Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Fat Chewy {M&M Cookies}

Sooo.... I wasn't actually planning on posting these cookies. I mean, I just kind of thew them together without thinking about it too much. But then they came out of the oven...

They were so beautiful. So colorful. So fat. So chewy. Everyone raved. My great aunt Jean proclaimed, with a cookie in each hand, that I was "making her into a big fat sow" only to add, "Wait... what is a sow?"

"I think it's a pig." said I.

"Oh, right. Well, that's me!"

Of course she can't really be a pig because, as we all know, pigs are not discerning when it comes to their slop, and Aunt Jean clearly knows a good cookie when she sees one. 

Now, by my reckoning, there are approximately four types cookies in this fine world: the thin chewies, the thin crispies, the fat cakeys, and the fat chewies. If you are a lover of crispy or cakey cookies, I would sincerely like to know... WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM???

As for me, I am a passionate chewy. Fat or thin depending on the mood. Maybe a little crispy on the edges when the stars are properly aligned. And M&Ms are always a bonus.

In these chubby little puppies, the chewiness is derived from the extra egg yolk, the corn starch, and all the brown sugar (no white in sight). This is just a simple recipe that doesn't call for different flours, browning butter, weird ingredients, or strange methods. I just mix it up in one bowl with one spoon. My only suggestion is that you do refrigerate the dough a little, even if you just throw it in the freezer while the oven preheats (though they would be even better if you refrigerate the dough overnight). I also like to save some M&Ms to stick on the top at the end to make them look pretty, but if you're too lazy, just forget it.

Bon appetite, my little sows.

The Fat Chewy {M&M Cookies}

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg + 1 yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 12-ounce package M&M’s Milk Chocolate Candies
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Beat together the butter and brown sugar until well combined. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Mix together the flour, starch, soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix just until combined. Add the chocolate chips and the M&M's (save some for the tops if you want to). Throw the dough in the refrigerator (over night is best, but at least until firm).
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Roll cookies to desired size and place on ungreased baking sheet a couple inches apart. Bake cookies for about 7-10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown. If you saved some M&M's, press them into the tops of the warm cookies.

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