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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11 Responses to “Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    This looks like such a perfect gift! Are those your homemade marshmallows I spy in the mug?

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    Jen — December 20, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Of course they are! I seriously can’t justify buying marshmallows anymore. They’re just so easy and SO good homemade. I even whipped up a batch to put on our twice baked sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving.

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    Blog is the New Black — December 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    I really wanted to do this this year for gifts but time escaped me. Looks great!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 20, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Soooo here’s the deal- A Boston Food Diary is going to look A LOT like Beantown Baker next week as I steal your recipes 🙂 Looks great Jen!

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    Megan — December 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Why have I never thought about doing this? It looks so easy and it definitely would give me an excuse to make some homemade marshmallows!

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    Danielle — December 20, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    That looks like an amazing gift! Making a homemade hot cocoa would definetly save money. Thanks for the recipe(:

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    EliFla — December 20, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Ghirardelli cocoa is very good and your homemade hot cocoa mix …too!!! May you have a special merry Christmas!!!Hugs, Flavia

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    Meghan@travelwinedine — December 21, 2010 at 1:17 am

    I have never thought of making my own cocoa mix OR marshmallows. I feel a winter project coming on. Looks delicious!

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    kitchenmisfit — December 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I have had this bookmarked to make to some gifts for a couple of my girlfriends. So awesome and easy to make!

    -Amanda

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    dana — December 21, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Loads of thanks to you. I can make everyone happy this Christmas. This recipe is even easy to follow.

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    innochkaskitchen — December 24, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Yum! What a great holiday gift idea!

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