These cookies are a favourite in our house. They rarely stay uneaten for long enough to lose their oven-fresh warmth. But that’s not a surprise, because who wouldn’t love a warm cookie filled with melted m&m’s?
These are fun and easy to make, great to get the kids in the kitchen to help make (and eat) them.
This recipe is actually half the original recipe, but it makes about 12 large cookies, so if you need more than that, feel free to double it.
125g soft salted butter
1/2 cup white caster sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/4 plain flour (all purpose)
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 cup M&Ms (or Smarties or chocolate chunks etc.)
AND 1 extra handful of M&Ms
Line two baking trays/sheets with baking paper and preheat the oven to 180°C (350° F).
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars.
Beat the egg lightly in a separate bowl and add to the mixing bowl a bit at a time while beating lightly.
Mix in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sieve together the flour and bicarb.
Adding a little at a time, mix the flour into the batter to form a thick, sticky dough.
Stir the M&Ms into the dough with a large spoon.
Scoop up tablespoons of the dough and shape into balls with your hands.
Place them 5cm apart on the baking sheets.
Use your handful of M&Ms to add about 3 or 4 to the tops of each dough ball.
Place in the preheated oven for about 6 – 8 minutes (or less if you have a really good oven). Remember to switch the baking trays’ positions half way through if you’re not using a fan-assisted oven.
The cookies are ready when the outer rim is lightly browned but the centre is still pale. Don’t over-bake them! You want to err on the side of under-baked so they can be nice and chewy.
Allow the cookies to firm up on the baking sheets before moving them to a wire rack to cool.
If you’d like a hardcopy, here’s the recipe in printable form: