Monday, January 13, 2014

It's all E.T.'s fault...

It's all E.T.'s fault that we haven't been eating these Peanut Butter M&M cookies for years.

the puffiest, fluffiest peanut butter M&M cookies!
E.T. came out when I was almost 13...a prime candy-eating age.  In case you've forgotten, Reese's Pieces were heavily featured in the movie.  Of course, like the rest of America, I had to have them. 

I loved Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, but the Pieces, not so much.

the puffiest, fluffiest peanut butter M&M cookies!
So, when Peanut Butter M&M's came on the scene, I passed them right over.  I just knew I wouldn't like them.

the puffiest, fluffiest peanut butter M&M cookies!
Then, I tried them about two years ago, and WOW...they are now a staple in my (balanced *ahem*) diet. 

the puffiest, fluffiest peanut butter M&M cookies!
Guys, these are the puffiest, fluffiest, YUMMIEST peanut butter cookies you'll ever eat.  As in, make them ASAP.  As in, you won't care if your jeans feel a little tighter after eating them. As in, DO IT.

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Puffy, Fluffy Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

{makes 22 cookies}

2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
1 & 1/2 cups dark brown sugar
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (not all-natural)
1 egg
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon corn syrup
1 (11 ounce) bag peanut butter M&Ms, divided

Preheat oven to 325.  Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, and baking soda.  Set aside.

With an electric mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the peanut butter until combined.

Add the egg, vanilla, and corn syrup, beating until mixed well, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl as needed.

In two additions, beat in the flour mixture on low speed.  Mix just until combined.  Reserve 1/4 cup M&Ms, folding the remainder into the batter.
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Scoop the dough onto the prepared sheets using a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop.  Press 1 or 2 of the reserved M&Ms onto the top of each cookie.

Bake for 11 minutes.  (The cookies will not spread.)  Cool on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
the puffiest, fluffiest peanut butter M&M cookies!

Am I alone in my thoughts about Reese's Pieces?  Should I give them another chance?  It has been about 30 years since I last tried them. ;)





45 comments:

  1. These look soooo good!! Gotta try em' soon!

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  2. I'm not just flattering you when I say that I am making these today. Like stopping everything and making them right now. I LOVE peanut butter cookies, but looooathe the crunchy ones. ;) And I'm with you on the Reese's Pieces, except every few years when I'm in the theater and I buy a box, feel "meh" about them, but eat the whole thing anyway. Now you know. :)

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  3. I am with you - love peanut butter M&Ms, can't stand Reese's Pieces. I think it's the PB they use.

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  4. I can't believe you have only know that awesomeness that is M&M's for 2 years now!!! These cookies look super BTW. :)

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    1. Not ALL M&Ms....just the peanut butter ones, haha! ;)

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  5. These cookies are absolutely going to haunt me all day. Talk about cookie perfection!!!!

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  6. The cookie base itself looks amazing, so I'm definitely going to have to try that.

    And agree with both your stance on Reese's Pieces and peanut butter M&Ms. The Pieces are just too sweet, and you can't taste the peanut butter after a few of them. The peanut butter M&Ms got it right with their less sweetened pb.

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  7. Agreed that peanut butter m&m's are way better than reese's. I'm going to save this as a birthday treat though as I've started my new year's diet. Looks so good though!

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  8. I love reese's pieces AND PB M&Ms. But, they are in no way comparable. If you are looking for that pb flavor the m&ms are the way to go. The pieces are just very sweet with maybe a hint of pb. I'd give them another try, but probably wouldn't have high hopes.

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  9. haha PB M&Ms are a staple in my diet too!! Love these!

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  10. The only way I've ever enjoyed Reese's Pieces is in a Blizzard. I think the coldness of the ice cream deadens my taste buds to the sweetness of the pb. I tried them once on their own and I agree.... Not a go-to candy for me at all. I'll definitely have to give the M&M a try. And these cookies do look yummy. May need to make these too. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Okay, these are next on my "must bake" list. I like Reese's Pieces AND pb M&M's. Very different, so I guess it just depends on my mood! To me, just no such thing as "bad" peanut butter flavor, just some better than others!!!

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  12. These look great. WIll be making them soon! I totally agree about the Reese's Pieces...just not that good! And you're right, it's weird because I could eat a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup any time of day. (right along with peanut butter m&m's too.) Thanks for another great recipe!

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  13. I haven't seen E.T. for years! I think puffy, fluffy cookies the best!

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  14. Hey, PB candies have protein, riiiiiight??

