; Supermarket Serenade: What can I bake with surplus M&M's?

Monday, July 20, 2009

What can I bake with surplus M&M's?

I love it when a new movie comes out and candy companies like M&M/Mars roll out collector edition versions of their candies. While I am a big movie goer (and proud to say a charter member of Netflix) I am not what you would call a collector of movie paraphernalia so it’s not for that reason that I get excited; but rather it is because 9 times out of 10 a few weeks down the road when the movie is but a distant memory and the American consumer has moved on to the next big thing the collector packages go on clearance.

Such is the case with my recent purchase of M&M’s Transformer’s Revenge of the Fallen (was that really a movie? No one in my house cared) I was able to nab a few bargain bags of half priced Transformer M&M’s!

While I easily could have inhaled each bag, (I am in fact an M&M addict-plain not peanut…sometimes almond…never dark and certainly never those over-priced M&M premium flavors.) I showed constraint and decided to look for some recipes that used M&M’s. (Yeah that’s it"…kids don’t eat them, Mom bought them to bake with.")

As luck would have it my cooking contest/blogger friend Anna from Cookie Madness had a yummy (easy) recipe on her blog for Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars so I gave them a go. I made one slight alteration-I replaced half of the semi-sweet chocolate chips with butterscotch chips (I sure do love those butterscotch chips). Not surprisingly the bars were loved by all. My daughter thought that they would make a delicious base for an ice cream sundae while they were still warm…unfortunately we only had mango sorbet in the fridge…ahhh..next time. OK so that takes up about 1/2 cup of M&M’s any suggestions on things to make with remaining? (I bought 3 bags...c'mon...they were on sale!!)

Chocolate Chip Pretzel Bars
by Anna at Cookie Madness (from Food & Wine)
1 cup all purpose unbleached flour (135 grams)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda (2 ml)
1/4 teaspoon salt (1 ml)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter (85 grams)
1/2 cup light brown sugar (110 grams)
1/4 cup granulated sugar (48 grams)
1 teaspoon vanilla (5 ml)
1 large egg
3/4 cups pretzels, broken
1 cup semi- sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup M&Ms (plain) – more if you want

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8 inch metal pan with foil and spray with cooking spray (or use parchment).

Mix together the flour, soda and salt; set aside.

Beat the butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl. When light, beat in the vanilla. Add the egg and beat until it’s mixed, then gradually stir in the flour mixture, followed by the pretzel pieces, chocolate and M&Ms.
(I don't normally like to eat cookie dough because my mom warned me about the raw eggs and all, but this m&m studded dough was pretty darn tempting)
Spread mixture evenly in pan and bake on center rack for about 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool completely. Lift from pan and cut into bars.


Chef E said...

I like you bio pic, how cute! I would take M&M's this way any day...they look scrumptious!

doggybloggy said...

so good looking - great job!

Mary said...

How did you end up with surplus M and M's. No matter how ell I hide the bags someone around here finds them :-). I love this recipe.

Justin said...

omg pretzels!

Adam said...

Haha I love movies for that fact too. I saw Transformer M&M's at Target, but they were strawberry or something... weird.

Anyways, thanks for checking out my blog. With awesome stuff like this on yours, I'm glad I made a new friend :)

Leslie said...

oh my..I love every little thing in these! I too am and M&M addict. I dont even buy them because I tend to eat them all!!!

Karine said...

I would love to give them a try! :)

Grace said...

too many m&ms? i'm unfamiliar with that concept. :)
if it ever happens, however, these bars appear to be the perfect place to use them!

The Japanese Redneck said...

Your post made me remember I have M&M's in my desk. I mean had them in my desk.

Looks good.

Julie said...

Those sound wonderful! Sweet and salty all together :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Surplus M&M's? What an odd concept. That makes it sound as if there could possibly be too many M&M's. I love the way you used them in the bars- they look delicious.

Anonymous said...

Haha! We *had* to go see Transformers, the first one had my husband's actual jet in it when the Air Force came in to save the day. The last one had another squadron's jets in it but we still went to see it.

Glad you could stock up on candies you love. Freeze them and keep them for the next go-round of baking.