I have so much I want to say and tell you about what is going on here at Keep It Sweet Desserts, but my thoughts are coming through in a pretty chaotic stream of consciousness so I’ll hold off until things calm down a bit!
For now, though, I can say, I am SO happy I planned ahead and sent out my Food Blogger Cookie Swap packages early this year. If I had waited, my cookies would have been who knows what and my photos rushed and blah. I took these photos a few weeks ago when I was enamored with the wonderful chew in the cookie and fragrant aroma coming out of my kitchen. For the swap, I wanted to make something that combined some of my favorite elements of a cookie, chew and salt. While the brown butter flavor was only slightly apparent in the final product, the texture of these cookies and overall taste more than made up for that. I sent my cookies to Angie, Crystal, and Michelle, I just hope they agreed!
And of course I enjoyed receiving cookies in the mail for myself (such a nice change of pace!) from some wonderful bloggers. Caroline (who I already adore) made wonderful florentines. I was so impressed that she packaged them without them breaking at all! Felice sent great Rosemary Lemon Shortbread cookies, the smell was amazing! And finally, I got some terrific Cherry Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies from Cher. What better way to find new blogs than by exchanging cookies?!
- ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1⅞ ounces (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
- 5½ ounces (2/3 cup) packed light brown sugar
- 1 x-large egg at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 7 ounces (1½ cups) all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoons baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup M&Ms
- Sea salt for sprinkling
- Brown the butter: Heat butter in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, when butter turns to an amber/light brown color, remove from heat immediately (You should be able to smell the deeper more caramel flavor of the butter) pour browned butter immediately into a small bowl and set aside to cool
- Once butter has cooled, place in the large bowl of an electric mixer with sugars; beat on high speed until well combined
- Add egg and vanilla, mix on medium speed until well mixed
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; slowly add to wet ingredients with mixer on low speed; do not over mix
- Slowly stir in M*Ms
- Chill dough for 24 hours for best results (minimum of 2 hours) before baking
- When ready to bake,pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside
- Scoop cookie dough with a medium (~2 tablespoons) or large (~4 tablespoons) cookie dough scoop on to prepared baking sheets
- Bake cookies until firm: 7-8 minutes for medium and 9-10 minutes for large
- Allow to cool before serving