Saturday, November 22, 2008

M&M Cookies

My weekend thus far has included being sick, writing a memo and being slightly less sick. Oh for it to be winter break. I'm especially looking forward to winter break because 2 days after my last final, my friends are hosting a Christmakkah party! I love the holidays! Good food, fun, and finally spending quality times with friends!
Perhaps I will bring these cookies to the holiday party. Joelen is hosting a cookie swap, and I think these would be perfect. They are M&M cookies from sophistimom. They are so simple and yet good. I made these at the boy's apartment, meaning without the help of an electric mixer of any sort. I put the boy and his friend to work beating the butter and sugar with just a wooden spoon. It took a while, but that is what manual labor is for. The making of the cookies with no kitchen gadgets is really a testimony to their true ease.
M&M Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 sticks room temperature butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla
1 regular package (2 ounces or 55g) M&M candies

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
3. With an electric mixer, cream the butter on high until smooth and light, about 2 minutes. Next add the sugar and continue beating until light in color and fluffy. With the speed on low, add eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Beat until smooth.
4. Turn off the mixer and scrape down sides of bowl. Turn the mixer to low and slowly add the dry ingredients. Mix until just incorporated.
6. Scoop out dough by 2 tablespoonfuls and place about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Press 5-8 M&M’s on each ball of dough. Flatten each ball of dough slightly with the bottom of a glass. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until barely golden brown on the edges.
7. Remove from oven and let rest on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

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