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M & M Cookies {Hunter’s Favorites}

M & M Cookies

M & M Cookies

What does a food blogger do when her 12 year old grandson comes to spend the day?  She bakes cookies!  M & M cookies are one of Hunter’s favorite cookies, maybe even his MOST favorite.  They’re also a favorite of Grandpa Scott’s, so it was a two men, one cookie recipe kind of satisfying.  And did I mention I love them too?

Cream sugar, eggs, shortening and vanilla

Cream sugar, eggs, shortening and vanilla

In a large mixing bowl I creamed the sugar, eggs, shortening and vanilla with a hand held mixer.  I so rarely bake with shortening it seemed strange, but the resulting cookies are softer than those made with butter.

Whisk dry ingredients together and mix in with wet ingredients

Whisk dry ingredients together and mix in with wet ingredients

I whisked the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl then added them to the creamed mixture and beat them just until it was well mixed.

Mix until dough is smooth and has no lumps

Mix until dough is smooth and has no lumps

I stirred 3/4 of the M & Ms into the dough and was ready to make cookies.

Stir in 3/4 of the m & ms

Stir in 3/4 of the m & ms

I used my medium sized cookie scoop and made about 13 cookies per baking sheet.  I put a couple more of the reserved M & Ms onto the balls and put the cookies into the oven.

Scoop cookies onto a baking sheet, adding m & ms to the tops if necessary

Scoop cookies onto a baking sheet, adding m & ms to the tops if necessary

I baked the cookies for 12 minutes, until they were barely beginning to brown around the edges.

Bake until cookies are beginning to brown around the edges

Bake until cookies are beginning to brown around the edges

But I made 40 cookies out of this single recipe.  When I doubled it for the store, I got about 90 cookies.  My scoop is about 2 tablespoons when I smooth each cookie off evenly with a finger.  So if you make smaller cookies, your baking time will vary.

M & M Cookies

M & M Cookies

The cookies stored well in little zippered bags for snacks on the run for the catering job.  When I made them recently for my P.S. they stored well in a Ziploc plastic container.  They also can be frozen.

M & M Cookies

M & M Cookies

M & M Cookies

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
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 on top of each dough ball with remaining candies.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 9 to 11 minutes, to your liking

5-6 dozen cookies

Adapted from All RecipesTiara Logo

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