Big, soft, chewy M&M cookies that not only look fantastic, but taste even better!
I’ve realized something this week: I spend a ridiculous amount of time at the grocery store, especially in the baking isle. Although I know every ingredient’s location by heart, I tend to stare at the groceries for about 10 minutes, hoping a magical new ingredient will pop out from the shelves and give me creative ideas for my next new dessert. The workers there keep asking if I need any help finding something. I’m sure they think I’m weird.
You know what else I’ve realized? When it comes to ingredients I like to bake with, I’m a sucker for deals. I even go after the bad ones, like “Buy 3 and enter a competition to win a trip around the world!” or “Buy 17 bags of M&Ms and get one free!”, which is exactly what happened this week, by the way. Ok, maybe not 17 bags, but still more than I needed. Thank goodness there are cookies for just this kind of occasion! You can add ANYTHING to a good cookie batter and it will taste delicious. Even bacon.
So let’s talk about that good cookie batter recipe – this recipe. It produces soft, chewy, and ridiculously delicious cookies. These cookies are also big. They’re not giant, but they are big enough to stop my cookie craving – and this is me we’re talking about. Of course you can make them smaller, but why would you want to?
In my chocolate chips cookies post, you’ll find all the information you need about the secrets to making perfect cookies and why this recipe works – although it’s based on Baking Illustrated’s recipe, so of course it works!
If you like thick cookies, then please please please don’t skip the step of chilling the dough. This specific recipe uses melted butter, so the dough is really soft. I know it’s hard and not very fun to wait, but it’s worth it. With that being said, of course you can bake the cookies right away, but they might spread out more than if you had chilled them.
If you like soft cookies, don’t wait for the cookies to appear dry before taking them out of the oven. Even if they look extremely soft, they will firm up once cooled. The middle should appear under baked with the edges having just begun to brown. This makes all the difference in the world between a crunchy cookie and soft, chewy goodness.
- 2 cups (280 grams or 10 ounces) all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks or 170 grams) butter, melted
- 1/2 cup (100 grams or 3.5 ounces) granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (150 grams or 5.3 ounces) brown sugar (preferably dark)
- 1 large egg , plus 1 egg yolk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup (200 grams or 7 ounces) M&M’s
- In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, place the melted butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Whisk until well combined. Whisk in the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined; do not over mix. Fold in M&Ms.
- Chill the dough for a minimum of 2 hours, preferably 6 hours or overnight (or up to 3 days).
- Preheat oven to 325F/165C. Line pans with parchment paper.
- If the cookie dough is hard to handle, leave it on the counter for a few minutes to soften.
- Drop rounded balls of dough, around 3 tablespoons in size each, onto prepared baking sheet. Press extra M&Ms into the tops. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies begin to brown at the edges and the center is still soft. Cookies will appear undone but will continue to bake on the warm baking sheet. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- Cookies can be frozen for up to 2 months.