Peanut Sitting Pretties

READY IN: 1hr 14mins
Recipe by Jane from Ohio

These cookies look so lovely on my cookie tray. For Christmas I use the green and red M&M Peanut candy and for Easter I use the pastel M&M peanut candy. You can use any color for that matter.

Top Review by jennyb5149

This recipe has been a Chrismtas tradition since I've been a little girl when I'd make these cookies with my mom using a butter stained recipe cut out from a woman's magazine. The tattered old magazine cutout has long ago since disappeared and I'm so glad to find it again here on Recipezaar. The combination of a yummy butter cookie, cream cheese frosting and peanut M&M can't be beat! These are great cookies to make with kids...they love to help roll the unbaked cookies in nuts, spread a little frosting or top the finished cookie with a M&M.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups butter
  • 34 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 12 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 34 teaspoon salt
  • finely chopped nuts
  • 1 (8 ounce) can vanilla frosting (I use the creme cheese frosting) or 1 (8 ounce) can cream cheese frosting (I use the creme cheese frosting)
  • M&M's peanut chocolate candy


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Blend butter and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Stir in egg yolk and vanilla.
  4. Sift flour and salt into bowl; mix well.
  5. Chill 1 hour.
  6. Roll into 1-inch balls.
  7. Dip into slightly beaten egg whites.
  8. Roll in chopped nuts.
  9. Place 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.
  10. Bake at 350°F for 7 minutes.
  11. Press thumb into center of each.
  12. Bake 5 to 7 minutes longer or until done.
  13. Cool.
  14. Fill with frosting and top with M&M candies.

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