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Perfect for the Super Bowl: Browned Butter M&M Cookies

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Oh boy, are these good.

This week, I thought I’d share this recipe from The Pioneer Woman. These fun, colorful cookies are perfect for kids and adults, and they’d make a great Super Bowl snack. Browned butter adds a fantastic nutty flavor to anything you put it in, and it takes classic M&M cookies to new heights.

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To start, we’ve got to brown the butter! Start melting the butter in a saucepan…DSC_0008

It will bubble after a few minutes, so keep an eye on it! You can use a spatula (or a gentle swirling motion) to keep it moving.DSC_0009Once the butter is a medium golden color, pour it into a heatproof bowl. It’ll continue to brown in the pan until you get this glorious, dark, yummy stuff!

DSC_0043While the browned butter cools, grab the bowl of a stand mixer (or just a large bowl) and cream together some more butter, white sugar and brown sugar–the good stuff.

DSC_0047Next, crack in two eggs and add a splash of vanilla (or more than a splash, if you’re like me).

(I halved this recipe, which is why there is only one egg)

DSC_0050Mix this together, then drizzle in the cooled brown butter with the mixer on medium-low.

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Time for the dry ingredients! In a separate bowl, whisk together some flour, instant coffee (which will NOT make these cookies taste like coffee, I promise), salt and baking soda.

DSC_0055Gradually add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients, scraping down the bowl as needed.

DSC_0060Here comes the best part: M&M’s and chocolate chips!

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*Sigh*

DSC_0064Stir ’em into the batter.

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Now, just scoop by the rounded tablespoon onto parchment-lined baking sheets. I topped mine with a few extra M&M’s just to be sure each cookie was nice and colorful. Refrigerate for 10 minutes (if you have the time), then pop them into a 375 F oven for 7-8 minutes.

DSC_0089Or until they look like this!

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Yum yum yum.

Give this recipe a try, my friends.

Here’s a shorter version for you:

Browned Butter M&M Cookies

from crumbsandnibbles.com, originally from thepioneerwoman.com

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

2 sticks salted butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 cups plus 2 rounded tablespoons flour

2 heaping teaspoons instant coffee granules

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup M&M’s (plus extra if you want to put more on top of each cookie)

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Melt 1 stick of butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Let it bubble for a few minutes, swirling the pan or using a spatula to keep the butter moving a bit. When the butter is medium golden brown in color, turn off the heat and pour the butter into a heatproof bowl. Allow to cool completely.

2. While the browned butter cools, cream the other stick of butter and the two sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer (or a large bowl if you’re using a hand mixer). Beat in the eggs and vanilla.

3. In a separate large bowl, combine the flour, coffee granules, baking soda and salt. Gradually add this in to the wet ingredients, scraping down the bowl as needed.

4. Stir in the M&M’s and chocolate chips, then scoop by the rounded tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheets. Chill for 10 minutes (optional–it’s fine if you don’t have the time).

5. Bake for 7-8 minutes, until golden.

Happy Super Bowling, and happy nibbling!

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