Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to Make M&M Cookies

I always have cookie dough balls in the freezer—to serve as dessert for a last-minute BBQ, or just to have on hand for “emergency purposes” if someone in my family needs a little pick-me-up. There is nothing like a batch of warm cookies just out of the oven, oozing with melted chocolate. Yum! That is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

One of my favorite cookie dough balls to make is for M&M cookies. Here’s the awesome cooking recipe:

Favorite M&M Cookies

¾ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
1 large egg, room temperature
1 ¾ cups unbleached or all-purpose flour
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 12-oz. pkg. M&Ms
¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Cream sugars, butter and shortening together. Beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, salt and baking soda, and mix well. Stir in M&Ms and nuts (if desired). Shape into balls about a tablespoon in size. To bake immediately, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown.

A few different varieties of cookies from earlier this year-

You can also freeze the dough balls for a later use. To freeze, place dough balls on a waxed paper lined cookie sheet. Once firm, store in a freezer bag for up to three months. Thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours before baking.


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