I made this "giant pizzazz cookie" when my nieces' visited. It was a big hit (with them, too :>). I found it in a recipe brochure that Mars, Inc. sent me when I filled out a form on their web site. It looks like they have the recipes there too (but the pamphlet is nice, colorful, and worth sending for) and this recipe is "Recipe of the Month" for June, 1996. It will certainly be MY recipe for the month!

(Source: Brighter Baking with M&Ms(r) Chocolate Baking Bits)
2 c all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 c (2 sticks) butter or margarine
1/2 c firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c caramel ice cream topping
1 c M&Ms(r) semi-sweet or milk chocolate baking bits
3/4 c shredded coconut
1/2 c dry roasted peanuts

Preheat oven to 350 deg F.

In a bowl, combine flour and baking soda; set aside. Cream butter, sugar, and vanilla and fluffy; add flour mixture just until blended. Dough will be crumbly. Pat dough evenly into greased 12" round pizza pan (a 13 X 9" pan can be substituted). Prick crust with a fork. Bake 15-16 min or until firm.

Spread warm crust evenly with caramel topping. Combine M&Ms(r) Chocolate Baking Bits, coconut, and nuts. Sprinkle mixture evenly over caramel topping; pat down lightly. Continue to bake an additional 5 min or just until coconut begins to turn golden.

Cool completely before cutting into wedges. Store in tightly covered container. Makes 16 wedges.

Updated: June 26, 1996
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