Saturday, November 22, 2014

Cookie Season - Oatmeal M&M Butterscotch Cookies

It is always cookie season around here.

Everybody in my house loves a good cookie.  I imagine that is true for most households.  I like to give away treats of cookies and candies to my co-workers, friends, and neighbors this time of year.  I am going to do my best to get a post to you every week in case you want to share in  gift giving.

I came up with these cookies on whim one day that my son was home with me.  He loves to help out in the kitchen and I knew he would enjoy the colorful mini M&M's.  Well I loved these cookies just as much as he did and so did everybody we shared them with.    I highly recommend these.  They are chery, crunchy, sweet, and salty. 

Also, I have a tip for you when it comes to holiday cookie making.  Baked your desired amount of cookies.  I typically bake one dozen.  Scoop all the remaining cookie dough into round balls and lay them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.    Put the parchment lined sheet with the cookie dough balls into the freezer for 20 minutes.  After 20 minutes (it is okay if it is longer, I have accidentally left them over night), put the cookie dough balls in a plastic freezer bag.  They will store for months if needed.  When you want to bake for Company, your family, or to give away, just set them on your cookie sheet frozen and let thaw slightly for 15-20 minutes.   Bake as suggested in the recipe.  It may need an extra minute or two.

Oatmeal M&M Butterscotch Cookies
recipe by Baked Perfection

makes approximately 4-5 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or grated peel of 1 orange
3 cups quick or old-fashioned oats
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup miniature M&M candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Combine, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large bowl. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in oats, butterscotch chips, and M&M's. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 1 - 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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