Rainbow M&M Cookies


Little Things I Want to Accomplish in 2013

Go to Disneyland in part for the rides, but mostly for the beignets

Try a brand new restaurant — or new cuisine

Cut my hair into a pixie!

Get another tattoo, preferably of food because I’m silly like that

Attempt to jog once a month

Get back into dance classes. I’m dying for some ballet action!

Go on a road trip (see Disneyland)

Eat my way through Austin in June(!!!)

Make blogging a full-time job

^^ and on that note, somehow win the lottery, gain magical powers, and fly on a unicorn

Oh, and eating whatever I wanted without caloric consequences would be badass

Do good to others–like buying a stranger’s drink or bringing my neighbors’ some goodies–whenever I can

Spend more time giving Mannie belly-rubs

Continue my flossing obsession. Seriously–2012 happened and now I’m ALL about flossing. I’m obsessed. My dentist will be thrilled at my check-up!

Get into wine tasting. It looks so snazzy.

Make–and eat–more classic desserts. Classic cakes, classic pies, classic cookies. Like these M&M cookies.

At my work, we sell cookies from a local bakery and their M&M cookie is my favorite. The base is so soft and buttery and complements the sweet, candy-coated chocolates studded throughout each huge cookie. I especially love warming them up in the microwave for a couple seconds, savoring each gooey bite nice and hot 🙂

DSC_0037And with the holidays, I had a couple days off of work but the craving for some cookies, so I whipped these bad boys up. Don’t mean to toot my own horn or anything, but the base of these cookies is absolutely perfect. The dough produces THE perfect cookie: soft and slightly underbaked in the middle, yet chewy and lightly crisped along the outer edges. Using dark brown sugar enhances and deepens the flavor of these, but if I’m out of dark brown sugar, I’ll substitute the vanilla extract for vanilla bean paste to warm up and bring out that deep, rich flavor.

And helloooo, M&M’s are awesome. And mini ones are even better. Thus, these cookies are kind of like the edible equivalent on the awesome scale as riding a unicorn.

DSC_0036Rainbow M&M Cookies *adapted from my Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Caramel Filled Cookies recipe 

Rainbow M&M Cookies
Recipe type: Cookies
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Serves: 24
One of my favorite cookie recipes. And it'll be yours too!
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar (can use light)
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 & ¼ cups miniature M&M's
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, cornstarch and salt, and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat together the butter and sugars until creamy, about a minute. Beat in the egg and vanilla to combine.
  2. Gradually add flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition. Once dough has come together, stir in the miniature M&M's. Chill the dough for 30 mins-1 hour.
  3. While the dough chills, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line two cookie sheets with silicone liners or mist lightly with cooking spray. Once dough has chilled, drop rounded Tablespoonfuls of dough on the baking sheets about 1" apart. Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, rotating pans halfway through bake-time, or until light golden in color and centers are just about set--they'll continue cooking on the baking sheet.
  4. Cool the cookies on the sheets about 5-10 minutes before carefully transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Store cookies airtight, at room temperature, for about 5 days.


DSC_0032These cookies will not disappoint! Fat, puffy, chewy and satisfying, each buttery golden bite is studded with fun, rainbow chips of chocolate. This cookie doesn’t have my usual rebellious bells and whistles, but sometimes, you need something simple and comforting and this does the trick every time.

Happy Thursday!

xo, Hayley


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  1. I think we have a lot of similar resolutions! I wish you had Disney World on the list because I’d beg you to go in February when I’ll be there. I need to get back into jogging, I’ve totally wimped out in the cold weather. Who wants to be cold when you can sit around eating these glorious cookies?

  2. I like you list, I have some similar items on my to do list. I’m going to add making these cookies to my list. I’m ready for regular, un-holiday M & M’s cookies! I

  3. These cookies look like my perfect cookie Hayley! And they are so cute with the rainbow M&Ms!

  4. oh i am soooo making these. m&m cookies are the best!!

  5. I much like your list of accomplishments, especially the Disneyland one. I love, love Disneyland:) Oh, and wine tasting, you have inspired me to try this out! Your cookies look amazing and I just bought a bunch of mini M&M’s. YAY! I think the children will love me today.

  6. I am now craving cookies. . .thanks a lot, Hayley! 🙂 I love M&M cookies and these look perfect with those gooey, chewy centers!

  7. Love your list of resolutions. I am thinking of cutting my hair into a pixie cut too! DO IT!
    Those cookies look great! Between the death by chocolate cookies and these I think im going to be experiencing some major sugar highs!!

  8. I love your list. haha. And you are destroying my new year’s resolution to eat less cookies by tempting me with these! LOL

  9. Erm… Yum much. Definitely going to be trying these bad boys!

  10. can’t wait to see the pixie cut Hayley! These cookies are just like my own Rainbow M&M Cookies. I love how buttery and soft they are. I overstuffed mine with mini M&Ms… love it.

  11. You crack me up! I am dying for another tat! Have you been to Cafe Du Monde in NOLA for beignets? omg crack-like delish. Can’t wait for Austin! I love these cookies, you can pretty much count on my Mom to have a batch of M&M cookies in her freezer at all times.

  12. I love, love, LOVE M&M cookies and these look PERFECT!! Oh, and top on my 2013 list? Eating my way through Austin with you! 🙂

  13. Love these cookies!! They are one of my favs, and a classic for a reason!
    You have a great list of things to do in 2013, I am all about the calorie not counting thing 🙂

  14. A Disneyland trip sounds fantastic! M&M cookies do too…and are maybe more realistic 🙂

  15. These look really good! I might have to copy down the recipe for future use at our Plantation Bed and Breakfast! You should consider entering our First Annual Cookie Contest this month! You could win $100 and become the Official Cookie at Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast, Birthplace of James Madison!


  16. I love your goals! And I can’t wait to hit Austin WITH you. 🙂 These cookies…where are mine? 😉

  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE the goals! We just got back from Disney – but I didn’t get any Beignets – I guess I’ll just have to make them. I SO hope to be going to Austin in June – fingers crossed it works somehow

    oh – I love the cookies too – SO cheery

  18. These are SO fun!!

  19. i love that you’re making classic desserts! everyone loves classics and i love a good rainbow mm cookie on my plate 🙂

  20. These sound awesome! I have a base cookie dough recipe that I LOVE, but I think I have to try yours now…you’ve convinced me!! 🙂

  21. first picture=adorable. I can’t get enough of those straws. thank you for encouraging my obsession.
    As for the new cuisines, Indian and Thai are basically the best things ever. Have you had?

  22. LOL!

    “Make blogging a full-time job
    ^^ and on that note, somehow win the lottery, gain magical powers, and fly on a unicorn”

    ^^ ME TOO! : )


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