Ever since my trip to Chicago, I have had deep-dish everything on the brain!  I love big, bakery-sized cookies and the best way that I have found to make my cookies maintain size while baking is to use a muffin top pan.  I also knew that I could not resist many times walking down the Easter candy aisle before a bag or two, or five found their way into my cart.

So when somehow a bag of Peanut Butter M&M eggs ended up on my counter I could not wait to think of what to put them in!  I have seen so many enticing peanut butter cookies floating around the internet lately, like the Pudding Peanut Butter Tagalong Cookies from Cassie at Bake Your Day, the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod, and these Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies from Brown Eyed Baker.

I decided to try a new peanut butter cookie recipe from Baked.  And because I promise always to be honest with you, here are my thoughts and tips about this recipe:

  • On a regular cookie sheet, my cookies spread quite a bit and got very thin which made the M&M eggs protrude out of the regular cookies.
  • Using a muffin top pan, the cookies were exactly what I had hoped for:  thick, chewy and moist.
  • The recipe says that the dough needs to be refrigerated for 3 hours.  I am usually a rebel when it comes to this instruction, however, I played by the rules this time and my cookies still spread out way more than I would have liked with the batch that I used a regular cookie sheet.  Lesson:  I do not think it is necessary to refrigerate the dough, especially if using a muffin top pan or whoopie pie pan.

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 cream butter and sugars in a large bowl

add eggs, vanilla and peanut butter

add dry ingredients in 2-3 increments

add M&Ms, drop onto muffin top pan and bake

What Easter candy can you not resist?

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13 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Cassie
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    These are awesome, definitely my kind of cookie. PB M&M’s are a weakness of mine! I love your scraper paddle attachment too, I need one of those!


    • Mercedes
      Mar 27, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

      Thanks Cassie! I try not to buy peanut butter M&Ms too often, because I have absolutely no will power against them! And I would highly recommend the scraper paddle attachment. I think it is so nice to have 2 mixing bowls and 2 paddles so that busy baking days don’t get completely consumed with dishes!


  2. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Oooh, these look absolutely amazing! I love pb M&Ms so much more than the crunchy peanut ones, and I love the “deep dish” idea!


    • Mercedes
      Mar 27, 2012 @ 7:21 pm

      Thanks Anna! Peanut butter M&Ms are my favorite too!


  3. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 3:03 pm

    Oh, and I cannot resist the gooey Cadbury creme eggs…yum 🙂


  4. emily (a nutritionist eats)
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    I do love some Starburst jelly beans – need to get some ASAP!
    I feel like I need one of those pans to make nice chewy cookies – or do you think I could just fill a cupcake pan 1/2 full or something?


    • Mercedes
      Mar 27, 2012 @ 7:23 pm

      I have already purchased my 2 bags of Starburst jellybeans of the season and they are so good! I don’t think a muffin pan would produce as chewy of a cookie just because there is not as much surface area and so I’m afraid it would all just bake more quickly. But I could be wrong! If you give it a try, let me know how it works out!


  5. Dana
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    Easter does have the best candy. My favorite is the Whopper Malted Milk Robin’s Eggs.


  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Peanut butter cookies with peanut butter eggs? Yum, I love the deep-dish idea! Now I need to track down some M&M peanut butter eggs :).


  7. Marian (Sweetopia)
    Apr 01, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

    Mmm, these Easter peanut butter cookies look absolutely heavenly! I have to try making them!
    What beautiful sweets and blog you have here! Thanks for visiting me over on Sweetopia, I’m glad to have ‘found’ you through my blog birthday post! xo


    • Mercedes
      Apr 02, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

      Thanks Marian! I look for inspiration and tips from your beautiful blog often! Thanks for visiting!


  8. Let Me Eat Cake
    Apr 03, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    love the idea of baking cookies in a muffin top pan! now i want to make some deep dish cookies 🙂 to enjoy after a deep dish pizza!


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