Sunday, June 9, 2013

New Twist On Sweet/Salty Combo

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:

3/4 cup unsalted butter (I used salted, so I omitted the additional salt)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
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.

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