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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5 Responses to “Cannoli Cupcakes”

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    ~Bee — June 2, 2011 at 4:16 am

    Cannolis have to be one of my absolute favorite desserts… BOOKMARKING THIS! Yum!

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    Anonymous — September 30, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Love this idea…i felt they were kinda missing the crunch of the cannoli shell…so I used some broken up peices of storebought sugar ice cream cones as sone added garnish…perfect touch

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    Sarah — December 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Making these now for Christmas Day – they can be refrigerated that long if sealed, right?

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 11:29 am

      Sorry for not replying sooner, I was offline for the holidays. The cupcakes can def be kept in the fridge for a couple days. Hope they turned out for you.

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    Michael — January 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Tried the recipe, turned out way too loose to pipe Cheese was strained for 24 hours. Flavor was fine. Tried adding more powdered sugar to thicken it up. Didn’t work and eventually just tasted like sugar. Any suggestions?

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