Monday, July 29, 2013

M&M Cookie Brittle

Thin and crispy M&M Cookie Brittle - the taste of a cookie, with the crunch of a brittle!
Beware: disappears quickly!!


One thing that is definitely true about me is that, left to my own devices, I'm a nibbler. Especially when it comes to desserts! A nibble here, a nibble there....and before I know it, I've made a serious dent in the plate or pan of whatever it is I'm nibbling! When I was a kid, I used to think no one would notice - that the ever-shrinking pan of brownies would somehow never look any different to anyone else. I'm quite certain I was wrong...(when half the pan is suddenly gone, people notice! Even if it happened one nibble at a time!)



As an adult, I still try to trick myself into believing that the nibbles don't count. At this point, of course, I'm less concerned about someone else noticing....and more concerned about making sure my pants still fit (which is a real concern when you're constantly making and sampling new treat recipes!) Let me give you an idea of how it goes:


Hmmmm.....wouldn't it be fun to try making Cookie Brittle!? I wonder how you would go about changing a cookie recipe to taste more like brittle. Attempt #1: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Brittle: after 4 nibbles, I decide it tastes burnt. Attempt #2: M&M Cookie Brittle: tastes just like cookie cake. After 7 nibbles, I decide it's good, but definitely not brittle. Attempt #3: Triple Chip Cookie Brittle. I like this one. After 9 nibbles I decide it has a little too much butterscotch and not enough color. Attempt #4: M&M Cookie Brittle, perfected. Thin, crispy, colorful, and DELICIOUS!! So delicious, in fact, that after 18 nibbles I decide I should probably send the rest to work with Jorden. And I do.


The good news? No more nibbles for me. Which is also the bad news, of course....but good for now. Because, after a while, my pants really DO notice! Go figure.


M&M Cookie Brittle
1 stick (1/2 c.) butter, softened
1/2 c. packed brown sugar
1/4 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 c. mini M&M's
 
1. Combine butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla and mix until smooth. 
2. Add flour and baking soda; mix until thoroughly combined. 
3. Stir in M&M's.
4. Cover a large jelly roll pan with aluminum foil. Spray with cooking spray and spread dough as thinly as possible (should cover all or most of a 16x12 inch pan). Bake at 375 degrees for 12 min.
5. Cool on pan; break or cut into irregular pieces.



Enjoy!




Thanks for taking a peek inside my Lemon Tree Dwelling....
I hope you feel right at home!
-Cathy

23 comments :

  1. This looks delicious Cathy!! And I hear you. I feel like as long as I am blogging, I'm going to be constantly in the market for bigger pants!

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  2. Thanks, Cathy. We NEEDED another delicious dessert from your kitchen. This is a great one! ☺

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  3. I'm a nibbler too. Like maybe if I take a half a bar that's ok, but then maybe if I eat the other half in 5 minutes it's not as many calories too? I can just taste the nibbles of these yummy treats. Crispy and delicious!

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  4. hi cathy... we would love this treat at our house... i think you should consider writing a cookbook... honestly... everything ALWAYS looks so good : )
    have a great week!
    angie

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  5. I agree with angie above - I think you should really think of writing a cookbook - I would buy it in a heartbeat! Love this recipe - looks so yummy :)

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  6. I always start out cutting little corners into my baked goods, But then I notice my corners starting spreading into the middle of the pan! This wouldn't last very long in front of me!

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    1. I'm the same way, Tanya! Nibbling is definitely a slippery slope - lol! :)

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  7. LOL, this made me laugh! I get to evening and think "yeah! I didn't have dessert all day!" and then I realize I had 4,321 nibbles. Sigh.

    I want to nibble on this bark!

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  8. Found your link through I heart Nap Time, and I am so glad I did! I will be making these VERY soon! Looks amazing!

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  9. You absolutely have the best recipes ever!! Every time I see a link that I really, really like, it's yours!!! Thanks for linking w/us, sharing on FB and Twitter

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  10. thank you so much. will definitely try this!!!

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  11. Looks great and would be a nice treat! Found you @ Skip to My Lou!

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  12. I love this idea! Since it's so thin you can have more of it, too!

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  13. This looks so yummy Cathy and honestly, those nibbles totally don't count :) Pinned!

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  14. I think I may have to make this TODAY! :) Thanks can't wait.

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  15. This looks so yummy! Don't worry to much about the nibbles---we all do it! :) Pinning! Would love to have you share at my link party!!
    http://www.madetobeamomma.com/2013/08/homemade-by-you-62.html

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  16. Oh yum! It looks so buttery and delicious! I am a nibbler, too :)

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  17. I've never seen this before, but it looks delicious. and healthier b/c it's so thin, right?!?! right!

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  18. Holy cow, these look amazing! Pinning for sure, and thanks for sharing at my link party!

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  19. I made this, but two glaring mistakes on my part: when you say to spread it you mean it. I tried to spread it thin but it wasn't enough. The second mistake I made was taking it out at 12 min...I should have left it in at least two to three minutes longer. But, I did get some nice tasting cookies...just not the bark I wanted. I will try again!

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