I don’t like to have a sad husband and when the cookie jar is almost empty that is exactly what he is. A few weekends ago we didn’t have tons of things going on so I was able to fill the cookie jar. I originally was planning on baking up some of Alton Brown’s Chewies, which I plan to blog at some point, but we were out of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
I sent Blair to the store with full intentions of making the chewy, but instead of chocolate chips he returned with a bag of M & M’s. So that led me to do some research. I have made M& M cookies in the past, but the candies always seem to get lost in the batter. This particular recipe has you add some candies to the actual batter, but then you press some extras on top once you scoop them out. The cookies came out soft, chewy, and buttery. I also love the colors of all the M & M’s! You could make these with some Valentine M & M’s, I am sure they would look adorable!
What you’ll need:
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces
In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla thoroughly. Add flour, salt, and baking soda to creamed mixture. Blend well. Add 3/4 cup of M&M candies. Drop dough by teaspoonful onto cookie sheet. Slightly push a few candies (I started with only 3 extra and was disappointed to find I had a lot of empty space on the top of the cookie, my suggestion would be to use about 5) on top of each dough ball with remaining candies. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 9 to 11 minutes, to your liking.