Giant M&M Cookies

Everyone loves a great cookie. Especially one that’s full of bright and colorful mini M&Ms. These cookies are as big as your hand and have a perfect crispyness around the edges and chewiness in the center. I’ve been on a big cookie kick recently. I think they’re my latest favorite dessert type. I decided to make a list of some of the things I love about cookies.

Cookies are portable. You can just grab a cookie and go. Or set them out and not have to worry about forks and plates or a knife to cut portions.

Cookies (or cookie dough) can be frozen. I like to make a double batch of cookies at a time. I figure while I’m making a mess, might as well make it worth the effort. One of my favorite things to do is portion out the cookie dough onto a cookie sheet and freeze them. Once they’re completely frozen, drop them into a ziplock bag. Then if you are craving a cookie, just pop one onto a tray and bake it up. Nothing beats a freshly baked cookie! You can also freeze most cookies after they’ve been baked.

Cookies ship well. I live in Boston. Most of my family lives in the Midwest. I like to send them goodies every now and again and cookies are my go-to. I like to bake them, then freeze them, then ship them off to unsuspecting friends and family members. They defrost while traveling and are ready to be gobbled up when they arrive.

Cookie dough is AMAZING. I don’t think I have to explain this one. Everyone loves raw cookie dough. If you don’t, I don’t think we can be friends. In fact, until a recent Browned Butter and Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie came into our lives, Hubby always prefered chocolate chip cookie dough over a baked cookie.

What is your favorite thing about cookies?

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Giant M&M Cookies

These cookies are the size of your hand and chock full of colorful mini M&Ms

Yield: 18 large cookies (or 36 small cookies)

Ingredients:

2 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 sticks (12 Tbsp) of salted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup mini m&m’s

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Gradually add flour and mix until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together. Stir in the M&Ms.

Divide the dough how you choose (1/4 cup portions for 18 large cookies or 2 tablespoon portions for 36 smaller cookies). Shape each portion into a ball with your hands then flatten slightly on the cookie sheet.

Bake for 12-15 minutes (large cookies) or 8-12 minutes (small cookies) or until the edges are slightly brown. The centers should be soft and puffy. Do not over bake. Let cool completely.

Recipe from How Sweet It Is, originally adapted from Cook's Illustrated

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14 Responses to “Spring M&M Pretzel Treats”

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    Sarah — April 9, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I love this simple recipe, and it will be a great idea for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower (both she and her fiance have M names). You mention in your other posts about using a squeeze bottle – is this any particular type of squeeze bottle? I’m not sure how to find one that would work for this purpose. What do you use? Thanks!

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    mamakrystal — April 9, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Awww, totally cute! It came up in my google reader and my stomach growled!!! YUM!

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    Teresa Bjork — April 9, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Yum! I’m making these this weekend for birthday treats. Can’t believe you can’t find almond bark. There are stacks of it at our small-town grocery store in Iowa.

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    Jen — April 9, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Sarah – I use squeeze bottles from Michaels. They look like this.

    Teresa – yes, it’s crazy that they don’t have almond bark out East. In the Midwest you can get it anywhere!

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    Sarah — April 10, 2010 at 3:37 am

    Thanks Jen! These are awesome. I have so many new pages bookmarked since finding your blog. P.S. I was in TJ Maxx tonight and found a jar of polka dot sprinkles, like true big polka dots, and I thought of you!

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    Baking Away — April 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Do you have any Super WalMarts near you? I get them there all the time in Massachusetts. They are carried year round in the baking aisle. I’m not sure if regular WalMarts have them too.

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    mrs. c — April 11, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    These look yummy and I think that my college-age nephews would love them…how whould they travel? Have you got suggestions for things that will travel well in the mail? Thank you

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    Jen — April 11, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    mrs. c – these would travel really well. I like them straight from the fridge or freezer. I would freeze them for a few days prior to mailing. That’s what I do with anything I ship. I have great luck with cookies and brownies going in the mail.

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    KV — April 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    have you tried coloring almond bark before? I tried a couple months ago and it was a disaster, so just curious

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    Jen — April 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    KV – I have not tried to color almond bark. The Wilton’s candy melts do come in a variety of colors though, so you could use those. They are sold at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.

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    Baking Away — April 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Just wanted to clarify that I meant I find almond bark at Super WalMart here in MA. I went back to see if you had responded, and I realized my comment didn’t really make much sense!

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    Jen — April 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks. I don’t shop much at Walmart… It’s probably better that I can’t find this stuff anywhere, otherwise I’d be making these all the time!

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