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Browned Butter M&M Cookies

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Browned butter cookies are to die for, and adding M&M’s just makes them extra crazy! (Sub in half chocolate chips if you prefer.)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 Sticks) Salted Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • ½ cups Sugar
  • 2 whole Large Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons (additional) All-purpose Flour (rounded Tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons (heaping) Instant Coffee Granules
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 cups M&M's, Plus Extra For Tops
  • Chopped Pecans (optional)
  • Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips (optional)

Preparation

Add one stick of butter to a medium skillet over medium heat. Allow it to melt and bubble up for 3 to 4 minutes, swirling the pan to keep the butter moving around. When the butter is a medium golden brown, remove the pan from the heat (it will continue browning in the pan over the next 30 seconds or so!) Pour butter (and any solids in the bottom of the pan) into a heatproof bowl and allow it to cool completely, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, allow the other stick of butter to soften.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees*.

Cream the softened butter together with the brown sugar and regular sugar until it’s nice and combined. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth, scraping the bowl if necessary to make sure everything is incorporated.

With the mixer on medium-low, slowly drizzle in the cooled melted butter, making sure to add all the darker brown solids. Scrape the bowl the mix again for 20-30 seconds, until everything is combined.

In a separate bowl, combine the flour, coffee granules, baking soda and salt. Stir together, then add it in 1/3 increments, mixing on low, until it’s totally incorporated. Scrape the bowl and beat for a few more seconds. Stir in the M&M’s and the chocolate chips, if using. (I think using half chocolate chips, half M&M’s would be perfect.)

In batches, scoop by heaping teaspoon onto a baking sheet lined with a baking mat, Press 2 to 3 additional M&M’s on top if desired. If you have time, refrigerate scooped dough for 10 minutes (if not, it’s fine.) Bake for 7 to 8 minutes, or until deep golden brown. Wait a minute or two, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack. Repeat with the rest of the dough. Serve cookies with a big glass of cold milk!

*You can bake at 350 for a little longer if you don’t want the cookies to be quite so brown. (I like brown cookies!)

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Jeanne Kulm on 8.28.2014

I am going to turn this cookie into one of my Christmas Cookies, by just using red & green M&Ms. These are so very good.
Thank you for sharing.

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Karen miller on 8.31.2014

These cookies are to die for. Based on Ree’s comment that they were very sweet, I used mini M & M’s and only used 1/2 cup. I used 1/2 cup (or so) of chopped pecans. They will probably be a Christmas cookie recipe also. Thank you Ree.

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Stephanie Deal on 8.29.2014

I made these cookies exactly as the recipe called (with the changes recommended by Ree – 1 cup m&ms and 1 cup semi sweet chips). I also put my dough in the fridge as recommended and I baked them at 375 degrees. My first batch were so thin they fell apart so I added 1/2 cup more flour and then baked them at 350 degrees for a full 10 minutes. The rest of the batches turned out perfectly. Yummy cookies – just be aware that you may need to adjust the recipe somewhat. :-)

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Jeanne Kulm on 8.28.2014

I’m going to save this for Christmas and use only red & green M&Ms. These are so good
Thank you for sharing

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