m&m cookies!

i found myself in a baking mood late last night.  the result?  m&m cookies!  this recipe has been in my recipe book for ages, and whenever i flip past it i always wonder how i obtained it.  there’s no author, no web url, nothing.  just ingredients and instructions written on a piece of college-lined notebook paper.

regardless of how and when i got it, i decided they would make the perfect labor day weekend treat.  rather simple, this recipe makes a bucketful of cookies that would be great for a crowd, the office, or even a college football tailgate (go dawgs!).

ingredients

1 cup shortening (like crisco shortening, not oil or butter)

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 1/4 cups plain flour

1 bag of m&ms (12 ounces, anymore and you’ll have more candies than batter!)

instructions

cream together the shortening and sugars using an electric blender.

add the vanilla and the eggs and beat until mixed.

in a separate bowl, mix the salt, baking soda, and flour.  then, slowly incorporate into egg mixture with blender.

using a spoon (not the mixer!) fold in the m&ms and stand back at take a look at what a beautiful thing you’ve made.

the cheeriest cookie batter there ever was!

the cheeriest cookie batter there ever was!

dollop the cookie batter on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees fahrenheit.  let cool before storing.

then!  because you have extra batter and what to be a little cray on a friday night, make one giant cookie the size of your face!  🙂

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brookies

today we hosted our first cookie swap at the office, and oh my, what fun it was!  we all brought a couple dozen cookies and recipes to exchange and had the best time making ourselves nearly sick on chocolate and sweets.

i made brownie cookies, aka brookies.  i have no clue where i found this recipe originally, but i’ve had it for years and consider it one of my favorites.  they are brownie-textured but cookie-shaped and so divine and fairly easy.  i didn’t take any action shots for you, for i was a bit tired at midnight last night when i was whipping up these bad boys.  i do, though, have the recipe!

ingredients

1 Tablespoon canola oil

1 teaspoon unsalted butter

2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks (52-62% cacao)

2 large eggs

3/4 cup light brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

directions

preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.

in a microwave-safe bowl, melt oil, butter, and one cup of the chocolate for 2.5-3 minutes, stirring at 1-minute intervals.  let cool.

in another bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla until combined.

fold melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.

whisk together the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

combine the flour mixture with the chocolate mixture and then fold in the remaining chocolate chunks.

freeze the batter in a shallow pan (such as a pie plate) 6-8 minutes until it sets and hardens slightly.

line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.  scoop about 10 Tablespoons of batter onto each sheet.

bake 11-12 minutes, until the tops look dry and cracked.  cool completely.

malted milk chocolate chip cookies

even though i’ve had no work today in observance of labor day, i’ve been quite productive.  i caught up on sleep, cleaned up the house, did laundry, ran to the grocery store, and wrote some wonderful posts for you lovely people.  i also got domestic and baked some homemade malted milk chocolate chip cookies.  they’re one of my favorites, and they’re even better when you dollop on a huge scoop of ice cream and freeze them for your own sandwiches.  quite delicious!

here’s the recipe for all you bakers out there:

ingredients

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup golden brown sugar

3/4 cups white sugar

2 whole eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup malted milk powder

12 ounces milk chocolate chips

directions

preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

cream butter with electric mixer.

add both sugars and cream until fluffy.

add eggs and beat lightly.

add vanilla and beat until combined.

add malted milk powder and beat until combined.

sift together flour, baking soda, and salt.  add to butter mixture, beating gently until just combined.

add chocolate chips and stir in gently with spatula.

drop by tablespoon-fuls and bake 11-12 minutes.