The sweet/salty combo has always been a hit with me. Recently I ran across I recipe that I could not resist. It was perfect. Cookies are always a hit with the kids. They are more than willing to be Mommy's guinea pigs in trying a new recipe or three. If you make this recipe, you may not be not be able to stop at just one cookie. (Don't say I did not give you a fair and ample warning!) As the author says, the browned butter puts these cookies over the top good.
Brown Butter Pretzel M&M Cookies
adapted from: http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/03/05/brown-butter-pretzel-mm-cookies/
3/4 cup unsalted butter (I used salted, so I omitted the additional salt)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 t vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
2 t cornstarch
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt (omitted)
3/4 cup pretzel pieces, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup M&Ms (not peanut-filled kind)
Place butter in a saucepan on medium-low heat. Melt. Whisk. Watch. Butter will bubble, foam and begin to get brown specks (YEAH!). It will begin to smell nutty. Remove from heat. Pour in a bowl. Chill thoroughly (2hours). Remove from fridge 15minutes prior to continue baking .(for it to soften slightly).
In a large mixing bowl add butter; beat until very smooth. Add sugars. Cream until light agnd fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Slowly add flour, cornstarch, soda and salt (if using). Fold in pretzels and M&Ms. Dough will be very thick and stick. Chill 1-2hours, covered.
Preheat oven to 350. Grease/line baking sheets. Roll into balls. Bake 8-9minutes until just slightly golden. Cool 3minutes on sheets before moving to rack.