I live in a small town here in the Philippines. There's only 1 grocery store, a small open market, a handful of small shops. And I like to cook, more specifically bake. So I've decided I won't let my limited access to ingredients stop me, I'm going to work with what I have.
Today I baked some Nips cookies. Nips are candy-coated chocolates... the Filipino version of M&M's, if you will. I love M&M's cookies, but M&M's are a little bit on the more expensive side here. But Nips- they're super cheap. They don't taste the same, but the difference is subtle. You can even find Nips at your local Filipino mart or Asian market (in some, not all). So I decided to take a stab at some Nips cookies. This recipe, of course, can be substituted with your favorite candy-coated chocolates, or even chocolate chips. Either way, your tummy will be happy.
- 1 Cup packed brown sugar*
- 3/4 Cup granulated sugar
- 1 Cup butter, softened*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 Cups Nips
1. Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. (190 degrees Celsius)
2. Beat sugars and butter in large bowl on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes*
3. Beat in vanilla and eggs
4. Beat in flour, salt, and baking soda on low speed
5. Stir in candies
6. Drop dough by teaspoon about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet*. Flatten slightly with a fork.
7. Bake until edged are light brown, 8-11 minutes
8. Let stand 3-4 minutes before removing from cookie sheet.
Makes 3-4 dozen.
*A couple of notes: I used muscovado instead of brown sugar. I
also used 7/8 Cup of oil rather than the butter. When you mix the muscovado and oil together, the result is a thick, gooey, sugary mixture-- not a light, fluffy one. As you can see in the
picture below of my cookies, they're not as fluffy. If you want them
more fluffy, use butter. I also don't have an electric mixer and whisked everything by hand-- worked fine. Also, the recipe says to place dough on an ungreased cookie sheet, but after the first batch, they stuck quite a bit, so I had to grease my cookie sheet with the remaining batches. That actually made the cookies taste better.
Despite all my adjustments I had to do, and even though they don't look like the most appetizing things in the world, they still taste delicious! Especially with a tall glass of cold milk.