Being that my name is Mrs. Fields and that I live with two mini-cookie monsters, I am always on the hunt for a good cookie recipe. I'm pretty selective with my cookie making, so when I see a cookie recipe it has to A) look amazing and B) not be too complicated. I'm busy so I simply don't have time to make bad or super involved cookies. I usually find my cookies of choice while watching my favorite Food Network stars, so you can imagine my surprise when I was flipping through one of the latest issues of People magazine and came across M&M's Ultimate Chocolate Cookies (yes, I like to catch up on celebrity gossip every now and again). When the cookie jar was empty this weekend, I knew that these were the next cookies to fill it up. Plus I had lots of leftover M&M's from Halloween that I really needed to get rid of.
I told you! I love chocolate, but I've had enough candy to last me until next Halloween I think, and my kids have all but forgotten that it exists, well, that is until they see it. When I asked my four year old son to empty out all of the packets of M&M's to put into cookies, he said, "Dis is fancaskick!"
Of course, while he was emptying them he popped a few in his mouth and said, "I'm just tastin dese to see what dey taste like." I'm sure he had forgotten, right? While he was emptying the packets, I got the rest of the ingredients together. I only made a couple of improvements to the actual recipe.
You need all of the usual suspects: butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda and salt. Plus a few extras: cocoa powder and M&M's. Then, follow your typical cookie recipe. Cream the butter and sugars.
Then add the eggs and vanilla.
Next, mix the dry ingredients together (flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt). Recipes, including this one always say sift, but I never sift, my little sous chef whisks and the cookies always turn out tasty.
After whisking, slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until combined.
Now, comes the fun. Add the M&M's. The recipe actually calls for 1 3/4 cup of MINI M&M's but I used regular M&M's because that's what I had. Plus I honestly thought the picture had regular M&M's in it. They looked full sized to me. I would imagine that you could use other small candies (Reese's pieces, Heath or Snickers bar crumbles, etc).
I decided to stir in the M&M's so they wouldn't get mashed up by the mixer. My son wanted to sprinkle them into the dough, which did take a while. After adding the M&M's you have to chill the dough for at least an hour. I think we made it that long? Then bake at 350 degrees for precisely 11 minutes.
I really recommend eating them straight out of the oven while they are still warm, with a large glass of milk of course.
M&M's Chocolate Cookies
2 sticks Butter
1 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
2 large Eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 cup All-purpose Flour
1/3 cup Cocoa Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 3/4 cup M&M's or other Candy
1. Cream butter and both sugars until well blended.
2. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt together. Then slowly add these ingredients into the butter mixture and mix to combine.
4. Fold in M&M's or other candy.
5. Chill dough 1 hour or overnight.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 11 minutes.
7. Enjoy warm with a large glass of milk!