Monday, March 16, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Cookies

Hope these bring you luck

















Cookies have been and will likely always be my favorite thing to bake. I imagine my favoritism largely has something to due with the fact that cookies are one of my favorite things to eat. In addition they are easy, versatile, and always a crowd-pleaser. All these reasons are why I chose to use my green M&M's in a cookie. I had considered making a cake or brownies for St. Patrick's day, but in the end I went with cookies. I used my traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe and jut replaced half the chocolate chips with M&M's. You could definitely make these with any of the Holiday M&M's or you could just use regular M&M's because they are so good there is no need to wait for a holiday. If you do choose to make these cookies tonight or tomorrow for St. Patrick's day, I assure you they go well with beer :)

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 package vanilla instant Jell-O Pudding (not prepared)
1 dash of cinnamon
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/4 cup M&M candies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking soda, salt, package of vanilla pudding mix, and dash of cinnamon. In a second larger bowl beat together the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Slowly beat in the flour mixture until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M's. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Recipe makes between 4 and 5 dozen cookies.

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