A friend of mine calls me her “personal pastry chef”. She is always asking me to make baked goods for her, especially when there is a party or event coming up. Her son’s birthday was this past Saturday so she asked me to make some cookies and bring them to the party. She said it was because he just loves my cookies, but I am really thinking his mommy loves them too! 😉
I chose these because I thought they were a good choice for a kid’s birthday party with the candy pieces making it look nice and festive. I’ve made these before and I typically am not a fan of using shortening in recipes, but after much trial and error making substitutions, I’ve found that the best way to make these is to just go ahead and use the shortening. These will make 3-4 dozen cookies depending on how big or small you make them. I usually make my cookies about 1”-1 1/2 “ just because I personally like a smaller cookie, plus they tend to keep their shape better and not run together. Make sure you do not skip the refrigeration step. This will save you a big headache in the long run. Also, remember to put the dough back into the refrigerator between batches.
One last word of caution….you will not be able to just eat one of these!! Enjoy!!
1 cup shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 ¼ cup flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 bag (12 oz) candy coated milk chocolate pieces (i.e. M&M’s)
- Thoroughly cream together shortening, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the dry ingredients, except the candy. Add to creamed mixture a little bit at time, beating on low and until well combined.
- Stir in the candy and cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate the cookie dough for at least an hour up to overnight.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- When ready to bake, drop the batter into 1” round balls onto the cookie sheet.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 8 minutes. Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and allow to sit for 2 more minutes before transferring the cookies to a cooling rack.