Friday, August 20, 2010

Chocolate Chunk Pretzel M&M Cookies.

To all you food-blogging girls who teasingly complain about the boyfriends, husbands, and fiances who pop into your kitchens, stealing spoonfuls of cookie dough, swiping frosting or making off with the brownies from a perfectly staged photo shot, who in general just get in your way, use all your good spoons, pester you for dinner, poke at your baking, add barbeque sauce to everything, and distract you with kisses...

I'm jealous. 

I'm in a long-distance relationship. I met my boyfriend in college and we've been together ever since April 2008.

Well, except for summer vacations. And Christmas vacations. And the last year and three months since I graduated. 

Sigh.

Most days, the three hundred and one miles between us seems invisible. I know there's something awesome in store for us in the future and that makes me feel closer to him and more tolerant of all these freeways between us.

For him, it's a little more simple than that: I bake cookies whenever I see him. These cookies.

Chocolate chip cookies with chunks of chocolate and scores of milk chocolate M&Ms.
At least, that was before I discovered my new love. Pretzel-covered M&Ms. Scandal!
The combination of salty, chocolate-covered pretzels mixed in to these cookies made them perfect. I may never go back.
And see those flecks of cinnamon? It makes the chocolate really pop, without adding a very cinnamony flavor. Just don't add too much or they'll taste like Christmas.
You can't tell, but this giant cookie is the size of my face.

At any rate, I made these for him. Because he's on his way here.

Right now.

To my house. 

I'm so excited I can't even breathe.
Chocolate Chunk Pretzel M&M Cookies

1 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla 
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups pretzel M&Ms
1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks or chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, optional

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Cream together the shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add to the shortening mixture and mix together well.

Stir in chocolate chunks and M&Ms, adding more of each if desired.

Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.

Source: Adapted from M&M's Recipes & Ideas.

12 comments:

  1. I'm obsessed with the Pretzel M&M's and these cookies look delicious! I'm so bookmarking them :o) Thanks for sharing!

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  2. That's such a sweet post! I'm glad you get to see him again=) I need to try those pretzel M&M's soon, and hopefully make cookies with them.

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  3. I know just how you feel! My husband and I dated for only 3 months, then long distance (NYC and FL) for 2 years and I used to miss him so much! But what a nice surprise for you BF, I love those new pretzel M&M's!

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  4. awwwwwwwwww... such a sweet post.
    i know how you feel. i'm in that kind of relationship too... and it's still like months before i will see him.
    anyhoo... i'll still be making these cookies tonight. thanks for the recipe. :D might bake this for him again in the months to come. yahoooo! <3

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  5. hello! :)
    i'm done making the cookies and they were wonderful. thanks for sharing.
    i posted to my blog about it. feel free to check it out when you have time. :D

    thanks again.

    http://blissfulnibbles.blogspot.com/2010/08/chocolate-chunk-nips-cookies.html

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  6. I'm glad you liked them! I can't imagine waiting months to see my boyfriend. You're definitely a stronger person than I am. Thanks for letting me know how the cookies turned out!

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  7. Oh I am? Thanks for thinking so but well... sometimes it gets really hard. Btw, I think Nips is our local version of M&M's here in the Philippines. :) They're way cheaper too. :D

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  8. Oh man this looks delicious! And your photographs are beautiful! Everything here looks great!
    I recently launched my own blog, I'd love for you to check it out and let me know what you think! :) Thanks!
    www.prettygoodfood.com

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  9. why do you use shortening instead of butter? Just wondered if it alters things technically...i tried to make these today(before I found your recipe)with a cup of butter and they were way too thin. Will try this tomorrow!!

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  10. Elizabeth: I use shortening for exactly that reason... cookies with butter generally tend to come out flatter & crispier. Shortening makes them thicker and a little cakier. Let me know how they turn out!

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  11. OK, so I just made these... but instead of pretzel m&ms (because there's no way they'd last long enough to go from store to home to cupboard to actually make cookies..) i used mini marshmallows.. and my goodness, they were delicious!!

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  12. Just made these and they are soooo good! I like that they are thick and soft to make a lot of room for the m&m's and chocolate chunks.
    Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for.

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