Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dynamite Autumn Combo Cookie..Peanut Butter and M & M's !n

Since I've had quite a few requests for the big cookies recipe I mentioned here in my Autumn Meal post I thought I'd share them finally.  On a recent Facebook post  I said I was "Autumnizing" my house....making it look and smell like Autumn on the INSIDE even though the temps were still over 100 on the OUTSIDE! It does take some creativity and quite a bit of imagination but it is worth it. This time of year goes by so fast, and as one of my friends pointed out, it will be Christmas (and 2012) before we know it! It's amazing how quickly  time seems to pass....especially once we get into this last part of the year. 

So I took the time late this afternoon to make these cookies just because I felt like it....and nothing can make a home smell better than the smell of cookies in the oven.   Like most good cookie recipes these take very little time....don't you love that about cookies? This is a conglomeration of recipes I've seen over the years that I've tweaked to just the way I like it.....but it's very forgiving and can be played with even more. Gotta warn you though, this version is pretty darn good! Make a batch or two and see if you don't get some instant love going on at your house.

Monster M&M Peanut Butter Cookies



2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter

 1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1 cup peanut butter (crunchy preferred but smooth is fine)
1 cup brown sugar

1 cup white sugar
2 eggs (beaten)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups M&M's (divided)

Step #1: Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the baking soda, baking powder, and salt with the flour.......sifting it all together is a great way to do a large mixing bowl and set aside. Combine the next ingredients in the mixing bowl of your stand mixer, or in the bowl you use for mixing with your hand-held mixer.

Step #2: Using your electric mixer (or it can be done by hand) beat the butter, shortening, and the peanut butter until nice and smooth. Add white sugar and brown sugar and beat until well blended.

Step #3: Add the eggs one at a time....mix a little between each addition....then mix in vanilla.

Step #4: Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time mixing each time until well blended.

Step #5: Fold 3/4 cup of the M&M's into the batter, distributing it as evenly as possible.

Step #6: For really big cookies, scoop out dough using a heaping Tablespoon measure and drop balls onto a cookie sheet. Or actually use a bigger measure to make gigantic ones if you like. Be aware that if you use the Tablespoon measure you should only bake 6 or 8 cookies at a time so they will not run into each other.....even fewer if making the super large ones. If you use a teaspoon measure you can bake a dozen at a time as in most recipes. With a fork dipped in granulated sugar,  flatten each ball slightly making a criss-cross pattern on each.

Step #7: Top each batch of unbaked cookies with remaining M&Ms. Bake in the oven about 9-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11-12 minutes for crispy. After letting them sit for a minute or two remove the cookies from the baking pan with a spatula. Let cool on rack.

HINT: As with all cookies take them out of the oven right before they look done to you. They will continue to bake for a short time after they are removed! Experiment with each cookie recipe you bake to get them just the way you and your family likes them!


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Claudia said...

Oh, I can't wait to try these. You can't go wrong with peanut butter now can you? You're getting me in the Autumn mood for sure. :)

Blondie's Journal said...

We are such peanut butter fans here, I know these will go over really well, Elaine!! Thanks so much for the recipe...I can smell fall in the air!!


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Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Elaine, This recipe takes me back! My kids loved M&M cookies... but I always bought them from my grocer's bake shop.
Allthe kids are coming home in October and I plan to have a big clear jar filled with these blast from the past cookies.
Thanks you so much for this recipe!

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Tina said...

Thank you for stopping by and following both of my blogs! I'm following you too!
Your cookies look good. I spend a lot of time during the Fall/Winter season baking cookie with my grandchildren. I'll have to try this one first!

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I love cookies!
I enjoy baking them with my son Mr.Freddy.
Pictures are all on my blog.

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Golden Butterflyz said...

The thing about these cookies, they will be gone in a day. My family loves a great cookie treat. Thanks for posting this recipe!

Design It Chic said...

Totally with you on this one: nothing's making a home smell better than cookies in the oven:) Love how your cookies turned out and totally bookmarking the recipe. Thanks! I am now following you thanks to Blog Hop Friday, and it would be so nice if you could share the love back on my blog;)
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Sandra said...

These look so yummy! I know what I'm doing this weekend. Definitely will be making these cookies and "Autumnizing" my house! :)

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YayaOrchid said...

I can imagine how wonderful your house smells while baking these cookies. I am really going to have to make them! I only wish the weather was more Autumn like around here, but hey, cookies are great any time of year. :)

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Little Lilly Polka Dot Bedtime Blog said...

Hi Elaine!!

Thanks for visiting my blog. Now here I am on yours and I love it!! seems you have a knack for this!!


Vicky said...

Those cookies look amazing! I'll be right over, save me some and a glass of milk. ;-)

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Coley said...

Mmmm these look amazing!!

Candice said...

Oh, we love anything with peanut butter. Thanks so much for this recipe and thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm happily following you back :)

Tricia said...

One word....YUMM! Corny but true. ;)

Oh and I love your "Autumnizing" by the way.

Love ya,

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Carri said...

Have you ever made PB & J cookies? A coworker brought in blueberry pie cookies (yummy)

Ginny said...

Hey it's about time you put up another post Hee Hee! Just kidding. No really I saw these yesterday when you first put it up (cause I'm a Follower you know) and I actually bought the ingredients to make them this weekend. How's that for loyalty? :) Your friend Carri's idea for PB & J cookies sound good too. Boy I'm really making myself hungry!

Charlotte said...

Elaine, your blog spot is so beautiful. I"ve always wanted to do that but have to admit my "ignorance" in how to create one. Very enjoyable and love the colorful pictures and recipes.

Jo Ann said...

Elaine, I'm a southern girl too, I enjoyed looking through your blog and seeing the pictures, recipes and comments. Thanks for sharing your creative ideas with us. Enjoyed it so much! I copied a couple recipes as well!

Irene said...

Hi Elaine! I agree--oh how time flies so fast! I could hardly believe that we barely have four months left before 2012!

And your recipe just triggered my "monstrous" appetite. :-)

Hope you had a great weekend, Elaine! :-)

Anonymous said...

Now my sweet tooth is nagging me to have some of these scrumptious looking cookies.

Anonymous said...

YUMMY!! I want some!

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