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 go...one cookie idea that is a sure thing.


NUTCRACKER COOKIES
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 dough...like we did!
Recipe Source: from melskitchencafe.com

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:)
MIX...BAKE...ENJOY !

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

5 comments:

  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!
    -april

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  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.

    Blessings!

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  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

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  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!

    ~Trisha

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  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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