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I don’t bake. Well, I didn’t until recently. You see, everything I make from scratch when it comes to baking fails. I can cook just about any gourmet dish with ease. I can grill. I make all of my sauces from scratch. But I just can’t bake! It’s a shame because baked goods always put smiles on the faces of my family and I’d like to think I’m the kind of person that could put a smile on the faces of others with tasty homemade treats. So lately, I’ve been experimenting and I’ve found what works for me. When it comes to baking, I’m a semi-homemade chef. As in, boxed cake and cookie mixes are pretty much a fabulous invention that even I can’t mess up, PLUS I can dress them up with my babies’ favorite candy ever, M&M’s, to give them that homemade flair.
These cookie “recipes” would be perfect for your next office party, classroom parties, or to gift to family, friends, or any of the friendly service workers in your life. AND they won’t take you a million hours to bake but they still have that homemade taste and look about them. I bought chocolate cookies in a box, peppermint frosting, Plain Milk Chocolate M&M’s of course, eggs, no-salt butter, and my first ever cookie pan. Like the real deal cookie pan. No more cookies baked on tinfoil. It’s time to get serious about this.
Simply bake the cookies according to the package directions and then get ready to get creative. I promise, no cookies were burned (nor harmed in any way) during Operation OH-NO Christy’s trying to bake again. And they turned out great!
I decided to make a variety of cookies in an effort to please everyone because that’s what I do. I started with M&M Sandwich Cookies and iced cookies.
For the sandwich cookies, I just took 2 equal sized cookies, frosted the flat side of each one, then put them together and garnished with M&M’s all the way around. For the iced cookies, I spread frosting all over the top, sprinkled some peppermint for a festive flair and then topped them with M&M’s. Are you seeing a trend here?
Bubby tested one of the sandwich cookies for me and I think he might have heard the angels sing. He declared this the “best cookie EVER”. This pleased me since I will be gifting most of the cookies we made.
Next up…M&M Whoopie Pies. That’s right, everyone’s favorite. I baked half of these cookies with M&M’s placed on top then simply iced the flat end of the non-candied cookie and sandwiched them together for the perfect whoopie pie. Easy, delicious, and fun!
By the time I was done, I had plenty of varieties of cookies ready for sharing. There were of course the sandwich cookies, iced cookies, and whoopie pies. But there were Chocolate M&M Cookies, dipped cookies, and glazed cookies as well. This glazing thing was a new concept to me and I think I dig it. Simply put the frosting (directly in the container it comes in) and melt it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. It comes out very smooth and creamy. You can either dunk one side of the cookie in and garnish with your favorite toppings, or you can dip the top half of your cookie in there and do the same. The “dunk” looks like it has been dipped in milk and covered with goodness and would be a great idea to leave out for Santa this year. The glazed reminds me of a gingerbread cookie.
The key ingredient to all of our cookies was M&M’s. This is what gave it that personal touch and these are what makes these cookies taste so amazing. Bubby said so! You can find all of the M&M varieties in the candy aisle at your local Walmart. Bubby’s favorite are the Plain Milk Chocolate M&M’s and Bug loves the Peanut M&M’s best.
And in the spirit of the holidays, I made about 3 dozen cookies. Why? My family can’t eat 3 dozen cookies (OK, they can, but I won’t let them) so I packaged some up for shipping to a friend, I’m sending some to work with B, and I’ve got a Fed X package on the way so I plan on making my Fed X delivery person smile with a sweet treat of appreciation. It’s all about giving. Not just during the holidays either. Make someone smile today with the gift of #BakingIdeas inspired by M&M’s. And shhhh…don’t tell anyone my secret. Semi-homemade actually is homemade technically. I mean, I did make them at home, right?
For more baking with M&M’s inspiration, be sure to check out the Baking with M&M’s Pinterest Board. You better get your bib on though, because you’re going to be drooling!