Monday, November 21, 2011

Nutcracker Cookies....

what are NUTCRACKER cookies?
our latest favorite...or one of our latest favorite cookies.
or maybe it's the cookie dough we love.
either way...they are YUM-MY!
okay...y'all know i have a real life SUGARPLUM FAIRY living in the house...
so as if the Nutcracker wasn't a big deal before...
now it's HUGE!
so when Ms. J made cookies last night...
double chocolate m and m cookies...
with red and green m and m's...
i decided to name them nutcracker cookies.
they are just so simple...
and SO GOOD...
and look really good all packaged up.
there you cookie idea that is a sure thing.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into eight pieces
3/4 cup M&M’s
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, place the chopped chocolate and the butter. Microwave for one minute at 50% power. Stir. Microwave again for one minute at 50% power and stir well. If the chocolate is not fully melted, continue microwaving in 30 second intervals at 50% power until the chocolate and butter are well combined (don't overheat the chocolate or it can turn hard and unusable). Let the mixture cool slightly, about 2-3 minutes until it is at room temperature or just slightly warm (but not hot).
In a large bowl, combine the chocolate mixture, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on medium speed until combined. Gradually mix in flour mixture on low speed. Fold in M&M’s.
Grease baking sheets with cooking spray. Drop dough onto baking sheets by tablespoonfuls (or use a cookie scoop) spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. If desired, place five or six M&M's on top of the cookie dough balls (even perched slightly on the rounded sides). Bake the cookies until they have slightly flattened and there are a few cracks on the surface, about 13-14 minutes.
The cookies will still be soft. Let the cookies sit for 2-3 minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to a wire rack to cool completely.makes  2-3 dozen...
unless you eat half the we did!
Recipe Source: from

okay, i know these are no big deal...
but my point is, we tweaked a recipe we like, changed the name...
and VOILA!
a new HOLIDAY cookie:)

(tomorrow my sugarplum fairy is getting her wisdom teeth pulled.
HELLO ice cream!!!!!:)


  1. Oh my... this looks good! I am saving this recipe for the weekend! I've been looking for a good cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hi Suzanne!Loveeeeee the blog banner to cute.The cookies look delish.Im jotting them down.Good luck to your daughter tommorrow.Lots of ice cream needed indeed.


  3. Suzanne those look awesome and I love how cute they are on the polka dot plate! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs, Linda

  4. Those do look delicious and so festive! Your daughter is the 3rd person I have heard of getting their wisdom teeth out this week! Good luck to you both and Happy Thanksgiving!


  5. Oh those look good. Miss a good ole cookie that has flour in it.
    Good luck to your daughter tomorrow. Guess you will be having a quiet Thanksgiving but Happy Thanksgiving.


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