Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Chewy M&M Cookies

This is my son Michael's favorite cookie. I got the original recipe (Monster Cookies) from Paula Deen. I made a change and added flour as I like the texture better, chewy center and crunchy outside layer.

1 1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

3 large eggs

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 cup flour

4 cups uncooked regular oats (not instant)

3/4 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

3/4 cup M&M (plus have extra to add to the top of each cookie for decoration)

Beat sugars and butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, peanut butter and vanilla; beating until combined. Stir in baking solda, flour, oats, chocolate chips and M&M's.

Roll into ball and flatten slightly onto ungreased baking sheets.  Place a few M&M on top of each cookie for decoration.

Bake, in batches, at 350° for 10-14 minutes (depending on the size) or until light golden brown. Do not over bake, they should look a little under done. Let set on cookie sheet to set up about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Yield: Makes 2 1/2 dozen (if you make them smaller you can get 3 dozen)

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