Friday, July 6, 2012

Giant M&M Cookies

There are certain grocery stores that just "get" cookies. When I lived in Washington, we had Safeway. Here, we have Harris Teeter.  The best grocery store cookies are made in-house and are sold in clear, plastic clamshells. They are about the size of your face, deliciously under-baked, and full of chocolate chunks (or M&M candies.) I am sorry to say that I like them more than most homemade cookies.


Liked. I liked them more than most homemade cookies.

Most cookie recipes are just three tweaks away from becoming dense, grocery store-esque cookies. Make the changes, make these cookies happen.

1. Use melted butter instead of room temperature butter.

2. To make each cookie, shape a generous portion of dough into a ball, tear it in half and stack one on top of the other... the added height will yield dense cookies with soft centers.



 3. Do not over-bake your cookies... they will look under-done in the middle and just brown around the edges. That is what you want.


These are the best cookies to come out of my kitchen. This is truth.



Giant M&M Cookies
from howsweeteats.com; makes 15 large cookies
stuff:
2 c + 2 Tablespoons AP flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (12 Tablespoons)
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt*
1 egg + 1 yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 c M&M candies
*if using salted butter, omit salt

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Oven to 325 degrees
1. Melt butter in a small saucepan; allow to cool
2. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugars until combined
3. Add eggs and vanilla
4. Sift together flour, salt, and baking soda
5. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mixing until just combined
6. Fold in M&M candies
7. Using your hands, roll 1/4 c dough into a ball; tear the dough in half and stack one on top of the other on a prepared baking sheet (make sure the ragged, torn sides face up)
8. Repeat with remaining dough (give a generous amount of space in between cookies- they are big and require 2" on all sides to spread)
9. Bake for 12-16 minutes until edges are just brown and the middle looks gooey (do not over bake)

2 comments:

  1. One can never learn all of the cookie tricks & secrets out there. Thanks for sharing yours.

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    1. thanks for reading and I agree... always learning new things and eating better cookies!

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