Game Day Cookies

Three "Game Day" cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet with peanuts, M&Ms, pretzels and chocolate chips.This blog isn’t exactly known for “Game Day” food so why “Game Day Cookies” today? Well, it’s (apparently – I rely on my students to tell me these things) Super Bowl Sunday this coming weekend and during cooking club last week there were a few requests for different dishes (which I will take into account and incorporate when I can) but then one student suggested a “Super Bowl” theme this week. OK then, I thought I could do a chili or some type of snacks… EXCEPT, it’s “sweet” week (I’m alternating between savoury and sweet each week). Hmmm… back to the drawing board…

I kept coming back to “snacks” and was stuck on some kind of sweet and salty snack mix but needed a recipe that takes a bit longer than that to make. Sooooooo…. enter cookies INCORPORATING Game Day snacks… welcome GAME DAY COOKIES!

Game Day Cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment.These cookies incorporate all my favourite TV-watching (or anytime!) snacks – a combination of pretzels, M&Ms, chocolate chips and peanuts but what you put in is up to you! No pretzels? Use potato chips! No peanuts? Use another nut or seed! The possibilities are endless!

Yield: 24

Game Day Cookies

Cookies featuring Game Day snacks - pretzels, M&Ms, chocolate chips and peanuts! Bet you can't eat just one!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes


  • 225g (1 1/2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 113g (8 tablespoons/ 1/2 cup) salted butter, room temperature

  • 100g (1/2 cup) firmly packed dark brown sugar

  • 100g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup mini M&Ms (or regular M&Ms, chopped up)
  • 1/3 cup pretzel pieces
  • 1/3 cup peanuts (or other nuts), chopped


    1. Pre-heat the oven to 350˚F.
    2. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper. 
      In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and baking soda and set aside.
    3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, or using electric hand beaters, cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until smooth and slightly pale in colour (2-3 minutes).
Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the egg and vanilla and continue to mix on medium speed until the egg is fully mixed in.

    5. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again and, with the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients, a little at a time and mix until just combined.

    6. Add the chocolate chips, M&Ms, pretzels and nuts and mix until everything are evenly distributed through the dough. Keep your mixer on low speed as otherwise everything will fly around and out of the bowl!
    7. Portion 12 cookies using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop, placing scooped cookies close together on one of the lined baking tray that you can fit in your freezer. Your future self will thank you for having frozen cookie dough on hand to bake up when you feel like them!

    8. Portion the rest of the cookie dough using a 1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop and set them on the two lined baking trays, well-spaced.

    9. Bake the cookies 8 minutes, then remove the pans from the oven, one by one. With your thumbs (in oven mitts!) holding the parchment paper on the trays, bang them on the countertop 5-6 times until the cookies flatten slightly.
    10. Return pans to the oven and bake for 4 more minutes until the cookies start to turn golden-brown and the centres are just about set (they might look a little “wet”).

    11. Place the trays on wire cooling racks for 5 minutes then carefully transfer the cookies (still on the parchment paper) to wire cooling racks to cool to room temperature.


You can scoop all the cookies at once, freeze them immediately and just bake off what you need. Baking from frozen, they might need a couple of extra minutes but the best advice is to just keep an eye on them as they bake.

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I have a feeling it’s going to be a VERY popular session of cooking club this week!!!

Closeup of a "Game Day" cookie with peanuts, M&Ms, pretzels and chocolate chips.

What about you – what do you like to eat on Game Day?


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