Thursday, December 17, 2009

Chewy Christmas M&M Cookies (or Chocolate Chip)

I have finally managed to bake up some Christmas cookies! I love the way that the house smells when you bake anything, but cookies have a noticeable, take-you-back-to-childhood smell to them. I found this particular recipe on all recipes with 3,563 people giving it 4.5 stars, so I knew it would be a winner. It was simple and quick, which is always helpful when you're running around trying to get a TON of other things done at the same time. Before I packaged them up for family and co-workers, I of course had to taste test, and they are full of yummy Christmas cheer!

Chewy Christmas M&M (or Chocolate Chip) Cookies (from All Recipes)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used an entire bag of M&Ms)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy.

Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon.

Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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