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  15. Bridget, Peanut Butter M&M's are my fav. Jack probably knows that. A birthday gift from my students was always a six pack of Tab and a bag of PB M&M's!! Can't wait to make these. It will be this week :)

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  16. These are insane!!! I love how thick they are!

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  17. oh yum! My maiden name was Emily Turner so ET has a special place in my heart!

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  18. Those sound delicious, Bridget. I do remember that ET thing and I never liked those either. I have never tried the M&M ones....guess I will now---or maybe I shouldn't!!!! xo Diana

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  19. These look delicious and I do love all the colors!! Also, I have never seen ET. I know, I know. I need to see it already!

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  20. These cookies look like a gigantic POOF of cookie dough with peanut butter M&M's!
    I'm loving these with a big glass of cold milk.
    Pure COMFORT!
    Let me know if you find any CUTE jeans with elastic in the waist!
    xoxoxoxxo

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  21. I watched the VHS of ET so many times that the tape warped and it's no longer watchable! hehe Thank goodness for the BluRay copy I own now so my 2 kids can enjoy it! I think I'm going to whip up a batch of these cookies today... I love that you don't have to chill them before baking. Can't wait to eat them!

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  22. Don't go back. I love all things peanut butter but the pieces didn't (and still don't) do a thing for me. However, the peanut butter m&m's are totally divine. Never thought about putting them into a cookie. Gotta try immediately.

    Dianne
    PS: Love your blog and your cookies!!! :)

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  23. I made these cookies last night and they are every bit as good to eat as they are to look at! I have a peanut butter obsession and I gotta say this was the perfect fix! Thanks for the recipe. Hugs! Miss Tracy

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  24. I love PB M&M's but don't care for the Reese's Pieces at all. These cookies look great, but I am thinking I need to buy two bags of the M&M's so I can have a bag for munching on after making the cookies:)

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  25. I will eat Reese's Pieces in a baked good, but never alone! Try them in cookies, you'll love them :)

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  26. I MUST try this recipe, they look amazing, so perfectly "scoop shaped". I sit somewhere on middle ground with Reese's Pieces. And PB M&M's. I think they're both good. But Sixlets? They're all mine. No sharing! (I wonder how I'm able to leave comments now?? Yay!)

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  27. Great photos!!! They look so perfect :)
    www.prettybitchescancooktoo.com

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  28. These look like the best of both worlds...cookie dough/baked cookies! I'm afraid to try them, haha!

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  29. I am a peanut butter M&M lover as well, how can you resist? I find it interesting that you don't love Reese's Pieces on the other hand! These cookies do look like the fluffiest softest most delicious cookies! I can't wait to try them!

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  30. I'd have to admit, that I will take the chance to eat anything with chocolate on it - even bacon, yes I've tried it. This is why the reese's pieces actually DO appeal to me; however, after a handful or 5, I usually get sick of them ;) Thanks so much for the recipe - I can't wait to try it out!

    Hannah @ sassypantscookies@blogspot.com

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  31. Do plan to try these, mix dark chocolate and pb m&ms... Did you know that when they were making E.T., they asked to use M&Ms, but the company said no, so Reeses created peanut butter Reeses pieces? Thought that was interesting... Cookies, here i come!

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  32. I made these last night at 8pm. As of this morning, they are all gone. Granted, we made a half batch, but still slightly embarrassing for a household of two, haha! Thanks Bridget!

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  33. These just make me all warm & happy & hungry inside. :)

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  34. Oh my goodness, I MUST have these in my LIFE. Thank you...or should I say no thank you for doing this to me? :)

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  35. This has to be the best baking blog I have come across! Can't wait to try these, I just made some banana bread over on my blog :)

    Mon Petit Billet

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  36. I just saw these on Pinterest and since I have an excess of peanut butter and M&Ms (just plain not the PB kind) left over from Christmas I knew I had to make these. Oh. My. God. I love peanut butter, but have never been a big fan of the texture of a traditional peanut butter cookie. Yours are absolutely unbelievable! They're by far the best tasting peanut butter cookie I've had.... like peanut butter pillows that just melt in your mouth. This is going to be the only peanut butter cookie recipe I use from this day forward. My family and I thank you so much!

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  37. These are delicious. I had to substitute with gluten free flour and still so yummy!
    Courtney

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  38. Peanut butter M&ms are MUCH better than Reese's pieces! Just the $0.02 from our house to yours. :-)

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  39. Really excellent! I tried the recipe with Trader Joe's natural peanut butter and they still came out delicious. The dough was slightly dry and crumbly but I made two pans without an issue and for the last remaining few I added a tablespoon or two of canola oil to hold the remaining dough together. I also subbed in leftover reeses pieces from halloween and chocolate chips. Super delicious.

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