Super Bowl Cookies
Everyone loves these at Super Bowl parties. A couple years ago I brought them to the Orlando Brewing Company's party and two enormous platters were completely finished. You can buy the colored M&M's at http://shop.mms.com or at M&M's World in Orlando, Las Vegas or New York. I make two batches, one for each team's colors. These could be considered "good" treats for people avoiding bad carbs since they have oatmeal instead of white flour, but "healthy" may be a stretch!
- Ready In:
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 1⁄2 cup butter, softened in microwave
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
- 1 1⁄2 cups peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 cups oatmeal
- 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips
- 6 ounces M&M's plain chocolate candy, in team colors
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor or mixer, except for chocolate chips and M&M's which could get crushed; stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
- Drop by tablespoons on an ungreased cookie sheet (I use a scoop which makes it so easy); then press 4-6 M&M's on the top of each cookie.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until just starting to turn brown; cool for 5-10 minutes before removing from cookie sheet to avoid breakage.
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This is a good solid drop cookie recipe if you are looking for the peanut butter chocolate taste. The oatmeal gives these cookies some real heft. They are really not a special occasion or party cookie per se, except for choosing to use m&ms that are your team's colors.<br/>Be forewarned that you really do need a good mixer for the batter: it gets really heavy and thick. My hand mixer strained under the load. I followed the recipe exactly except that I mixed the M&Ms into the batter instead of placing them on top. To be honest, when we made them I was just OK with them. But then they sat overnight and the flavor really came out. Nice to have something that you can do ahead. I am saving this recipe with a note to make them a day or two ahead.
It was a lot of fun making these for my daughter's horseback riding group. I used a bag of M&Ms in Valentine's Day colors, and put I a pink, red, white, and purple candy on the top of each cookie. The girls really liked that and thought it was festive. And I liked the fact that this cookie recipe used oatmeal (in place of flour). But the kids thought the peanut butter was too overpowering, and I agree. Next time, I think I'll reduce the peanut butter to perhaps 1 cup and see if that works better for us. But it was a lot of fun making these cookies. This is a recipe I will remember for almost any party celebration or special occasion, because they can easily be customized for almost any occasion.