At our recent game night, I'd bought pretzel M&M's® for our guests. Chocolate and pretzels--can't go wrong with that combo! Those flavors reminded me of my favorite flavor of Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Chubby Hubby, and I thought it would be yummy to develop a cookie recipe inspired by those flavors.
Oh yeah, it totally worked. And using the pretzel MnMs in the recipe made it incredibly easy--the chocolate and pretzels were all wrapped into one ingredient.
I started by adapting the original Nestle Toll House cookie recipe--it's a fabulous recipe to experiment with.
Chubby Hubby Cookie Recipe Ingredients:
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 cups pretzel M&M's®
- 1 cup salted peanuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cream sugar and butter together. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Add the salt, vanilla, and baking soda, and mix. Add the flour, and mix just until combined.
Add the M&M's® and peanuts, and mix just until combined. I wanted some of the M&M's® to break apart, so I mixed mine in my Kitchenaid mixer, but if you want your candies to remain whole, you'll need to mix them in by hand.
Spread the cookie dough in a 9x13 pan, and bake for 30-35 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the pan. Let cool and cut into bars.
I originally intended to make this recipe with malt powder, too, to bring in some of that malted vanilla flavor from the ice cream. But either I used up all my malt powder or can't find where I put it in my freezer, so that particular experiment didn't happen. I have no idea how that might affect the recipe, but the next time I make these cookies, I'm going to be sure to give it a try. I LOVE malt powder. I'll report back with the results of my malted cookie experiment.