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M & M Cookies

Christmas is around the corner and I still think I have plenty of time to bake cookies .This week I just started to bake some Christmas cookies.Actually, this year I'm planning not to bake any cookies at all but then I realised Mishu is in Kindergarten now .Here in US and A children are 5 year old children are mandatory by law to attend Kindergarten . I believed her classmate will exchange Christmas gift with her.Not long ago on Halloween party celebration , Mishu received quite alot of goody bag from her classmate..I have no idea at all or any experience how things was done during Christmas at school since Mishu is my only child who just attend Kindergarten.Last year I was embarrassed that I didn't prepare anything at all for Mishu's Pre-K classmates..So to make sure this things doesn't happen again,I better bake some cookies for her classmate as Christmas gift..I adapted this M&M Cookies recipe from here.
I guess children prefer candy or colorful cookies then regular cookies,right? Personally ,this type of drop cookies is simple and easy to bake but only down side of this cookies it's very time consuming .Reason:need to top with M&M on the top of cookies one by one!!

Adapted from joyofbaking.(I double the recipe and changed the ingredients slightly to suit my needs but here is the single recipe)

2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar

2/3 cup (140 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar

2 large egg

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup (200 grams) M&M's® or Smarties® candies


1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place one oven rack in the top third of the oven, and one oven rack in the bottom third of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat.

2:In a large bowl,sifted flour, baking soda, and salt,set aside.

3:In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 - 3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and egg yolk, beating until well combined. Beat in the vanilla extract.

4:Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

5:Form dough into balls, about (20-25 grams) for each cookie. Place 12 balls of dough on each baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball of dough with your finger on the center into a 1 1/2 inch round. Completely cover the tops of the cookies with the M&M's® or Smarties®. Gently press the candies into the dough.

6:Bake the cookies for about 15-17 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time. The cookies are done when they are light golden brown in color and just set. They will still seem a little soft but they will firm up as they cool. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.

Makes about 36 medium size cookies.

The original recipe said 50 gm per pieces but I found the size is really large or big for a single cookies after bake,so I re-size to 20-25 gm each cookies .The medium size cookies look better beside that it's easy to pack into cookies container or goodies bag..


About the Author:

Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917(at)yahoo(dot)com. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.