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Spotted Porcupine Cookies
James Baigrie

Spotted Porcupine Cookies

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 2 dozen cookies
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Catherine Ralston, an 11-year-old whose other culinary creations include Leaning Tower of Pizza Burgers and Ohana Pineapple Steak, likes animals, polka dots and cookies. Her porcupine cookies have pretzel-stick "quills," with M&M's doubling as polka dots. She says, "I thought pretzels would be good in cookies because salty can go well with sweet."

  1. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  4. 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  5. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  6. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
  10. About 100 thin pretzel sticks, broken in half
  11. 2 ounces M&M's Minis
  1. Preheat the oven to 375° and position 2 racks in the upper and lower third of the oven. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, beat the butter until creamy. Add the brown and granulated sugars and beat until smooth. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. In a small bowl, whisk the flour with the baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl and stir until combined. Stir in the white and semisweet chocolate chips.
  2. Using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop, scoop 3-tablespoon mounds of the cookie batter onto 3 ungreased baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Using your hands, roll the dough mounds into balls. Insert the pretzel sticks into the dough balls and fill the empty spaces with M&M's Minis. Bake 2 sheets of the cookies until they are lightly browned by still soft in the middle, about 15 minutes, shifting the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through. Let the cookies cool on the pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining baking sheet, rotating the sheet halfway through baking. Serve warm or cooled.
Make Ahead The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.