Are you enjoying this time of year as much as I am? While I am not a huge Halloween fan, there are parts of the holiday that my husband and I enjoy and look forward to. We always watch It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown every year, and I love putting out candy for all of the cute trick-or-treaters, and decorating my front stoop with pumpkins and mums. I also couldn't resist buying our cat a little bat costume so she would be Bella the Bat Cat-- I know, I know, I'm weird. :) And, finally, of course, I love the food-- candy corn, candy apples, spiced hot apple cider, pumpkin donuts, yum!
I had heard people on other blogs talking about M&M's new white chocolate candy corn variety. I was really happy to see some at Wal-Mart and so I snagged a couple of bags. I started thinking how I could incorporate them in some fun fall baking and came up with these cookies. Have you ever mixed a bag of candy corn with a bag of salted roasted peanuts? Its pure bliss-- the sweet and salty combo is killer! It kind of tastes like a Baby Ruth candy bar but better. :)
I used one of my favorite sugar cookie recipes that I found last Christmas on Smells Like Home's blog. Tate's Bake Shop makes these soft frosted sugar cookies that are just the perfect sugar cookie. I thought they'd be a great cookie to combine with the candy corn M&M's and peanuts. I usually make the sugar cookies with the frosting included in the recipe but since the candy corn adds so much sweetness to the cookies, I omitted the frosting for these particular cookies.
I really loved how these turned out. Soft, pillowy, sugar cookies were great with the crunch and sweetness from the candy corn and the salted peanuts added a nice contrast to all of the sweet. I will definitely be making these again! If you can't find the candy corn M&M's, you could substitute them with Reese's Pieces or fall M&M's.
Candy Corn M&M Peanut Cookies
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup salted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 large egg
1 cup sour cream
1 bag M&M's white chocolate candy corn
1 cup chopped roasted peanuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or line with a Silpat.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg. Mix and scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again. Add the sour cream and mix until combined. Add the flour mixture and mix until combined. Stir in the M&M's and crushed peanuts.
Drop the cookies onto the prepared cookie sheets 3 inches apart as cookies will spread. Bake the cookies for 15 minutes or until they are light brown. Cool them on cookie sheets for 5 minutes, and remove them to wire racks to cool completely.
Adapted from Smells Like Home via Tate's Bake Shop