[Re-posted from Juggling With Julia]
Peanut butter and chocolate is absolutely my favorite flavor combo. It took about a nanosecond for me to decide I was making these cookies once I saw the photos. I don't really need an excuse to make something this delicious, but the Easter themed M&M's were the clincher. I had to make them RIGHT NOW. Many thanks to Sally's Baking Addiction for the inspiration!
As expected, they were absolutely divine (like there was a chance they wouldn't be?!) They were peanut buttery, dense with a crispy texture, dotted with lovely milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate throughout. It just occurred to me I forgot to put the second egg in. That would've made these a little chewier, but still they were great. One cookie and a glass of milk and my sweet tooth was completely satisfied. I had doubled the batch thinking the recipe looked small, then ended up with a lot more than I expected -- I think about 70 cookies in all. It's lucky I know a lot of people who love cookies! There were a lot of happy people in the greater Boston area today.
FYI, there is nothing "light" about these. Some things are meant to be dense in calories and flavor. Enjoy them. Savor them. Share them. Then continue with your everyday healthy habits. It's all about BALANCE!
Peanut Butter M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction
Makes about 5 1/2 dozen cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened to room temp
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup M&Ms
1) In a small bowl, combine the flour and baking soda, stir with a fork, and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer. *You could do this by hand if you're that kind of gal, but even I drag out the 30-year-old Kitchen Aid for this
2) Stir in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla and beat until fully combined.
3) Slowly mix in the flour/baking soda mixture.
4) Fold in chocolate chips and chill the dough for about 30 minutes.
5) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
6) Drop chilled dough by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Press 5-6 M&Ms into the top of each cookie.
7) Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are just barely beginning to brown. Do not overcook. Remove to a wire rack to cool.