Sunday, November 4, 2012

Baking Goodies

If you know me, you know that it is no secret that i am a horrible cook.

Part of me blames it on my mom or grandma not teaching me, but then part of me blames myself because i never picked up a cookbook either. {until i got married and was gifted a million during our engagement year}

We were also gifted the famous kitchen aid mixer. ::aaahhh!::

I am terrified to cook a meal, terrified to screw it up to the point where i wouldnt eat it, and my husband might not either. What would it be if it wasnt consumed? A waste. Of food, money and time. It doesnt help that i am the pickiest eater in the world. Almost every recipe i come across has something i hate. Red peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, celery, carrots, fish, something fishy, something spicy... the list goes on. I am THAT picky. le sigh

Thanks to that new red gadget in our kitchen, i am learning to bake! The kitchen aid mixer is a life saver. Makes my baking life 10000x easier.

My husband loves sweets. LOVES. He is the sweet tooth, i am the salt tooth. I prefer chips and dips, sausages and cheeses, crackers... he is all about the sweets. Oreos and anything cookie related are his favorite.

So tonight, i baked! I find it soothing. I also really enjoy dishes, so its a win-win :)
{the shitty part = i can only consume about 25g of sugar a day. OOPS.}

Thick and Chewy M&M Cookie Bars

2 1/8 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
12 TBSPs butter (1 1/2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 12oz bag M&M's, divided

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Line a 9X13-inch baking pan with foil, letting the excess hang over the edges of the pan by about 1 inch so you can grab those edges and pull the bars from the pan after they have baked. Spray the foil-lined pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the melted butter and sugars in a large bowl until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well. Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not overmix. Fold in 1 cup of M&M's and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle remaining M&M's on top and press in slightly.

3. Bake until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan, 26-30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack to room temperature. Remove the bars from the pan by lifting the foil overhang and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve.

What are some of your favorite baking goodies?!
{with the holidays coming, i want to try a lot more!}

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