M&M Cookies to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Hubby and I don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure how that happened, but we’re both ok with it. We usually just have a nice dinner at home and some wine. No gifts, no fancy restaurants, just chillin. Even though we don’t get all romantic and mushy on Valentine’s day, I do love to bake for this holiday.

You see, my three favorite colors are red, pink, and purple. I love them all almost equally, but if I had to rank them, it’d be red first, then purple, then pink. Not pastel pink, a good hearty dark-hot-pink – like the dark pink M&Ms in the Valentine’s Day color combo. One of the reasons I love baking for Valentine’s day is that I’ll most likely be making something with one of my favorite colors. Last year I made red velvet cupcakes that I took to work. This year, I happened to grab a bag of Valentine’s Day M&Ms while I was at the store the other day.

I have a soft spot for holiday colored M&Ms. Not sure why, but I just love them. So I set out to make some M&M cookies. Now I’ve already made two versions – regular M&M cookies and chocolate M&M cookies. Both were great, but I always prefer to try new recipes.

I whipped up this batch of cookies last weekend, but didn’t want to have cookies in the house, so I baked up a dozen and froze the rest. The dozen that I baked went with me to a food photography seminar – which I still need to blog about (check out Elina’s or Kerstin’s recap).

To freeze the cookies, I just rolled them out as if I was going to bake them. Then I put them on a cake pan lined with waxed paper and threw them into the freezer. Once they were frozen, I put them all into a ziplock bag. These frozen cookies are going to some friends who just had a baby. That way the new parents can bake a couple cookies at a time for some instant comfort.

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M&M Cookies

Yield: ~3 dozen

Ingredients:

1 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 c shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c M&Ms

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

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.

Portion out some dough using a cookie scoop. Using your hands, roll into a small ball and place on cookie sheet. Slightly push a few candies on top of each dough ball with remaining candies.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. (13-15 if taking straight out of the freezer).

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

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10 Responses to “S’mores Cookie Bars”

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    Heather — December 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    Yum! They look really good. But I do not like marshmallow fluff. To me, it doesn’t even really taste like marshmallow, and has a weird chemical taste. Nast.

    Have you ever tried these ones? REAL marshmallows! 🙂 Maybe there is a way to combine your recipe (the cookie part) with this?

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    laurasrecipecollection.com — December 2, 2009 at 6:40 pm

    Wow, those look awesome!

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    Cupcake Activist — December 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I love s’mores!

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    Ingrid — December 3, 2009 at 4:16 am

    I’ve made these several times and I’d have to say they’re my favorite “s’mores” dessert!
    ~ingrid

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    Jelli Bean — December 3, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    You’ve got me wanting to pop a couple grahams, chocolate, and marshmallows into my toaster over for a quick fix. These look really good. I don’t think marshmallow fluff exists here in Central America, but these bars look sensational.

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    stephchows — December 3, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    oh yum! count me in for this one for sure!! I could go for a nice campfire too right about now 🙂

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    nutmegnanny — December 3, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Oh my goodness! These look awesome….yum!

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    Dorothy — December 3, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Those look great! Would you believe I never had “true” s’mores (with toasted marshmallows) until this year?!?!

    I named you for the “Kreativ Blogger” award! Love your blog, though I’m more of a lurker than a commenter 🙂 Here’s the link if you want to grab the badge for your page:

    http://fuzzykoalacakecompany.blogspot.com/2009/12/thats-creative-way-to-spell-it.html

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    Amanda — June 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    wow! im loving everything here. 🙂 –Cafe Guru

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    Kris — June 12, 2010 at 2:06 am

    I just made these and they are awesome!!! thanks so much!!!!

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