Recipe: M&M Party Cookies

by Elizabeth on August 17, 2010 · 6 comments

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This recipe came out of my mother’s recipe box.  I consider this box the go-to place for the best desserts from the 70s and 80s.  She probably hasn’t cleaned it out in years, so every time I go digging in there, I find something new.  
These cookies are a favorite of mine, not just because the recipe came from some named Cookie.  Cookie’s cookies actually taste really good. 
As much as I wanted to, naming this recipe “Cookie’s Cookies” would have been a bit much for me.  So I stuck to their original name of “M&M Party Cookies”.  The original recipe calls for shortening, but I have a problem putting a cup of shortening in a cookie batter.  So I replaced it with butter.  
Because butter makes everything better.
What does it say about me that I have no problems putting a cup of butter in anything? 
M&M Party Cookies – 2-3 dozen cookies depending on size
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup M&Ms
Preheat oven to 375.  Line cookies sheets with parchment or spray with baking spray.
Sift together flour, soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.  Cream together butter and both sugars until creamy (about 3 minutes) with an electric mixer.  Beat in eggs until well blended.  Beat in vanilla.  Add flour mixture in three increments (to prevent making a mess), beating until just combined.  Mix in candy with a rubber spatula.
Drop by rounded tablespoons (or more for bigger cookies) onto prepared baking sheets.  Be careful not to overcrowd as the cookies will spread.  Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are brown.
Cook’s Notes: Sometimes I mix about 3/4 cup of candy into the batter and then press 3-4 pieces onto each cookie before they go into the oven.  The candies crack a little and it adds a nice effect.  Chocolate chips, nuts, or reese’s pieces make for great additions to this recipe.  
This post is linked to Tasty Tuesday

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1 Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet August 17, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Oh, my! THese have to be good with M&Ms! YUM!
Have a great day!


2 Country Gal August 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

I agree with you that butter makes everything better! Putting a few candies on the top before baking is a great hint!


3 Chiasa August 18, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I made these yesterday! I mixed white and wheat flour and only added about half the sugar, but it still turned out great and pretty!

Super Tasty!


4 Alea August 22, 2010 at 3:00 am

These look delicious! I am going to have to find a way to make these gluten free for my children!


5 risingwiththemoon September 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Just printed this recipe. I love M&M cookies! Can you also use Peanut M&Ms?


6 Denise September 4, 2011 at 10:00 am

I am glad to check your recipe, and I find out that the butter can be replaced. I rarely use shortening. THANKS!!!


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