Ann Romney’s M&M Cookies with Peanut Butter & Oats
After seeing on The Today Show yesterday the two cookies chosen by the presidential candidate’s wives, Ann Romney and Michelle Obama, which is a tradition Family Circle magazine started a number of candidates back, I decided that Ann Romney’s M&M Cookies needed to be made here and tested. I just finished baking them and wanted to hurry and write about them before we head out for a day trip. They are that good. You should make them soon.
I love that they only have oats, so if you wanted to make sure and get the gluten free oats, these would be gluten free. With no added flour, I was worried they would flatten out too much, but these turned out perfectly. They are baked at a lower temperature (325 degrees) and I think that helps with not-too-much spreading.
I did not change anything about the recipe except that Ann’s suggested time for baking is 18 minutes and we like more of a chewy/soft cookie here, so I only baked them for 14 minutes. Perfection!
Since I didn’t change the recipe, which Ann was quoted as saying “no one in her family can resist them”, here’s the link to the recipe. Ann Romney's M&M Cookies
On a side note, with wholesome oats and the Skippy Natural chunky peanut butter I used, these cookies are a great treat. I was quite surprised to see Michelle Obama’s cookies (isn’t she on a big kick to get the nation’s kids healthy???), are FULL of butter and shortening—shortening, you know, the butter-flavored kind full of trans fats. I was just a little shocked to see that as the cookie she picked to go up against Ann Romney’s cookies. I think Family Circle has reported that 4 out of the last 5 times the potential first ladies have gone up against each other with their cookie recipes, the winning cookie has also been the presidential candidate who won the election. Hmmm? Can’t wait to see! (And I’ll bet you can’t tell who I’d like to see as our next president and first lady!) Let’s not get all political here, this is strictly about cookies….;)