Monday, December 24, 2012
Peppermint White Chocolate MandM Cookies (Merry Christmas!)
This year, I'm spending Christmas with the Monkey Scientist's family. His mom is an expert baker and I wanted to help contribute to the endless flow of Christmas cookies she's producing. I picked up a couple bags of these MandMs at Target (uhh they were white chocolate and peppermint, of course I bought 2 bags) a few weeks ago but I'd been fighting not to eat them so I could make cookies! (I knew if I opened the bag without a plan, I'd eat it all in a day or two. I lack self-restraint.)
I whipped these up yesterday so that I wouldn't be contributing to the chaos once the Christmas cooking really begins. We have them in an airtight container (along with his mom's famous sugar cookies) and I think they might last through tomorrow! There is never a lack of good food around here - especially baked goods. I was glad I could contribute a little something.
This is my first year not heading up north in New Hampshire to ski over Christmas, I think in my whole life. Things were just a little too crazy for me to travel over the holidays. Luckily, the Monkey Scientist and I will get a good weekend of skiing in just after the New Year. It doesn't sound like the skiing I'm missing has been very bad lately, anyways! I'm certainly missing my family, but looking forward to seeing most of them in a few weeks. I'm also lucky the Monkey Scientist's family takes me in as one of their own! It's my first Christmas with a tree, rather than a pile of presents at the bottom of the stairs or under the fireplace.
These cookies are super sweet and minty - just how I like them! They would be perfect to leave for Santa under the tree as well. They came out a little bit puffy for me, which I tried to fix with my rapping against the oven door trick, but I think you could also reduce the flour a bit. I also left out the candy canes because the Monkey Scientist thinks they stick in his teeth too much. Regardless, they taste wonderful!
Have a happy holiday!
White Chocolate Peppermint MandM Cookies
slightly adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod
2 1/2-3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup White Chocolate Peppermint MandM's
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl.
3. In the bowl of the standing mixer, cream the butter and sugars until blended. Add the egg and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients, mixing on low until fully incorporated. Mix in the white chocolate chips and MandM's.
5. On a baking sheet (I lined mine with a Silpat) drop the cookies in tablespoon-sized balls about 2 inches apart. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove from the oven. Bang the pan against the open oven door or your stove-top to flatten the cookies. Bake for an additional 5-7 minutes or until the cookies are browning around the edges (but still soft in the middle).
6. Remove from the oven and let rest on the cookies sheet for 2 minutes, then move to a cooling rack to cool completely.