It's amazing what you can add candy to. Practically anything. And that can only be a good thing, right? Do you remember the Red, White and Blue Peanut M&Ms I mentioned on the post about the Jubilee Royal Velvet Cake? Well, this is where they put in an appearance. OK. Where some of them put in an appearance.
OK, so this is not really a Jubilee recipe, but if you are looking for a quick and easy recipe for your Jubilee Party, that tastes great and has a touch of the ol' red, white and blue about it, then this is it. You can simply chuck everything together and bake and in a matter of 15 minutes you will have some pretty awesome tasting cookies.
Peanut and Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients (makes 16)
75g (3 oz) softened unsalted butter
75g (3oz) caster sugar
75g (3oz) soft light brown sugar
1 medium egg
1 tspn vanilla extract
175g (6oz) plain flour
1/2 tspn baking powder
100g (4oz) peanut M&Ms (I used the limited edition red, white and blue)
50g (2 oz) chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 160 Fan / 180 conventional / 350 F / Gas 4. Line a couple of baking trays with baking parchment.
Beat the butter and sugars together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Sift the flour and baking powder into the mixture and stir until smooth. Fold in the M&Ms and chocolate chips.
Scoop the mixture in little rounds onto the baking trays, leaving space for them to spread. I used an ice cream scoop to portion it out. Flatten slightly with the back of a fork (I skipped this stage as I normally like my cookies chunky, but because of the M&Ms they didn't spread as much as normal and ended up a little too thick).
Bake in the middle of the oven for 10 - 12 minutes until golden brown. Leave them on the trays for a few minutes to cool, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Mind your fingers as the chocolate will still be melted and gooey (trust me, the only good thing about a slight burn from melted chocolate chips is that you get to lick it off your finger while saying 'ouch').
The cookies should be crisp on the outside with a soft, fudgy middle. The chocolate around the M&Ms melts slightly so that you get a lovely hit of peanut after chocolate. The chocolate chips just fill the mix out slightly, so you get some more chocolate dotted through the flatter bits of cookie, too.
Have a fantastic holiday weekend!