• Thu, Jul 5 2012

Learning To Cook Reluctantly: Are Ann Romney’s Cookies Better Than Michelle Obama’s?

Ann Romney’s M&M’s Cookies

MAKES 3 dozen cookies
PREP 15 minutes
BAKE at 325° for 18 minutes 

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar 
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened 
1 1/2 cups crunchy peanut butter 
1 tablespoon light corn syrup (such as Karo) 
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats 
2 teaspoons baking soda
6 ounces chocolate chips
2/3 cup M&M’s candies 

Heat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, cream sugars, butter, peanut butter and corn syrup on high speed until well combined.  Beat in eggs 1 at a time.  Beat in vanilla extract.

In a separate bowl, mix together oats and baking soda. Stir into peanut butter mixture until combined. Mix in chocolate chips and M&M’s.

Using a standard-size ice cream scoop, drop dough onto baking sheets (about 9 per sheet). Bake at 325° for 18 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

I think it’s best to bake it with Kenny Roger’s “The Gambler” playing. Why? Because George H.W. Bush endorsed Mitt Romney by saying “you got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.” Seriously. This is a thing that happened. The next line in that song is “know when to walk away, know when to run.”

Now that the Gambler is dead, here is the batter:

I know it looks delicious. That’s because everything with M&Ms in it looks delicious. However, it is absolutely terrible batter to eat. It tastes like dry oats dipped in peanut butter. And it also takes twice as long as the other batter to prepare if that is a thing that matters to you. Which it should if you are not immortal. Here is the finished product:

Now. Which one did people prefer?

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