Recipe: Giant M&M Cookies

by Cate on August 9, 2011

Extra Large M&M Cookies
Judging by the comments from the cookie batter picture here yesterday, and on Flickr and in my e-mail box, you guys are in need of some sweets. STAT.  I’m here to help.

If you’re a regular reader, you might know how seriously the O’Malley family takes our rainbows.  Which is why you can understand that I take a teensy bit of umbrage that these cookies were originally called Giant Rainbow Cookies.

Colorful they are.

But M&Ms does not a rainbow make.

I do, however, think it would be pretty awesome if the M&Ms crew came out with a rainbow colored pack.

I mean, why the heck not?

You can already order and personalize them with any color you want.

It would be super cool.

And we would certainly be supportive of such a thing.

Back to the cookies.

They were giant.  And we do so love a giant cookie.  Or a monster cookie.  Same thing, right?

The super-size-ness just seems to make them that much more fun.

Because of the unusual method when putting the dough on the cookie sheet, the insides of the cookies are ultra-soft even after they’ve cooled.  And the next day too.

And we do so love that.

And the dough?

Crazygood raw.  I may or may not know that from personal experience.

Last night, we each had a cookie, and then one went to work for a co-worker, and then some were packaged up for Mystic and his kids.  On the way home from an appointment this afternoon, Nick asked about the cookies.  Demanded I count off how many had been distributed, to make sure there were still some at home for him when we got there.

There were.

The recipe says 18 large cookies, using a 1/4 cup measure.  I got 13, and my cups weren’t even close to 1/4 cup full.  So be warned if you want more.  Or like the original 18.  Maybe make them smaller (way less fun) or double the recipe (our vote!).

But either way, official rainbow or not, 13 or 18, bake these babies up.

Tomorrow?  Joyful stuff.

Thursday?  That recipe for the chicken casserole.  Which is more aptly named Cheesy Chicken Strata.  My bad.


PS – Did you notice that spiffy new “follow me on Pinterest” button on the sidebar?  I’m pretty stoked that I figured out how to add that there all by myself.  You can reward me by going to follow me, so I can check out your boards too.  My friend Beth is addicted to the point that she wakes up thinking about things she has to pin.  Yeah, it’s that cool.  You need an invite to join, so drop me a line at cate AT sweetnicks DOT com if you need a hook-up.

August 9, 2011 – Bonus Photos
Friendship Bracelets
Nick is on a friendship bracelet kick. It always gets a resurgence with summer camp. The string kind. And the plastic lanyard kind. I’m not a big fan of the latter. Mostly because I haven’t figured out a good way of making the knots stay put for him. Is there a secret?  The other kind, the old school kind if you will, I have a soft spot for. You know, ’cause they remind me of when I was young and stuff. This purple, pink and white one was on its way to his sister.

Dunkin Donuts Misfire
I would love to get a peek at Dunkin’ Donuts corporate training program. Because I am convinced that there is ZERO training when it comes to new product knowledge. We have five DDs within a 7 mile radius and they are all unilaterally the same. You ask for something new and they have no idea it exists. Caramel Almond Iced Coffee? The quizzical look follows. “You know, like THIS PICTURE YOU HAVE HERE?” More quizzical looks. Today I tried to order the Mocha Turtle Praline something or other. The man had no idea what it was and asked me way too many questions about it. How the heck should I know? I don’t WORK AT Dunkin’ Donuts. I swear I didn’t say that but I was totally thinking it. I think Nick holding his head in his hands and lightly beating the counter with it might have been a clue though. Corporate peeps? PLEASE introduce your employees to your new product launches. Let them try it. Teach them the ingredients. And better still, how to make it. ‘Tis good for customer service. I promise.

Giant Rainbow Cookies
Recipe courtesy of How Sweet Eats

makes 18 large or 36 small cookies

2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) of salted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mini m&m’s (or something else that you love)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the butter and sugars until they are combined (and look like the first picture above). Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Gradually add flour and mix until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together. I even used my hands to help at one point. Fold in the m&m’s.

Divide the dough how you choose (1/4 cup portions for 18 large cookies or 2 tablespoon portions for 36 smaller cookies). Shape each portion into a ball with your hands then pull each ball into two equal pieces. Turn each half so that the rough side of the half (what used to be the inside of the ball) faces upwards and then squish both halves together. Place the dough rough-side up on a baking sheets. If you’re doing large cookies, I’d leave about 2 inches in between each.

Bake for 12-15 minutes (large cookies) or 8-12 minutes (small cookies) or until the edges are slightly brown. The centers should be
soft and puffy. Do not over bake. Let cool completely then dig in!

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AnnMarie August 9, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Thank you thank you thank you for putting this recipe up. I’m not sure if you noticed but you are the 4th blog (that I follow) that has featured m&m cookies! I’ve been craving them like crazy this week! (being 6 months preggo doesn’t help I’m sure). I tried finding this recipe on HOw sweet it is but couldn’t find it earlier this week. And then lo – and behold you have featured her recipe! Ha funny how things work out! Anyhow! They were so super easy to make and sooooo scrumptious!

Thanks again!



Giahnna August 9, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I’m quite sure that I shouldn’t be announcing this to the world…but I have been checking this site ALL DAY for this recipe! I’m going on a trip this weekend & I wanna make some to take (for my own secret stash of course, lol)! THANK YOU so very much for sharing…the recipe sounds rather easy, hope mine turn out great!!! THANKS again!


Joanne August 10, 2011 at 6:21 am

M+M cookies are up there for me with chocolate chip cookies…especially if they’re giant. Can we all write to the M&M corporation and inquire about a rainbow package? Start a petition?


beth August 10, 2011 at 7:01 am

None of the DD near my house or office understand what “extra skim” means. It does not mean, for example, to wave the skim milk in the vicinity of my iced coffee and call it done. Or to pour in a spoonful when I come back to the counter after dumping out a couple of inches of what you sold me. Starbucks may cost more, but they let me add my own milk. And i never get it wrong!


The Neighbor Wife August 10, 2011 at 8:58 am

I’m still waiting for my invite to Pinterest. :)

Oh, about the DD. That’s why the “good” coffee place. Um Starbucks doesn’t franchise. You would think DD would have better communication to their franchise owners. We’re going to see if we can get one over here by the office. I’ll let you know.


Ramona August 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

I’m sure those cookies made every body happy.


patsy August 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

giant cookies? I am so going to have to make these!

too funny about DD… when I picked up the caramel almond iced coffee, I was in NYC not local…. sounds like they need some serious training!


Susan August 7, 2013 at 6:47 pm

Hi, I’m trying to get the recipe for the M&M cookies. I’d love to make them this week, but cant seem to find out how. So if you don’t mind sharing it, I would be grateful. Thanks!


Susan October 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Hi, I am so confused. I found the photo of the Giant M&M cookies and can’t find the recipe. This page just talks about them and doesn’t show the recipe. I posted on here back in Aug. but nobody got back to me. So could someone please email me this recipe? I’m just dying to try them. Thanks again~


Cate October 6, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Sorry! There was a glitch with a recipe plug-in I was using; post updated to include the recipe. Enjoy!


Susan October 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

Thanks so much!


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