It’s week 4 of the 12 Weeks of Christmas and today I am bringing you my all time favorite flavor combination: peanut butter and chocolate. Is there anything better? These are definitely not the typical crisscrossed peanut butter cookies but still have a very distinct peanut butter taste. They are soft, fluffy and pretty much perfect.
Noah doesn’t get sweets too often but when we went into the kitchen to get a drink and he spied the cookies on the cooling rack he went crazy. I just couldn’t say no so he enjoyed feeding himself one and making a crumbly mess. Later, he walked into the kitchen but I waited around the corner to see if he was going to come back. He was awfully quiet which usually means he is up to no good so I headed to the kitchen to investigate. And what do I see? He has a cookie in his hand with two bites out of it. Apparently, he is now tall enough to reach things off the countertop. Now I am in real trouble.
Can you believe there’s only 2 months until Christmas. I feel the need to start shopping…NOW. I’m a little obsessive. I’m a planner. I’m a list and to-do maker. I like to get things done early so they can be checked off my list. I like to get my shopping done by December 1st if at all possible. I already feel behind and it’s not even Halloween. Crazy much? But instead of stressing, I think I will eat one of these cookies and watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (ssshhhh….I didn’t just admit that).
Non-Traditional Peanut Butter M&M Cookies
3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco
1 1/4 brown sugar
1 large egg
3 Tbsp. half and half or milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 – 1 cup mini Christmas M&M’s
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream peanut butter, shortening and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg; mix well. Stir in milk and vanilla.
2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Stir in M&M’s.
3. Bake for 7-9 minutes. Let sit on the cookie sheet for about 5 minutes then remove to a cooling rack. Note: Don’t put it too close to the edge of the counter or a little cookie monster may help himself.