12.13.2012

White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

*Tap, tap, tap* Is this thing on? Ahem. I'm finally poking my head out after two insane weeks of student conferences, meetings, and grading. I spent about nine days or so buried under piles and piles of final portfolios. I didn't intend to go on a blogging hiatus, but the mountains o' portfolios won out and sapped all of my energy (I have a love/hate relationship with portfolio assessments - while I greatly enjoy reading my students' writing, I kind of hate reading mass quantities in a short amount of time).


 The good news is that I am now officially done with the semester and am SO ready to commence the holiday excitement! Woo-hoo! Yesterday, a few of my colleagues and I kicked off the season at Duke's with celebratory tater tots and Winterruption (sooo delicious) and later today Mario and I are riding the CTA holiday train (in the thirteen years I've been in Chicago, I've somehow never managed to catch it). I also dug into our remaining stash of White Chocolate Peppermint M&M cookies for breakfast this morning (all in the name of celebrating what my wonderful friend has deemed The Eating Season).

I came across the recipe for these cookies on Pinterest a few weeks ago and immediately knew that I had to to try them. Holy deliciousness!! I am in love with these cookies (and so is everyone else that tried them - I've already received several requests for more). After I made the first batch (following the original recipe from two peas & their pod), I did find that I had to make a few adjustments as the cookies weren't as soft as I wanted them to be, nor was there a good M&M to cookie ratio. A few small tweaks resulted in what is now my new favorite holiday cookie. If you are a peppermint lover, these cookies are a must-try!


White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen cookies
INGREDIENTS
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste (this is my favorite brand)
1 cup white chocolate chips (I used these)
1/2 cup crushed candy canes
1 bag White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's (found at Target)

DIRECTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.

2. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.

3. Using a mixer, first cream butter and sugars together until combined. Then add eggs & vanilla and beat until smooth. Finally, slowly mix in the dry ingredients.

4. Using a wide silicone spatula, stir in the white chocolate chips, candy canes, and M&M's (this can also be done by hand).

5. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack and cool completely.

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7 comments

  1. Wow. They look amazing! I am totally making some these weekend.

    Also, I'm jealous that you're already done grading. I still have about a week to go.

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  2. I need to find those M&Ms stat!! These cookies look great. Enjoy the holiday train.

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  3. Yay for surviving the semester! I don't know how all professors do it. I love peppermint, gonna have to try these cookies!

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  4. Lucky you having finished your marking already. No such luck here. ..but I'm going to be making these cookies anyway to keep me going!

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  5. now, these are my kinda cookies...lol.
    i love white chocolate...
    i love peppermint...
    and i love m&m's so much that i can eat them in my sleep...lol

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  6. @cakewhiz: I know! They are so dangerous for me because they contain everything that I love! I just made another batch this morning -- the entire house smells of peppermint. :-)

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