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Sweet & Salty Snack Mix Cookies

by on May 14, 2012 · 13 comments

I never latched on to the new Pretzel M&Ms…..something about the pretzels displacing the chocolate bothered me, even though I very much like pretzels with chocolate. But now there’s this.

M&Ms Sweet & Salty Snack Mix

The M&Ms people (or maybe this is all Ms. Green’s doing since she’s featured so prominently on the bag)  have mixed their candy with almonds, pretzels and raisins…or in some cases, almonds, pretzels and tiny shortbread cookies, in sweet & salty snack mix.

So long story short,  I bought a bag and convinced Fuzz to put a big handful  in her favorite cookie recipe.  The dough part of the recipe is from the Williams Sonoma Kids’ Cookbook.  It’s become one of our most-used chocolate chip recipes, despite the fact we were suspicious about the higher than usual amount of baking powder.  But it works. The cookies bake up with ridges and folds, have chewy centers, and very crispy edges.  As for the flavor, I used Rumform brand baking powder, which hass less of a metallic, bitter flavor than some others, so you don’t taste it quite as much. 

Fuzz’s Candy Mix Up Cookies
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Cookie recipe using M&Ms new mix of pretzels, almonds and candy.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 36
  • 1 cup (4.5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon non-aluminum type baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup dark brown or light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (or more!) M&Ms mix-ups
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick foil.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  3. In a mixing bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter, shortening and sugar until creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until mixed. By hand or using lowest speed of an electric mixer, stir in the flour mixture.
  4. Stir in the chocolate chips and the M&Ms.
  5. Drop the dough by heaping teaspoons or level tablespoons and bake for 9-12 minutes (go by appearance) or until the cookies appear set. Let cool on sheets for about 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
The pretzels in the M&M mix are small, but we still broke them up a little bit before using. Also, when we opened the bag we noticed the mix was in layers, with the pretzels on top. You might want to mix it up a bit before measuring out your big handful or 1/2 cup.


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Published on May 14, 2012

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Sue May 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

I like the idea of that mix, but I like your idea of putting it in cookies even better! Sort of like making your own everthing but the kitchen sink cookies without having to scavenge for all the individual add ins.

Barbara @ Barbara Bakes May 14, 2012 at 11:56 am

What a fun way to change up a chocolate chip cookie. I’m going to have to pick up some Rumform baking powder.

Louise May 14, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Your idea made me think of your Frito Candy. The product bag makes it look like the blue M&Ms are featured. Yuck — I cut way back on M&Ms when blue were added, but maybe they’ll have special holiday bags of salty and sweet snack mix. :-)

Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats May 14, 2012 at 5:19 pm

I haven’t seen this mix yet!! And my waistline hopes I don’t!! :)

Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies May 14, 2012 at 5:36 pm

My husband thinks I’m nuts, but I ADORE the salty/sweet combination! I’ve never seen this mix in the store, probably because I try to avoid the candy aisle for the sake of my waistline. I would have a hard time keeping these long enough to put them into cookie dough! They look fantastic!

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust May 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Holy cow. I wish I never knew that snack mix existed! Love these cookies!

Emily May 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

This sounds amazing! I love that the mix has tiny shortbread cookies. That’s fun.

Katrina May 15, 2012 at 12:02 am

I have seen those and been tempted more than once, but haven’t gotten them yet. And you KNOW I’d put them in cookies! These look great!

Kim Bouchard May 15, 2012 at 9:30 am

I saw them at the store and really wanted to try them. However, once I try something and love it, will not stop eating it! :)

Sheila In MD May 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

These look fun! I recently had some Costco trail mix left (m&m’s, cashews, almonds, raisins…) and put it in oatmeal cookies and LOVED them! Need to try these!

Lindsey May 17, 2012 at 4:49 am

I just saw that mix in the store, and have been wanting to try it! Seems like a perfect add-in for good chocolate chip cookies! I love sweet/salty!

Shelly May 19, 2012 at 4:03 am

Such a things exists?! Oh my. It’s now on the top of my list to buy when we return to the states this summer. I’m sensing this snack could become a problem.

melissa@the hungry artist May 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Oh my gosh, that mix looks evil — as in “I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from eating handful after handful” evil. I haven’t seen it around here yet! Cookies look and sound amazing!

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