2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup (130 grams) granulated white sugar
2/3 cup (140 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup (200 grams) M&M's® or Smarties® candies
M&M's® Cookies: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C). Place one oven rack in the top third of the oven, and one oven rack in the bottom third of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 - 3 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the egg and egg yolk, beating until well combined. Beat in the vanilla extract.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. (If batter is soft, cover and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes or until firm.)
Using a 1/4 cup (60 ml), an ice cream scoop, or two spoons, form batter into large balls. Place six balls of dough on each baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball of dough into a 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round. Completely cover the tops of the cookies with the M&M's® or Smarties®. Gently press the candies into the dough. Bake the cookies for about 14 - 17 minutes, rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time. The cookies are done when they are light golden brown in color and just set around the edges. They will still seem a little soft in the center but they will firm up as they cool. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
Makes about 15 large cookies.
M&M's® Cookies are so cool looking. I love how the candies are sitting right on top of each cookie rather than being buried in the dough like with a chocolate chip cookie. Kids especially like these giant cookies with their crisp edges and soft and chewy centers. The batter is actually a chocolate chip cookie batter, only we are replacing the chocolate chips with M&M's® candies.
M&M's® candies are small rounds of milk chocolate covered in a hard candy coating with an "M" printed in the center of each candy. They were the invention of Forrest Mars Sr. The story goes that Forrest Mars traveled to Spain during the Spanish Civil War and noticed that the soldiers were eating small rounds of milk chocolate that were covered with a hard sugar coating which prevented the chocolate from melting (aka Nestle Smarties® ). He decided to invent a similar type of candy with his partner, Bruce Murrie, who was the son of the president of Hershey chocolate company. The M&M's® name was the product of combining the first letters of their last names (Mars and Murrie's). M&M's® started production in 1940 and were actually part of American soldier's rations during the Second World War. By the late 1940s they were widely available to the public and were an instant hit. Fast forward to today and both M&M's® and Nestle Smarties® are still going strong. If you have tasted both you know that although they may look similar, their texture and taste are different as they each use their own brand of milk chocolate and the candy coatings are also different. Both, though, have yellow, red, green, blue, and orange colored candies, but Smarties® also has pink and purple candies. While I could talk all day about these two candies, what I will say is that I enjoy these cookies topped with either candy.
M&M's is a registered trademark of Mars, Incorporated.
Nestle Smarties is a registered trademark of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.