Thursday, January 28, 2010

I like M&Ms in my cookies

Especially in my oatmeal cookies.

They make me feel happy.

True story: one time, when my friend Jenny and I were like, 8, we made oatmeal cookies and I somehow managed to mix up sugar and salt. And then we gave them to my uncle. And he ate them.

The end.

PS: I noticed there are a lot of blue M&Ms too.

Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

adapted from
makes about 3 dozen cookies

• 1 cup all-purpose flour
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 2 cups rolled (old-fashioned) oats
• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
• 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1/2 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1 large egg
• 1/4 cup maple syrup
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup M&Ms

Set 2 racks in the middle and upper thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, oats, and pecans together with a whisk or fork.

In a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together for 30 seconds until blended. Beat in the egg until smooth and barely fluffy. With mixer running on medium high, drizzle in the maple syrup, and vanilla until incorporated. Turn the mixer down to its lowest setting and gradually add the flour-oatmeal mixture. Blend just to combine, then mix in the M&Ms.

Drop walnut-sized balls of dough onto a nonstick or parchment-lined cookie sheet at 3-inch intervals. With moistened fingers, flatten and round out the cookies a little. Bake for 9 minutes, turning the pan once for even baking. The cookies are done when they are lightly browned on top. (They will still look slightly gooey.) Set the cookie sheets on a rack to cool.


Matt said...

are you sure you "mixed up" the sugar and salt or did you just already know at 8 that you were in love with salt?

Andrea said...

Or maybe it was the beginning of my love for salt?

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