More Cookies?

Last week, I shared my Almond Joy Cookies recipe, along with a heart-warming story involving paint, rocks, and more. I also focused on the Almond Joy Cookie recipe because, well, they were my favorite. But I also promised to share the other cookie that got introduced by way of a yummy photograph:

My youngster's favorite -- no surprise here -- was the chocolate M&M cookie variety. She also got a lot more hands-on in making them. While mixing and spooning dough out onto silicone mat-lined baking sheets was fun, the true joy in this endeavor was, hands down, the artistic flourish of adding M&Ms to the top of the unbaked cookies to make sure every cookie had enough "dots" to be a respectable cookie. This was her job and she took it very seriously. At one point, I told her they looked great and she said, "No. I need to turn the pan to see if it looks good from the other side, too." Who am I to argue with that level of peevishness? So I turned the pan.

Once out of the oven, the waiting game began. "Are they cool yet?" "Nope, not yet. Let's get the next baking sheet ready." Five minutes passed. "How about now?" "I think we ought to finish baking them all before we eat one, don't you?" "No." "Okay, well, I think that's what we'll be doing, anyway." "Okay. Let's get them all ready, then."

A half hour of cookie-baking passed and, despite some near catastrophic pausing requirements, no one died and cookies were tasted. "What do you think?" "I like them. They are good enough for a picture." Well, there's high praise. She says I can share the recipe (and the photo) with all of you. Literally kid-approved cookies. Enjoy!

Chocolate M&M Cookies

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • ¾ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup M&Ms

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the butter, salt, and sugars and beat until creamy. Add the egg and extract. Mix well.

Mix in the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and baking soda just until mixed.

Fold in the M&Ms gently, to avoid crushing them.

Scoop generous tablespoons of dough and place them on a silicone mat-lined cookie sheet. Press in additional M&Ms to make sure every cookie has 2 or more M&Ms on top. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes (baking time may vary).

  • Yields: 2 dozen cookies
  • Preparation Time: About 30 minutes