Note from the Girl in the Apron:
One of my dearest friends adores M&Ms; she can never get enough of them. So when her birthday rolls around, M&M Cookies must make a sweet treat appearance. This recipe is so easy to whip up. Whether you’re hosting an after-school get together for your kids or a wine night with your girlfriends, this recipe will always be a crowd favorite. You can easily make these cookies in less than 30 mins. Have fun with them and use any variety of your favorite M&M candy!
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (unbleached if you have it)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups candy-coated milk chocolate pieces (such as M&M's© ), reserve 1/2 cup for decoration
In a large bowl, whip shortening, brown sugar and white sugar on medium-high speed for 2-3 mins. Add eggs one at a time. Be sure to scrape down your bowl. Mix in extracts. Add flour and baking soda to butter mixture. Blend well.
Gently fold in 1 cup chocolate candy.
Drop dough by teaspoonful onto parchment lined baking sheet. Smooth the edges and lightly flatten the tops of the dough. Slightly push a few candies on top of each dough ball with remaining 1/2 cup candies.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 10-12 minutes.