Tuesday, April 19, 2011

M&M cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter chips

On a spring-like day a few weeks ago I picked up this HUGE bag of 'Bunny Mix' M&M’s at the store.

One of my favorite cookies is an M&M chocolate chip cookie, adapted from this recipe on the M&M’s website.  At Cupcake Camp, I spoke briefly with Jen at Beantown Baker about Bloggers Bake for Hope and decided to participate.  I was trying to think of baked goods that would be fairly simple to ship, so decided to contribute 2 dozen of these cookies.  And for something different, I added some Reese’s peanut butter chips this time.

I love these cookies because they’re easy to make and freeze really well.  Plus, M&M’s always has different holiday colors out for Christmas, Halloween, Spring, 4th of July, etc so it’s easy to make these festive for different occasions!

First I creamed 1c softened butter with ½c each of white and light brown sugars.

Then added 1 egg and 2 ½ tsp vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 2c flour, ½ tsp baking soda and 1/8 tsp salt.  Slowly add the dry ingredients into the butter/sugar mixture.
ooohhhh when two become one....

Then add the good stuff!  For these, I added 2c M&M’s, 3/4c chocolate chips and 3/4c peanut butter chips.

Use a tablespoon to drop onto cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are lightly browned at the edges. 

Cool on wire racks and enjoy!

Bidding starts May 4th and goes through May6th - be sure to check out the Bloggers Bake for Hope site to check out some of the other delicious treats that will be up for sale!

M&M cookies with Chocolate and Peanut Butter chips
(makes approx 36 cookies - if you don't eat 4 cookie's worth of dough like I do!)

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk chocolate M&M’s
¾ cup chocolate chips
¾ cup peanut butter chips

·         Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl cream butter and sugars; beat in egg and vanilla.
·         In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt; slowly add into creamed mixture.
·         Stir in M&M’S®, chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.
·         If the dough is very soft, put in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to chill slightly
·         Drop tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
·         Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned

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