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.
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 has less of a metallic, bitter flavor than some others, so you don't taste it quite as much.
Fuzz’s Candy Mix Up Cookies
- 1 cup 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon non-aluminum type baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 4 tablespoons shortening
- ½ cup dark brown or light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- ½ cup or more! M&Ms mix-ups
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with nonstick foil.
- Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
- 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.
- Stir in the chocolate chips and the M&Ms.
- 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.