Friday, August 16, 2013
Snack Mix Cookies
The sweet and salty snack mix that M&Ms put out is a guilty pleasure of mine. First, M&M's are my kryptonite and by far my favorite candy. Then the peanuts and pretzels for a bit of salty flavor. And finally itty bitty cookies to round out the foursome of flavors to make a fun little snack. All tossed into these cookies for a lot of wow and a bunch of yum. Dave asked what I was making as a started portioning the dough onto my cookie sheets, and when I told him what was in them, his eyes got as big as saucers. I said, "There are cookies in my cookies," and he just about died. Then he ate one later and was in love. He described them as monster cookies, but without the peanut butter (liiiiight bulb!)
I first came across the snack mix when I tossed it into a krispies treat last year (although that was the dark chocolate version). I'd been eying these cookies by Karly from Buns in My Oven for a little while and when I saw the snack mix on sale at the supermarket, I jumped on it and got to work. I didn't change anything about Karly's recipe (yet, because you can bet your sweet tuches I'm going to swap some peanut butter for some of the butter very soon). I used a Tablespoon cookie scoop and got 4 dozen cookies, so I suppose Karly's cookies were bigger. But I thought mine were the perfect size, so you can decide what works for you. Stock up on this snack mix because you need these cookies in your life!
Snack Mix Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups M&Ms snack mix
In the bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or a large bowl with a hand held mixer, cream butter, then add sugars and beat until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition, then add vanilla and beat again.
Whisk together flour, baking soda and salt, then gradually add to creamed mixture, stirring to incorporate. Fold in snack mix.
Drop dough onto parchment or Silpat lined cookie sheets. (Note: I used a medium cookie scoop).
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes until set and edges are crisp. Turn baking sheet 180 degrees halfway through. If using more than one sheet at a time, rotate positions in the oven for more even baking.
Remove from oven and cool on pans for a few minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 4 dozen cookies.
The Cookie Princess
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