I have a slight fascination with M&M cookies. I think it all stems from snack time in elementary school. Parents would bring those peanut butter cheese crackers all the time (so yum), or boxes or raisins (whyyyyy?!), but sometimes, sometimes there would be that mom that sent cookies. And cookies, my friends, were fab.
But it didn’t stop there. Because there were those amazing days that my classmates would not just bring in cookies for snack time, but they would bring the cookies with the rainbow candies in the them. The cookies that exuded all things magical, fairies and unicorns. Those were the cookies that had an actual rainbow on the package itself, because those cookies just knew how special they were. Those were the cookies that came around only if you happened to be lucky.
Clearly I’m a bit nostalgic about them. So I made them. They’re not quite as magical as I remember. Most likely because the original had about 3 candied nestled on top, and therefore, much more appreciated. But these studded gems sure are fun, and tasty. Perhaps eat them in a sandbox for the full nostalgic effect? Or perhaps not.
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup + 1/4 cup M&M candies, divided
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Lined two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cream together butter and both sugars until well combined, and light in color. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together salt, baking soda and flour. Slowly add the flour mixture to butter mixture, with an electric mixer until thoroughly combined. By hand, fold in 1 cup of candies.
Scoop out tablespoon-sized balls of dough and place on baking sheet, ensuring that there is enough space between each cookie. Press in several of the additional candies on top. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are cooked-through and light in color. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.