Friday, February 12, 2010

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.

M&M Cookies - from Allrecipes.com - makes ~3 dozenPrintable Recipe
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

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).

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17 comments:

Carrie said...

I love freezing dough but somehow most ends up in my tummy unbaked when I do that :)

oneordinaryday said...

What a great gift! I'm thinking that would be wonderful for all sorts of occasions. Thanks for the idea!

Carly said...

These are adorable and I love that idea! Two questions, though: 1) Were these as good as the cookies from the other recipes? and 2) When you freeze them, do you bake right from frozen?

Jen said...

Great questions Carly - As far as comparing them to the other cookies. I enjoyed the chocolate M&M cookies the best, but they were REALLY chocolatey. The other non-chocolate M&M cookies were a bit more chewy and they had nuts in them, so they had a different vibe. This recipe was more of a classic M&M cookie for sure.

As far as baking from frozen, you can def just go straight from freezer to oven. Bake them ~13 minutes instead of ~11 and take them out when they look done.

Cara said...

these were delicious!

stephchows said...

they look so cute all frozen up :)

Leanne said...

I love the pink and red M&Ms. Thanks for the idea of freezing the cookie dough.

Memória said...

I was going to ask you the same thing as Carly, well the first question. These cookies are cute. Your freezing method reminded me that I have a bunch of sugar cookies still in the freezer! Do you know how long cookies can stay in the freezer?

Jen said...

I don't know how long they will last in the freezer. I have a tendency to forget about things in my freezer... I'd guess a couple months? Anyone have ideas?

nutmegnanny said...

What festive little cookies :) I love them! I also like the fact that you froze them. I bet they were delicious. Make sure to enter the All Through the Year Cheer event for Valentine's Day :)

Julie said...

I think that sounds like a great way to spend valentine's day. It can be intimidating the way it's so hyped up. The cookies look very festive, love 'em!

Vivian - Let's Try These... said...

We don't do "valentine's day" either since my MIL was born on the 14th and daughter's birthday is the 15th - besides, its more important to say you love someone everyday, not just one day out of the year. Love the idea about freezing the cookie dough in preshaped form and giving that away. Wonderful idea!

Deborah Dowd said...

I am looking for cookies that travel well for my soldier adopted through Soldier's Angels and these look like a winner!!

Kerstin said...

Mmm, these were so tasty! Happy Valentine's Day!

Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

These are just too cute!! I love M&M cookies too!!

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bcallegra said...

Just had to add my two cents on the idea of giving cookie dough frozen and ready to be baked - genius! For some reason, I've never thought of that, even though I've given cookies frozen to people to be defrosted when they're ready to eat. I love the dough idea!

Megan said...

YUM-these look absolutely delicious! I love the pink and red M&Ms!

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