Monday, July 6, 2009

Tasty Tuesday!

I know I said that once the temperature turns up, my oven turns off, but I do occasionally make small exceptions. When new neighbors moved in, I made M&M cookies for them (with a couple extra for us).

The wee ones loved helping, with Mister Man making sure that every M&M was placed M side down and Little Miss making sure she added exactly four extra M&Ms to the tops of each cookie before they went into the oven, which Mister Man then had to alter of course. They're just chips off the old block.

I mentioned this, and I was immediately told that I have to bring cookies to BlogHer, especially to the sleepover the night before. Twist my arm! So far, I'm bringing the M&M cookies and chocolate chip. I know which M&M cookies I'll make, but there are so many chocolate chip options I'm still noodling over!

Regardless, the wee ones will definitely help me again. Both with the measuring and mixing and the tasting. Yes, I allow the wee ones to eat raw cookie dough. The eggs are irradiated!

While I'm mulling the chocolate chip option, I figure the least I can do is share my M&M cookie recipe....

Classic M&M Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 c butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
~1/3 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups M&Ms


Cream butter and sugars. Keep beating until it lightens in color and comes together again. Add vanilla and eggs, and beat until well combined.

Add baking soda and salt and beat again. Add flour and mix on low speed until just combined. Add 1 c of the M&Ms and stir by hand to distribute.

Drop teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Add 3-4 M&Ms to each cookie top and press in gently.

Bake at 350 degrees 9-12 minutes (it will vary by your oven).

This makes 42 cookies when I make them.

Using half butter and half shortening makes for fluffier cookies that are softer while still having the yummy taste of butter.

And it's possible that I use slightly more than 1 1/2 cups of M&Ms when I make them :)

Enjoy! And don't forget to check out more fun recipes at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday with Blessed By Grace!


Courtney (Women Living Well) July 6, 2009 at 10:04 PM  

I can't believe I have a 4 and 6 year old and I have never made M&M cookies! It's time -thanks for the recipe!

Hyacynth July 6, 2009 at 10:22 PM  

Wow, I wish we were your new neighbors! My hubs would be delighted if I turned the oven on during the summer and made MandM cookies!

septembermom July 7, 2009 at 7:14 AM  

After I make these, I know my oldest son will be singing your praises for providing such a great recipe :)

Unknown July 7, 2009 at 7:42 AM  

I used to make these with my aunt, when I was young. Thanks for the reminder. My daughter would enjoy baking these.

Karen July 7, 2009 at 7:57 AM  

Those are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

The Desperate Cook July 7, 2009 at 9:33 AM  

My daughter makes these all the time....they are really, really good.

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Lisa@BlessedwithGrace July 7, 2009 at 12:43 PM  

Thanks for sharing your recipe and joining us for the TMTT anniversary today.

Roxane July 7, 2009 at 5:53 PM  

Oh I could kill for some cookies right now!

Brenda July 7, 2009 at 7:47 PM  

I kind of like these with mini m&ms too.

Swishy July 7, 2009 at 10:10 PM  


Debbie July 7, 2009 at 10:14 PM  

I love M&M cookies! Thanks for the recipe.

Michelle July 8, 2009 at 4:50 PM  

Courtney - Oh, they're missing out. Go. Bake. Quickly!

Hyacynth - Hey, there are two houses for sale in our neighborhood right now... I also make scones, cherry brownies and other treats for new neighbors! It wouldn't be THAT far to get to your new business, would it?

septembermom - What, not your praises for making them? Just tell him you made the recipe up yourself!

Lisa - It's always so much fun, isn't it? For some reason, it's just more special than regular chocolate chip.

Karen - Note that I shared the recipe... not the cookies themselves!

The Desperate Cook - Aren't they though? These are best to make when you have the opportunity to give at least some away.

Lisa - Of course. Congrats to you on the one year!

Roxane - Hey now... they're good, but they're not THAT good!

Brenda - True, but I like my chocolate to candy ratio to be higher sometimes. Those are neat to make especially if you do tiny cookies for tea parties.

Swishy - Mmmmm hmmmm :)

Debbie - You're welcome. I hope it inspires you go go make some. And then share with me!

Cookie July 8, 2009 at 10:54 PM  

Going to Blogher sounds like fun :)

pseudostoops July 9, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

You're coming to BlogHer? Fun! I'll be keeping an eye out for you! (Looking to meet more local folks, you know...)

Michelle July 9, 2009 at 8:13 PM  

Cookie - Totally fun. And here I was expecting a comment related to your name... so apropos!

pseudostoops - It's in my 'hood. How can I not go? You'll definitely have to look for me :)

Jerri at Simply Sweet Home July 11, 2009 at 2:19 PM  

I love these! So yummy!

Michelle July 12, 2009 at 9:15 PM  

Jerri - Aren't they though? They're just such a HAPPY cookie. You have to smile when eating one.

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