It’s holiday baking season! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it’s always a fun time to make cookies. Here’s my childhood favorite recipe, called “party cookies” but you might just call them “M&M Cookies” if you aren’t bothered about trademarks.
I recently came across a cookbook produced by my 3rd grade class, and a copy of this recipe was my contribution. Whenever my mom or I were called upon to submit a recipe to a cookbook, this was our go-to. I don’t know where the recipe came from originally though.
- 1 cup shortening
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda *
- 1 tsp salt *
- 1 1/2 cups M&M’s plain or dark (3/4 lb package)
- Cream shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla thoroughly.
- Sift together flour, soda, & salt *
- Add dry ingredients gradually to creamed mixture and mix well.
- Stir in 1/2 cups M&M’s, reserving remainder for decoration.
- Drop by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Decorate tops with remaining M&M’s.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
Note: The recipe I have says it makes 6 dozen cookies, but I think I make them a bit larger than they intend, so I end up with about 3 dozen.
* If using self-rising flour, omit soda and salt.