Thursday, December 24, 2009

Santa Cookies

Ryan really enjoys cooking and baking with me, so I was really excited when I found these M&M Cookies on Sing for Your Supper (originally from King Arthur Flour). M&Ms? Cookies? Christmas? Score!

He helped me bake them first for a cookie exchange, and was really upset when they were all gone.

"But, Mommy... we need them for SANTA!"

I tried explaining that we would make more, that we had plenty of time... but he wasn't convinced.

We baked them again this afternoon to leave out tonight for Santa, and you could practically taste the relief from this kid when they were finished.

I altered them just slightly to include chocolate chips as well. I don't know if it's the addition of milk or what, but these are so delicious; I'm pretty sure Santa won't be able to resist leaving us some extra special surprises this year.

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, light or dark, packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tablespoons milk, optional
  • 1 cup Holiday M&M’s
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets, or line with parchment. Beat together the butter, sugars, salt, vanilla, baking soda, and baking powder until well combined.

Add the egg, beating until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and beat again until smooth.

Add the flour, mixing it in completely. Stir in the milk, then carefully stir in the M&M’s.

Drop the cookies by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2″ apart. A cookie scoop works well here.

Bake the cookies for 14 to 16 minutes, until they’re a light golden brown, and a bit darker around the edges.

Remove them from the oven, and cool right on the baking sheets.

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