Saturday, 25 June 2011

Giant M&M Cookies!

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
Barbara Jordan

And I for one could use a designated cookie break. How about you?

These extra large cookies are studded with colourful M&Ms for a sweet and crunchy sumpin sumpin to get you through the afternoon slump.

You go ahead and get baking, I feel a nap coming on. ☺

Giant M&M Cookies
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens New Baking Book

Preheat oven to 375°F


½ cup shortening
½ cup butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp baking soda
2 eggs
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2½ cups AP flour
2 huge handfuls M&Ms, mix of peanut and chocolate

In a large mixing bowl beat the shortening and butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Beat mixture until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour with wooden spoon. Stir in M&Ms.

Drop dough by level ice cream size disher scoops, 2 inches apart on a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.

Makes 20 cookies.