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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pumpkin Cookies with Cinnamon M&M's

Why is it that some of my best recipe ideas sprout up in my dreams?  I was seriously dreaming about these Cinnamon M&M's a few nights ago and today this mouthwatering dream became a reality.  I've been thinking of ways to highlight the subtle cinnamon flavor in these candies without the cookies being too sweet.  The combination of cinnamon, cloves and pumpkin are a classic and heavenly match, but adding the cinnamon M&M's makes these cookies even better.  Everything tastes better with M&M's.  Enjoy!

2 1/4 cups  Flour
2 tsp  Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp  Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp  Ground Nutmeg
1 tsp  Baking Soda
1 cup (2 sticks) Margarine, softened
1/2 cup  Sugar
1/2 cup  Packed Brown Sugar
1 cup  100% Pure Pumpkin
1  Large Egg
2 tsp  Vanilla Extract
1-1/2 cups  Cinnamon M&M Candies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

Combine flour, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.

Beat butter and both sugars in a large mixer until smooth.  Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla and blend.  Slowly add in the flour mixture.  When fully combined, fold in the candies by hand.

Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto lined baking sheets and slightly flatten the dough using the back of the spoon.

Bake 12 - 14 minutes or until the centers are set.  Cool cookies on the baking sheets for 2 minutes then transfer to wire racks to finish cooling.  Makes about 30 cookies.

**Note:  The M&M's did get a little melty while cooking due to the cinnamon coating, but it did not have any effect on the flavor.  These tasty pumpkin gems are definitely worth a try.  Check your local retailers holiday clearance area and you might find some of these still on the shelves.

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