Browned Butter M&M Cookies

The baking bug bit me again recently when a desire for cookies crept up. So I hit up Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond for a solid recipe. Feel free to click the link for her actual recipe or just follow my slightly adjusted one below.

I would recommend browning you butter ahead of time- as it needs 30 minutes to sit before adding to the cookie dough. Don’t forget your skillet! 😉

Ingredients:

2 sticks of salted butter (1 cup) – 1 stick for the browning & a softened stick for the dough
1 cup of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of ground coffee (Ree’s recipe calls for instant)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of M&M’s (I used a bag)

Browning the butter!

Add 1 stick of butter to a medium skillet over medium heat. Allow it to melt and bubble up for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the butter moving.

When the butter is a medium golden brown, remove the pan from the heat (it will continue browning in the pan).

Pour butter (and all the goop) into a glass bowl or jar.

Allow it to cool completely for 30 minutes!

Instructions:

preheat oven to 375 degrees (or 350 for a little longer if you don’t want your cookies as brown).

cream the butter with sugar and brown sugar. add eggs and vanilla. beat until smooth.

with your mixer on medium-low, drizzle in the browned butter (every last bit!). mix until it’s all good and combined.

IN A SEPARATE BOWL, combine the flour, coffee, baking soda, and salt. stir them up and add to the other mixture a little at a time. mix on low.

when it’s blended nicely, add M&M’s.

scoop the dough out in teaspoon-size bits and place on a cookie sheet. I line mine with parchment paper. bake 8-9 minutes. (longer if you’re doing the 350 temp thing)

let them rest a minute or two before transferring to a cookie rack.

BAKE ON.
COLLEEN

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Tacos & Queso at Tacos 4 Life

As the street taco trend continues to thrive, few of us turn down an opportunity to try our taste buds on the next big thing. So when Tacos 4 Life popped up in two locations in Conway- the hype was big! But what makes these unique pop-ups even more satisfying than filling our tummies is how they lend a hand to countries beside our own.

Tacos 4 Life has locations in Fayetteville, Conway, and Little Rock (Arkansas). So after years of hearing about this restaurant that pairs with Feed My Starving Children (to provide rice meals for children in Swaziland, Africa, and Honduras), I finally got to try it.

The menu has so many delicious combinations to pick from. I tried a hard shell and a soft shell- some fish and shrimp. The mango salsa was fresh and sweet. The pico de gallo was pumped with flavor. And the sauce was simply scrumptious!

The cheese dip was up to par as well. And the lime rice? —fluffy with just enough flavor. 🙂 If the tacos weren’t amazing on their own, I would have gladly gotten by  on just the queso and rice.

I’m excited to hit this place up again. The prices were reasonable and the food was exceptional. I honestly didn’t have any expectations going in but was pleasantly surprised at the colors, presentation, and overall taste. I love what you’re doing, guys! Keep it up.

TACO ON.
COLLEEN