The Baker Upstairs: Valentine M&M Cookies

2.06.2021

Valentine M&M Cookies

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These Valentine M&M cookies are totally irresistible! They're so easy to make and so delicious!
It's weird how pandemic life goes by so slowly and yet so fast. I can hardly believe that Valentine's Day is almost here already, and yet it feels like a million years have passed since last Valentine's Day. I think the endless days of staying home in my sweatpants and binge-watching The Office have just made me lose all sense of time. Since Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday, it would be a total shame to let it pass without posting a few fun Valentine's recipes!

I make M&M cookies all year round because they're a favorite with my kids, but these ones are extra special because they have Valentine's colored M&M's. Everything tastes better when it's festive colored, right? :) The cookie dough base is my tried-and-true chocolate chip cookie recipe. If you haven't made it yet, you should just know - it's the best!
You can make the cookies whatever size you choose, but I love scooping them with a 3 tablespoon scoop (about the size of an ice cream scoop) so they're huge and thick. I can fit eight cookies per cookie sheet, and it's important to give them space because they'll expand quite a bit as they cook. To make them extra delicious, I like to give them a little sprinkle of Maldon salt  before baking (feel free to use whatever finishing salt you like) but if that's not your jam, you can definitely leave it out. 
The cookies are done when they're just lightly browned around the edges. Don't overcook them! They'll still be a little puffy on top, but as they cool they will flatten out a little more and have the perfect soft texture in the middle, while still being crisp on the outside. So yummy!
The dough for these cookies freezes really well (you can look at my tips for freezing cookie dough here), so I usually bake one sheet of cookies and then freeze the rest of the dough. I scoop it into balls before freezing so that it's easy to bake up some cookies whenever I need them (which, let's face it, is basically daily). These cookies are so good, and they're the perfect way to get a little festive for Valentine's Day!
Valentine M&M Cookies

12 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cups chocolate chips
2 cups valentine M&M's
1 teaspoon Maldon salt (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment or silicone. In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract, and mix until combined. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and mix to form a soft dough. Gently fold in the chocolate chips and M&M's  Scoop the dough onto the prepared baking sheet using a large cookie scoop (I used this 3 tablespoon scoop). Sprinkle with Maldon salt if desired. Bake 12-13 minutes, or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.

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