They're chocolatey with a sugary confectionery shell. You know the Christmas commercial so well. They adorn many dishes where endless hands grab a handful to snack on. During Halloween, they're in the "fun size" packs with all the other Halloween candy. Yes, I am talking about M&Ms.
Now, I don't eat M&Ms. Actually, come to think of it, I don't buy candy and I tend to avoid eating it. So, it was no surprise that I did not have any on hand. Thus, I had to ask my mother to buy me a bag of M&Ms while she was out on her errands today. I didn't realize they were priced the way that they are! Another reason not to eat candy--not only does it affect your waistline, but it also affects your wallet.
These cookies were inspired by Kate of Diethood. Kate makes amazing dishes and desserts. Her pictures are always droolworthy. As you all know, I'm working backwards through my Foodbuzz Inbox. So, I finally got to the M&M cookies she made back in June. They looked so good that I vowed to make them.
The intentions were there but I automatically tweaked the recipe. It just happened! Totally unintentional. My mind just starts going and I just can't stop. It all started with this thought, "What goes well with chocolate? Ooh, coffee goes well with chocolate. Hmm, I wonder if I have some coffee liqueur in the cupboard." Sure enough, I did. So, it started with the addition of the coffee liqueur. Then, I also added wheat germ and ground flaxseed meal to the dry ingredients. Holy cow, Hester, what are you doing??!? Well, I just thought they'd add a nice nutty and nutritional aspect to the cookies.
Except for how they baked up, the cookies turned out lovely. They had a hint of coffee flavor but the M&Ms took over in chocolate flavor. The texture of the cookie was great. I made it two different ways. The first was making little tiny balls and baking them that way. I found that they did not spread like Kate's cookies did. The second way was to flatten a ball of dough in my hand and bake it that way. Those were obviously flatter cookies. My only reservation about the ones that came out poofy and round is that they'll be as hard as hockey pucks tomorrow. You know what I mean? They're soft and chewy 20 minutes out of the oven but overnight, they'll harden up. You know what I'm talking about. I've got them in an airtight container so, we'll see.
I highly encourage you to make these nutty and chocolatey treats. They are super simple to make. Thank you so much to Kate for the recipe and for the easy instructions! If you don't like M&Ms, I'd recommend substituting them with regular chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless as Kate has created a wonderful starter cookie dough for us :-)
M&M Coffee Cookies
Recipe adapted from Kate @ Diethood
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 cup wheat germ*
- 2 heaping tablespoons of ground flaxseed meal*
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon coffee liqueur (add another teaspoon if you'd like more coffee flavor)
- 1 1/4 cups M&Ms
1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda. *The wheat germ and flaxseed are totally optional to add. If you are incorporating them into this recipe, add them with the rest of the dry ingredients.*
3. Cream the sugars, shortening, eggs, vanilla extract, and coffee liqueur until smooth. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Cream again.
4. In batches, slowly add the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.
5. Fold in the M&Ms with a spatula.
6. My preferred method (the second method)--make a round ball and really flatten it between your hands. Place onto a lined baking sheet.
7. Bake the cookies for 9-11 minutes if rolling them into a ball or 12-13 minutes if flattening. See pictures for reference.
8. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, let the cookies sit for a few minutes and then transport them to a wire rack to cool completely.
|Again, the flaxseed meal and wheat germ are totally optional.|
|I love how Kate made this all one single step!|
|Creamy, baby :-)|
|Add the dry ingredients.|
|A wonderful base for any kind of cookie. These would probably be super tasty just as is!|
|I used plain milk chocolate M&Ms.|
|This is the first way that I made them.|
|You'd think they would have spread.|
|Alas, it was not meant to be. This is how big they got.|
|This was my second method. I cared not about prettiness.|