I just started a new job at a PR firm, which is really two jobs in one for the first month or so while I temporarily replace a staffer for one of our clients, so I am using my weekend to catch up. That means two posts in two days. I was in the mood for m&m cookies, but didn’t want a monster cookie with peanut butter or oats. I found this recipe and was sold. The proportions make sense and I knew it would be a plump, soft cookie. I also call these ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People Cookies.’ I’ll be dropping these off at both offices tomorrow morning as a way to ease into the work week. After Memorial Day, it’s always difficult to go back for a full week after a short one.
I also never use shortening, but I gave it a shot for these. You only live once and I was interested to see how the cookie turned out compared to using butter.
Recipe via Pinch of Yum
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 cup shortening
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1½ cups M&M’s (I used four bags of m&m’s from the grocery checkout, but could have used more)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla until well mixed.
Add the 2½ cups flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined; I found it easiest to finish this by hand. Add the extra tablespoons of flour until the dough feels thick and almost dry to the touch. Stir the M&M’s into the dough.
Roll into large balls and press extra M&M’s into the tops. Flatten slightly with your palm or the back of a wooden spoon.
Bake for 8-10 minutes (they will be slightly underbaked).Remove from cookie sheet right away and place on cooling rack. Let stand for 5-10 minutes to help the cookies hold their shape.
5 LINKS FOR THE WEEKEND
In college I compiled a daily e-newsletter of the top five news stories and sent it to a distribution list. This was short lived, but I loved doing it. This was pre-Skimm, so who knows what would’ve happened if I had stayed with it. This is my modified version of five articles that caught my attention this week.
1. David Brooks’ Moral Bucket series has been food for thought. While I don’t always agree with him, this one hit me about living a small life and being content.
“Perhaps,” she concludes, “the mission is not a mission at all. … Everywhere there are tiny, seemingly inconsequential circumstances that, if explored, provide meaning” and chances to be generous and kind. Spiritual and emotional growth happens in microscopic increments. – The Small Happy Life, NYTimes
Winnie hopes you had a good weekend!
I found this on Instagram and the message is worth sharing. Here’s to blue elephants, red elephants, and purple elephants.