Hope you’re ready for some serious peanut butter action. These were a last minute life saver dish. I had made some apple butter snickerdoodles to bring to a party but I was really unhappy with how they turned out. I looked through my closet, saw that I had peanut butter M&M’s and pretzels, and had an ah-ha! moment.
They are a peanut butter cookie base chock full of peanut butter M&M’s. And equally full of buttery, salty pretzel pieces. Everyone knows peanut butter and pretzels are an amazing combination (to be fair, so is peanut butter and everything). They were a major crowd pleaser.
Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Cookies:
(Makes 40 cookies)
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter. softened
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup splenda (or sugar)
- 1 large egg
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup peanut butter M&M’s
- 3/4 cup pretzel pieces
(Dough requires chilling)
Using an electric mixer, cream together butter, light brown sugar and splenda. Mix in peanut butter. Add egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl mix together flour and baking soda. Slowly add dry mixture to wet mixture. Fold in M&M’s and pretzels using a rubber spatula. Save a few pieces for sticking in the tops after baking. Chill dough for 30-40 minutes.
Preheat to 350F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat. Drop tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cookies may appear undone, but take them out anyway. Press a few extra M&M’s and pretzel pieces into the tops of the cookies for appearance purposes if desired. Let sit on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction
These cookies are incredibly versatile. Any kind of M&M would be great. Or a mix, if you have a bunch of ends of bags laying around. I made blondies recently that had regular, coconut, pumpkin spice and peanut butter M&M’s. A strange mix perhaps, but they were incredible. This is a cross section of them. Unfortunately I didn’t take any actual pictures of them, but I might have to make them again so I can make a post about them. Anyway. Peanut butter cookies.
Make em. Love em. Live the peanut butter way.