Oatmeal Cookies With Peanut Butter M&Ms

oatmeal cookies with peanut butter M&Ms

I really love M&Ms (who doesn’t?) and perhaps my favorite M&M variety is peanut butter M&Ms. They have just enough peanut butter so you know they’re peanut butter M&Ms, but not so much that it takes away the chocolate from the M&M itself.

Thus, I felt it right to make oatmeal cookies featuring peanut butter M&Ms. I’ve made peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookies before (basically my favorite cookie ingredients all rolled into one) but thought I’d go with simple here.

I enjoyed the cookies, and the M&Ms were enhanced by virtue of being with the dry oats in the cookie. However, I felt the cookies had too much oatmeal but others didn’t seem to have that complaint.

The recipe follows:

Ingredients
1 c butter, softened
3/4 c packed brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
3 c oatmeal
1 tsp vanilla
2 c peanut butter M&Ms

Instructions
Prehat the oven to 375° F.

Cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs. Mix in the flour, baking soda and vanilla. Add the oatmeal. Stir in the M&Ms.

Drop the cookie dough by rounded spoonful on a greased baking sheet. Bake at for 8 minutes or until the bottoms are starting to turn light golden brown.

Remove the pan from the oven and let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes. Transfer them to a wire rack and let them cool completely. The cookies will firm up a little bit as they cool.

Mt. Rushmore

My parents and I always wanted to see Mt. Rushmore. Honestly, I was mostly intrigued by the idea of four men’s faces being blasted into the side of a mountain. I see it as the next step Americans would take after doing the normal statue-of-men thing. So, I went into the experience pretty skeptical as to if I would enjoy it.

And, truth be told, I actually enjoyed the monument a lot. It has a gravitas and really doesn’t come off as imposing or overbearing the way a statue of Lenin in the U.S.S.R. might. You can view the monument from a viewing platform and also walk along it’s base via the Presidential Trail.

Additionally, the area around Mt. Rushmore, especially Custer State Park, is very scenic so we also took the opportunity to visit Devil’s Tower in Wyoming (made famous by the film “Close Encounters of the Third Kind“) and Badlands National Park. Living in the densely populated East Coast, you forget how vast parts of the United States are.

We stayed in Rapid City which was only about 30 minutes from Mt. Rushmore. The town was small, but the downtown area was pretty quaint. People were very friendly, too, which is a nice change.

A few pictures are below and more can be found on Flickr.

rushmore
Mt. Rushmore

devils tower
Devil’s Tower

badlands
Badlands National Park