I haven’t made up my mind on how I feel about Valentine’s Day. I’ve never been one who absolutely hates it, nor have I been one who loves it. BUT, this year should be a good one – Lexi and I are hosting a Galentine’s Party (you’re my idol, Leslie Knope), and then I’m off to San Diego for the weekend. Also, these cookies are involved.
I go through these cycles of eating something salty, but then I need something sweet, and then it’s back to something salty again. And while these double white chocolate macadamia nut cookies are a good salty and sweet combo – they just don’t cut it.
Cue cookies with M&M’s, dark chocolate, and pretzels.
You can easily make these cookies for any occasion – just grab whatever bag of colorful M&M’s you can find. I also encourage you to put whatever your heart desires into these – don’t have pretzels? Use potato chips. Seriously – we’ve done it before, and it’s damn delicious. We also sprinkled some Maldon sea salt on top because… why not.
These cookies are the perfect dessert after Galentine’s, a date with your boyfriend, or a night with your couch and Netflix (arguably the best option).
Side note – Lexi and I are having serious issues with our new apartment oven. We CANNOT get anything to cook evenly for the life of us. Our cookies continually turn out with semi-burnt bottoms, which is depressing. But we still eat them.
We hope you have the best Valentine’s Day filled with love and cookies.
- 1 C butter, softened
- 1 C brown sugar
- 1/2 C white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 C flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 bag dark chocolate chips
- 1 bag Valentine's M&M's
- A couple of handful of pretzels, crushed
- Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy.
- Add in eggs one at a time until fully mixed in. Beat in vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt, and vanilla pudding mix.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients. When combined, stir in chocolate chips, M&M's, and crushed pretzels.
- Place tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough onto a baking sheet, and gently flatten a little. Sprinkle with a little coarse sea salt if desired.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are baked through and golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack, and enjoy!
- Feel free to use crushed potato chips instead of pretzels, or any type of festive candy instead of M&M's!