I wanted to make a care package for B as he takes his National Boards Exam for podiatry tomorrow. He definitely likes snacking while studying, so baked goods are always a welcome gift.
B: I’m not a stress eater! I’m a … study eater!
Deciding what recipe to make is always the hardest part, so I turn to another 6 ft plus eating machine for advice – my brother.
Chef Uy: Help! I can’t decide – should I bake peanut butter cookies or M&M cookies?
Hans: Let me solve all your problems… you should make peanut butter M&M cookies. You’re welcome.
These cookies (adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction) are thick, soft, and somewhat crumbly. It’s got plenty peanut butter flavor already, but for me, you can’t ever have enough peanut butter in a peanut butter cookie.
The most important part, however, are the M&M’s. M&M cookies must be studded with M&M’s (which I failed to do). B and I often make “long term bets” which last years, so we write our terms on a piece of paper and keep it in a shoebox. One of our bets is whether B can ever get a 6 pack. Apparently, you have to walk one football length to burn off one M&M.
Chef Uy: Um, I didn’t add enough M&M’s so you’re going to have to supplement them as you eat your cookies.
B: I only heard “You must to go to Walmart and buy a huge bag of M&M’s right now.” Good idea!
M&M Peanut Butter Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter
2 large eggs
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups M&Ms, plus additional for topping