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M&M Cookies Mmmmmm…

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes. My friends and family call them Becca Cookies. They are always soft (as long as you don’t overcook them) and they hold their shape. They don’t melt down into a ball of goo, like some cookies do when they bake. The dough is really just my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Instead of chocolate chips, we used M&M’s. Sometimes we use the Reese’s Peanut Butter Chips or even peanut butter M&M’s. Any of these options make a scrumptious cookie.

I usually make cookie dough in my standing Kitchen Aid mixer. Sometimes when my daughter helps, we use the handheld Kitchen Aid mixer. It’s easier for her to handle and she feels like more of a helper.

Here’s the recipe:
1 Cup Crisco shortening (original, not butter flavor)
3/4 Cup brown sugar
3/4 Cup white sugar
Mix until soft and fluffy.

2 Eggs
1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix just until blended.

Dry ingredients:
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
Mix it up and add a bag of M&M’s or chocolate chips.

Bake for 10 minutes (or less) on 350 degrees. My oven is a standard oven, not convection, and this is what I do.

This is the dough after adding the M&M’s. I have to say Chocolate Chips will ALWAYS be my favorite!

When I have made M&M cookies before, I’ve noticed that the M&M’s kind of sink down into the cookie. They are not quite as bright and colorful when this happens. So, after we scoop the cookie onto the pan we add a few more M&M’s to the top of each dough ball. I always use a good size cookie scoop to form the dough balls. I also don’t ever bake cookies without my Silpat baking mat. I love these baking tools!

Fresh out of the oven.

Once the cookies have cooled, I put individual cookies into ziploc bags. These go into the freezer for the kids’ lunches. I have always thought it was a special treat for my kids to have a homemade cookie in their lunch each day. A few weeks ago my son was begging for me to put some oreos or packaged cookies in his lunch. Now I realize that the packaged junk is the treat for my kids because they never get those types of cookies! I’m sure I’ve scarred them for life. They’ll probably never want to bake with THEIR children when they are older.

Don’t you want to go bake a batch now? They’re even better when it’s raining outside. Happy baking!

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  • jenna
    April 8, 2010

    Becca, I love the blog! I will try these as well…But, I really wanted to make snickerdoodles. Maybe you could post about that????? Thanks!

  • Mary
    April 8, 2010

    Those look really good! When I was growing up, store-bought cookies were a treat because mom always made cookies. I always use the big cookie scoop, too; if you're going to have a cookie, you need to HAVE A COOKIE!

  • kim
    April 9, 2010

    I'm just going to reach through the screen and grab a couple!

  • Fawnda
    April 9, 2010

    Yummy! M&M cookies are my Hubby's favorite! : )

  • MarshaMarshaMarsha
    April 10, 2010

    Those look delicious! I think I need to go bake something now.

  • Robyn
    April 11, 2010

    I just made a batch of M&M cookies today from our Easter M&Ms. My recipe is a bit different, but I know what you mean about them sinking down into the dough. We add more to the top, too.

    I was just saying today how I love making cookies with my KitchenAid (stand), silpat, and cookie scoop. To me, they are just as important as the oven! {I think I'm spoiled!}

  • debbie stuckey
    November 19, 2012

    what kind of flour goes in this recipe?

  • OvenDelights
    November 10, 2014

    I was skeptical about using all shortening in this recipe. But with the increase in the price of butter, and a full can of crisco in the pantry, I gave this recipe a try. The result? Delicious!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe!