Introducing: Just Another Cookie Monday!
I’ve often thought that Mondays should be a required part of the weekend, and then we wouldn’t hate them so much. But then Tuesdays would be on our list of things we love to hate, Wednesday would no longer be hump day, and Thursday… well… it would be Thursday.
Not to mention, adding national holidays that normally fall on Monday to the mix, would now be on Tuesday, leaving a three day work week. Sounds wonderful, but somehow I think it would totally mess up the whole weekday ecosystem. Monday as part of the weekend is just not a feasible option.
So, what would make Mondays better? What would give us something to look forward to Mondays, the same way we look forward to Fridays?
We need cookies on Mondays.
Lots of cookies.
So, today is the first of what is now going to be “Just Another Cookie Monday” (Yep, go ahead and sing it to the tune of the Manic Monday song… and now you’ll have that tune in your head all day. I do already…You’re welcome!)
I’m thrilled today, to have Jess from Cooking Is My Sport to be my very first cookie expert!
Let me tell you a little about Jess… and why I was smitten with this girl the moment I met her…
She says she’s shy… Shy?!!
I think not…
She makes it so easy to get caught up in her excitement..
Her personality really shines bright as the sun… especially when she starts talking about the food that she has prepared, and the recipes that she’s sharing with all of us… well, you can feel the passion and the enthusiasm in every word she writes…and you just know that cooking is truly in her heart… and when food is made from the heart, then you know it’s absolutely delicious.
She is always there with kind words and unending support, and I feel lucky to have met her in this vast blogging community… I’m honored to call her my friend, and so, SO happy that she agreed to share her Peanut Butter M&M cookie recipe with you today…
Thank you, Jess, I’m excited that you’re here! Take it away, my friend…
My collar is definitely popped right now. I’m feelin’ pretty good about myself and I don’t mind admitting it.
Know why? Cause I get to do a guest post on my friend Prudy’s blog. As I pointed out to her when she asked me to contribute to this new awesome series: she’s like one of the most Popular Girls in this Blog School we all go to. If we all had to vote for a Homecoming Queen or Miss Congeniality for the yearbook, her picture would be right there in lights. I literally jumped at the opportunity to guest post for her, and to kick off this great series. Thanks Prudy- you’re the best
You know, I’m only in my mid twenties (how the bleep am I five years from 30?), but I’m still at the point in my life when I can look back at my younger years at some of the stuff I used to do and ask myself:
“How did I DO that?!”
I remember I time when I could crawl on my hands and knees in the tubes at Chuckie Cheese and Discovery Zone. Now? My knees ache just THINKING about putting them against hard surfaces.
I used to be able to put both my legs over my head and just chill on the floor with a smile on my face.- no pain, no pulled muscles, nothing. Now? Ha…ha…ha. That’s funny.
Another thing I have a very clear recollection of is coming home from school when I was young, and eating snacks to tide me over before dinner. Because I was hungry all the time back then. I also had the metabolism of the Road Runner. Now? Well, I don’t have the metabolism of the Road Runner, and if I were to do as much snacking now as I did then, my appetite for dinner would be spoiled entirely. My jeans would also probably be a lot bigger. So I don’t do it.
One of the things I loved to snack on the most were the Keebler Rainbow M and M Chocolate Chip Cookies. Please don’t ask me how many of those I used to be able to put away, then STILL be hungry for dinner.
Because I won’t tell you. Because I still have my pride.
The takeaway from this should just be, I love cookies with M and Ms in them.
I wanted to do something nice for a family that helped me and my sisters out when our mom was in the hospital recently. They love Peanut M and Ms. And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love peanut butter- unless you have a nut allergy, you must lead a pretty bleak existence. Food and cooking is the best way I can think of to say thanks or show my appreciation to someone, so I made a batch of these to surprise them with. Now, to be perfectly honest, I did keep back one or two for myself. I just couldn’t help it. And neither could you, if you could taste these right now.
The texture of the cookie itself is soft, soft SOFT, because I baked these for the minimum of 11 minutes. I don’t believe in crunchy PB cookies. And neither should you. They’re literally bursting with peanut M and Ms, and to boot, they’re LITERALLY the size of my palm.
C’mon, what’s not to like about that?
Adapted from Crazy for Crust’s XL Bakery Style Peanut Butter Cookies..
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- ¾ cup packed brown sugar
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon milk
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups flour
- 1½ cups of Peanut Butter M and Ms
- Cream butter, peanut butter, and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, about 2-3 minutes.
- Add egg, vanilla, milk, baking soda, and salt and mix until combined.
- Slowly add flour and mix until dough just comes together.
- Stir in Peanut Butter M and Ms.
- Chill your dough for at least 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment or a silpat baking mat.
- Scoop ¼ cupfuls of chilled dough and place on the prepared cookies sheets. The dough will be hard to scoop, so use your muscles.
- Flatten the cookies slightly with the palm of your hand, they won’t spread much on their own. Bake 11-14 minutes (I did the minimum 11 for the softest cookies) until the bottoms start to brown.
- Cool about 5 minutes and then remove from cookie sheets
Thank you, Jess! What an awesome recipe, it’s one that I know Mike will definitely love! I’ll be making these very soon!
In the meantime, if you are a blogger, and are interested in doing a guest post for Just Another Cookie Monday…. contact me, and we’ll set up a date! Otherwise, you can be sure that I’ll be contacting you very soon!