This past week, I went to the most magical place on earth! No, it wasn’t Disney World. There were no princesses (with the exception of me); there were no Mickey’s or Minnie’s of any kind; and there were no castles or fireworks either!
There were only aisles and aisles of greatness; walls and walls of goodness; and shelves and shelves of geniousness. That’s a word, right?
I’ve been to this magical place once before, but twelve years had passed since that glorious day. Now, I question why I had waited so long. Why did I deprive myself of this place which can only be described as heaven on earth?
I went to Costco!!! (Oh, happy day… oh, happy day… when Jesus washed… yes, when he washed…) Ahem. Nevermind!
During a spur-of-the-moment drop-by with a friend who had a membership (I’m sooooo getting one of those!), I quickly learned how unprepared I was. I had no bags, and no ride to my door – I was taking the transit. Lastly, I was wearing my new black leather shoes which kill my feet, but they were expensive and I love them so I wear them anyway. #fashionwhore
Resisting the urge to buy everything in sight, I compromised by promising myself that I would return and bought only a few items that I could carry with me on the subway. One of those items was a two kilogram bag of peanut M&Ms. john.e loves them, and even though he does not eat sugar during the week, and is constantly complaining about his weight, I knew they would bring him happiness on the weekend.
Come Sunday though, there was the temptation to bake. And I couldn’t stop thinking about the candy coated devils. I found a recipe online for M&M cookies, but I wanted something more… Something impressive, bigger, and delicious. I read the recipe and came up with this one. I added the chocolate chips and the toffee bits. I made a few changes to the sugar amounts too. I don’t like an overly sweet cookie, so I cut back the granulated sugar by half a cup.
This was actually a very simple cookie to make. I loved the idea of piling all of the cookie dough into the skillet rather than portioning out little mounds onto cookie sheets. There wasn’t as many dishes to wash up also!
Now, I would suggest you serve a slice of this with ice cream, but like I said, john.e is watching his sugar intake so our place was void of the evilness that is double-churned vanilla goodness. But you, well you can live it up! I insist!! (Someone has too.)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup butter
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ½ cup toffee bits
- 1 cup peanut M&Ms (plus more for top)
- In mixing bowl, cream the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar very well.
- Add the egg and vanilla; using a whisk, cream everything together until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- In a second bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet mixture.
- Once fully incorporated, add the chocolate chips, toffee bits, and the M&Ms. Mix well.
- Transfer the mixture to a well greased 10" skillet and bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
- Let set for 10 minutes before slicing.