I don’t know about you, but my favorite season is the fall. Growing up in New York, September was my favorite month for two reasons: school was starting, and the leaves would soon start shining crimson and gold. Not only that, but the air somehow smelled crisp and clean.
Living in the South has robbed me of this joy, as it’s usually too hot for the leaves to change and fall, but there’s always hot apple cider and cookies baking in the oven to make up for it!
I’m normally not a peanut butter and chocolate fan (together, I love them separately!) but my husband said he’d like to have peanut butter cookies with M&Ms. I don’t think I’ve ever had cookies with M&Ms on them before. I was a little hesitant to try them, but I’m glad I baked them!
These cookies were soooo good! My first batch lasted only a few minutes. So that my husband and I wouldn’t eat all of them, I took the freshly baked batch the following day to my neighbors. I found that storing the prepared batter (with the M&Ms) in a covered container overnight in the fridge helped with scooping and forming the batter onto the cookie sheet. So definitely prepare this the night before. Your kids will LOVE to have this as an after-school snack and activity. If you don’t have kids (like me) these cookies will be too scrumptious to ignore!
Mott’s Apple Juice reminds me of my childhood. Mott’s was a staple in our household, and when I realized I could make apple cider with it I was so happy. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND finding a cheesecloth for your spices and the orange and lemon zests. The taste was great, but I found myself filtering out little particles from the cinnamon and zests multiple times just to enjoy the cider. When you go to Walmart to shop for your ingredients, don’t forget your Mott’s coupon! You can view the rest of my shopping trip here.
Here are the recipes to my hot apple cider and M&M’S peanut-butter cookies. I promise you will love this!
Mott’s Hot Apple Cider
- 1/2 gallon Mott’s Apple Juice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 2 whole cloves
- 1/2 orange peel cut into strips
- 1/2 lemon peel cut into strips
Pour apple juice into a large stainless steel pot.
Place spices and peels into a cheesecloth. Drop cheesecloth into apple juice.
Heat to just short of a boil.
Once you are done, you can keep the stove-top on warm and ladle the apple cider straight from the pot.
M&M’S Peanut Butter cookies
- 2 cups flour
- 2/3 cups dark brown sugar
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
- 1/2 cup plain applesauce
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups M&M’S milk chocolate candies
- 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, applesauce, peanut butter and both sugars until well blended. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together. Slowly add these ingredients into the peanut butter mixture and stir until combined.
Fold in the M&M’S and chill the dough for 1 hour, or overnight (recommended).
Drop dough by rounded tablespoons (or cookie scoop) onto tray with parchment paper, about 2 inches apart.
Bake for 8-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 12-14 for crispy cookies.
For more great ideas visit the Fall Baking and Entertaining Pinterest Board.