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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Almond M & M Cookies

Short post today. Tis a busy time in my life! This recipe was inspired by a craving for M and M's. I basically went off of random knowledge for the cookie recipe but I was determined to add extra crunch to these cookies and make them more unique than your average M and M cookie. So, I added some crushed almonds and added a smidge of almond extract to bring out the flavor. I was very happy with the results. These cookies puffed up beautifully and never fell flat. The addition of almond was divine! You can easily omit the almonds and just use regular vanilla for a great M and M cookie. Enjoy!
Almond M and M Cookies
from Me
Yield: Half batch, about 2 1/2 dozen
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (preferably organic; without added corn syrup)
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup M and M's
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed almonds, unsalted
  • coarse sea salt, for sprinkling, optional
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheet/s with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix butter, brown sugar, white sugar, and egg until combined. Add extract and mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir in flour, baking soda, and salt until just combined.
  4. Pour in M & M's and finely crushed almonds. Fold in M & M's and almonds until mixed throughout.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes, or until desired doneness. Cool on baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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