Pretzel Cowboy Cookies

Is there anything better than a cookie eaten fresh out of the oven? Or that sweet smell of butter, sugar, and chocolate wafting through your home?

Everyone I know loves cookies. They all have a favorite and a strong opinion about what’s the best; soft baked vs. crispy edges, chewy vs. crunchy, or chocolate vs. no chocolate.

My personal favorite are my moms “screw up” chocolate chip cookies where she has managed to use the “wrong” margarine that results in a thin cookie with super buttery, crisp edges. Mmmmm…. The frustrating thing? We can never remember which brand does it, hence the “screw up” nickname.

My second favorite is a Cowboy Cookie. If you’ve never had a cowboy cookie, hooey are you in for a treat! Yee-Haw? Must be in the cowboy spirit with all this country-talk…

Ok, back to Cowboy Cookies. Here’s how they’re made: when a chocolate chip and oatmeal cookie really love each other, they get married and….well, a cowboy cookie is born!

Now take that and ramp it up with some Pretzel M&Ms and you’ve got yourself a chewy, chocolatey, crunchy piece of awesome!

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Pretzel Cowboy Cookies

Ingredients
– 1 package chocolate chip oatmeal cookie mix (I used a Betty Crocker bag mix)
– 1 stick softened butter. Seriously, let this sit on the counter for a couple hours. Don’t shortcut it.
– 1 egg
– 1 package Pretzel M&Ms

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper or SilPat baking mats.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together cookie mix, butter, and egg until combined. Just use a wooden spoon; last time I tried to use my hand mixer, I almost burnt out the motor…whoops!
3. Spoon about 3 tablespoons of the cookie mix onto the prepared baking sheet and repeat until no batter remains. I was able to get 12 cookies.
4. Place 3-5 Pretzel M&Ms on top of each cookie and press into the batter slightly. It should look like this.

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5. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until golden brown along the edges.
6. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack

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…or eat one fresh out of the oven with a glass of milk.

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What’s your favorite kind of cookie? Did you try these yet? Leave me a comment or post a picture!

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