday present last week knowing full well about my weakness for the stuff. So I, being the good friend that I am, baked a batch of peanut butter cookies stuffed with the entire bag of M&M's. I snapped a few pictures before returning the favour. :)

I think these are a classic children's cookie. They are so pretty with all the colours popping through the blond peanut butter dough. These cookies look like they are throwing themselves their own party! And since these were one of the forbidden fruits of my childhood, I kept a few for myself. They were creamy, chewy and everything I had imagined they would be! The M&M's added a pleasant crunch the the smooth texture, and my additional sea salt made them even more addicting. I'm so glad I 're- gifted' and did not eat the entire batch. Trust me, that would be entirely possible. Be sure to have someone around to share these with. Peanut Butter M&M Cookies
( recipe found on Blog Chef )
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Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp. of baking soda
  • 1 tsp. of baking powder
  • 1 tsp. of salt ( I used 2 tsp. of sea salt )
  • 1/2 cup of room temp. butter
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup of peanut butter ( I used Peanut Butter & Co's Bee's Knees )
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract ( I used almond )
  • 1 cup of M&M's ( I used an entire large bag of the dark )

Method:

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and shortening together. Add the peanut butter and beat until smooth. Add both sugars and continue to beat until everything is well incorporated. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla extract and beat to blend. Using a large wooden spoon or your hands, add the flour a little bit at a time until there are no white streaks. Stir in the M&M's until they are evenly dispersed through out the batter. Cover and refrigerate for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Scoop out rounded tablespoonfuls of the dough and place each cookie about 2 inches apart. If you want, you can make a criss cross pattern with a lightly floured fork. Bake for about 8-10 minutes. If you prefer crispy cookies, increase the time to 11-12 minutes. Allow the sheets to cool for 5 minutes before removing the cookies.

9 comments:

  1. Those look delicious! I bet they would look so cute with the Halloween colored m&m's!

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  2. Those cookies look so perfect- I just want to reach through the screen and grab one!

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  3. I will definitely try and bake those, and will let you know :)

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  4. Great idea SugarCooking! Just another excuse to bake them again. :P

    Hi Sara! Thanks, I regret giving away most of the batch.

    Dolce, you won't regret it. The recipe is very easy if you can keep yourself from eating most of the M&M's. :>

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  5. I haven't seen PB&Co's Bees Knees. I assume it's got a honey flavor? I've only had their chocolate PB dreams and maple. I just made M&M cookies also, but with the milk chocolate version, and I did make them for kids but wound up eating a good portion of them myself.

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  6. These came out so even and beautiful! I love anything peanut and chocolate. I'm just starting my blog... would love for you to stop by! http://rollininthedough.wordpress.com/

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  7. Judy, It is a honey laced peanut butter. What makes it so perfect is that the honey flavour is very subtle so it's not too sweet. Perfect for cookies. :)

    Hi rollinginthedough, Welcome to the blogging world! I love your title, And I would be happy to visit you. :)

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  8. M&M cookies always make me feel happy. I think they remind me of my childhood or something.

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♥ Valerie

 

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