when i was younger, i used to love going to safeway (a grocery store) with my mom and dad. i know most kids don’t really like grocery shopping. it’s pretty boring and really you just want to go outside and play. i guess the people at safeway know this because they offer kids an amazing incentive to go with their parents grocery shopping – if you go to their bakery, they will give you a free cookie!
a free cookie! oh my goodness, best day ever. ahh the simple joys of childhood. well actually, let’s be real – even though i am a grown adult getting a free cookie is totally the best thing ever.
these m&m cookies remind me so much of the supermarket bakery style cookies i remember getting from safeway and all of the other fine grocery store bakeries. they are perfectly crunchy on the edges while still being soft and chewy in the middle. plus how can you not love all of the rainbow colors and chocolatey goodness that comes with the m&ms.
really you cannot go wrong with these cookies. plus it’s an awesome base dough for other cookies, like the peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip cookies i made a few weeks ago (recipe from the same blog i got this recipe from – jessica from how sweet is a genius). just think of all of the other kind of cookies you could make using this same recipe – perhaps substitute the m&ms for reece’s pieces? chocolate chunks? add in some macadamia nuts? or how about some coconut? oh man my mind is going crazy with options.
oh but how can i forget the absolute best and most interesting part about making these giant m&m cookies?!?! instead of just rolling the cookie dough in a pretty little ball and then placing it nicely on your cookie tray, you actually pull the ball apart into two pieces, flip each part around and then stick it back together.
crazy right? i have no idea why you do this. perhaps it allows all the pretty m&ms to show off their gorgeous colors or maybe doing this magically causes the perfect texture of these cookies. i don’t know what the reason, but it works so there is no need to question it. just enjoy.
these giant m&m cookies actually start with melted butter. you can easily melt the butter in the microwave or in a small saucepan on the stove.
pour the melted butter into the bowl of your stand mixer and allow the butter to cool a bit. then add the granulated and brown sugar.
mix the butter and sugars together until they are well combined.
then add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix it all up.
now time for the dry ingredients – just flour and baking soda (oh i did add about 1/4 tsp of salt to help balance out some of the sweetness in the cookie). the original recipe said to mix the flour and baking soda in another bowl and then add it to the butter/egg/sugar mixture but i’m lazy.
now the cookie dough is ready.
drum roll please… here come the m&m’s – mini m&m’s to be exact. i totally thought that bags of mini or baking m&m’s were sold in the baking section but i was wrong. so i just bought a few of these little containers of mini m&m’s. if you need to do the same thing, here’s a nice tip – there is about 1/4 cup of m&m’s in each of the little tubes.
dump all of the m&m’s into the bowl with the cookie dough…
and then fold the m&m’s into the cookie dough. be sure to do this with a spatula instead of using the mixer. this will keep all of the little m&m’s nicely intact.
next take your 1/4 cup cookie scooper and scoop out some cookie dough,
and roll the cookie dough into a ball.
now rip the ball into 2 pieces and then put the smooth edges together and place it on a silpat or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. like so…
bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes (mine took the full 15 minutes). they are going to be lightly browned on the edges but still be soft and actually look not quite done in the middle.
allow them to cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet and then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completed. then it’s time to dig into the gloriousness that is this giant m&m cookie.
get the recipe from the absolutely beautiful and super fun blog, how sweet it is.