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Big Soft M&M Cookies

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Friday. Weekly reflections. COOKIES. More specifically, big soft M&M cookies.

It’s been a long time since I posted cookies on the blog. Welcome back, old friends. My coworker Lori shared this recipe with me after I tasted one of her cookies and begged her repeatedly for the recipe. I do that to people, so if you ever give me food, watch out. I will hunt you down.

Something you should know —> or not, but you’re here and I’m talking so let’s do it —> it’s NOT one of my more efficient habits, but I am the kind of person who reverse-fills in my calendar with the things I’ve already done. Like, did it, done, still gonna write it down. I just kinda like to analyze, even if it’s my random Tuesday tasks like grocery shopping and working out (wait, what’s that again?). Even if the things have already been said and done, I’ll go back and put it on my calendar just as proof that it actually happened. And then check mark them. Done. Accomplished. Getting things done. Ahhhhhh, check marks on a Friday.

Have another cookie.

In an effort to extend my backwards calendaring to the blog, here are some Instagram highlights from the week, comin atcha.

It snowed this week and I died of happiness every time I looked out the window. Minnesota may the be the second coldest place in all the Earth (no, LITERALLY) but it’s so incredibly beautiful. It gives me these little joyful chills when I look out onto our street. Get it? Chills? Yeah.

Snowy road.

Also beautiful: this in my lunchbox all week. I will never eat (vegetarian, in this case) chili without polenta ever again. Match made in heaven.

(Look for that recipe in ze eCookbook! It’s coming veryyyy soon!)

Food in two white bowls.

Still eating ohhhhhatmeal. Every day. Always.

Food in a white dish with a spoon.

The struggle between working almost full time as a teacher and working almost full time as a blogger has me… a little tired. But these little people are pops of brightness in my day and I really really ❤ them.

Paper with a note to a teacher.

The basement is my new home for eCookbook photos. So the basement is my home. So I’m freezing.

Artificial lights for food photography.

For four years of blogging, we’ve never done a podcast interview. But then all of a sudden, we did a bunch of podcast interviews. We only have one mic so we have to share it. Two mouths talking into one weird looking contraption. Please don’t imagine it; it’s awkward.


This roasty goodness never gets old. The salad that these little ones topped was one of my favorites of all time of the world of my life. I say that about every salad, though, so you don’t have to listen to me.

Sweet potatoes roasting on a black surface.

It’s the weekend! So snuggle with your loved ones and sleep in a little bit, yeah? That’s what I’m talking about.

Oh, here, take seventy for the road.

Big soft M&M cookies on a stack of white plates.
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Big Soft M&M Cookies


These big soft M&M cookies are just that: BIG AND SOFT. A quick and easy pick me up for any day. One of my favorite cookie recipes!


Units Scale
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (+ 2-3 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M’s


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla with electric mixers on low speed until well mixed.
  2. Add the 2 1/2 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.
  3. Roll into large balls (unless you want small cookies, and who are you anyways?) 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.


I always put a little extra flour in my cookies so they don’t get flat. But if you find that you get too much flour and they aren’t flattening at all (I may or may not have made this mistake) just press them down with the palm of your hand or the back of a wooden spoon so they are normal-cookie-shaped before you even bake them.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: m&m cookie, cookie recipe, m&ms, soft cookie

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Reverse-filling in the calendar = best! It always makes me feel so much more productive!
    These cookies. I need them. For breakfast. Is that ok?
    Big, soft, and m and m’s?!
    It’s Friday, so I think so.

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    These remind me of the cookies of my youth. I can’t wait to try them! That oatmeal with blackberries looks fab! I love oatmeal for breakfast too.

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Can I subsitute the shortening for something else? I’ve been looking to make some cookies with my son this weekend, and these are the best ones for him coz he loves cookies but he LOVES m&ms. I’m very excited to try these and see his face when they come out of the oven!
    I didn’t know I was backfilling my to-do list (not my calendar) until you just asked. Its so good to see a bunch of things crossed off!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Spectrum has a palm shortening that would be a better alternative to vegetable oil shortening. You could try butter, but it will change the cookie texture.

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Haha – that’s exactly what I do. Hunt people down for a recipe as soon as I have evaluated it (after taking my first bite :). Can’t wait to sink my teeth into this cookie perfection!!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Squeal!!!!! Oh my word these brought back memories! My sister and I used to DEVOUR a store bought version of these. My dad always made sure he had these in stock when we came to visit. Making these for a trip down epicurean memory lane. Thanks Lindsay!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Love, love, love, Soft M&M Cookies! I can’t wait to give these a try. I live where it doesn’t snow, and always sigh when I see beautiful pictures of it. Thanks for sharing yours.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Teaching and blogging are all consuming…I get it. 🙂

    I agree. Many hate on winter, but I love it. Chicago winters are just as gorgeous. Despite the -40 Polar Vortex or whatever.

    I’d love to hear more about your teaching life!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Nom nom nom, can’t wait to try these cookies although shortening kinda gives me the heebie jeebies! Can’t wait for your ecookbook – will i be able to print it out? I’m not one of e-copies – esp for recipes.

    On another note, love that you reverse fill in planners. Planners are always great to keep – I keep mine for years. It helps when I am scrap booking something from one/two years ago and can’t remember the order of events in a given season! xo

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      You can use butter in place of shortening if you don’t like it and you will have the same result

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Two things immediately happened while reading this post. “Oh yeah, I haven’t reverse-filled my to-do list yet.” I do it with calendars AND to-do lists, because I like to feel accomplished.

    Second thing: I ate a chocolate chip cookie after seeing your picture. It’s not even 9am here (in CA), and I just ate breakfast. This is a problem.

    P.S. Release date for this much-anticipated ecookbook?

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I don’t need this kind of temptation in my life and why do I have all of the ingredients to make these right now. Looks so freaking good!

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I have been searching for a chewy M&M sugar cookie for years! My husband is obsessed and super picky, but I think these are going to be IT!

    And I reverse fill in my to-do list too, btw. Or pad it. Yup. Love crossing things off. Love it.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo

    The best part of a to-do list (or calendar) is crossing off stuff, so I definitely add things just for that purpose.

    I got calendars for my boys when they were born to keep track of milestones & things. I definitely just filled out the whole thing after they turned one. Thank goodness for posting annoying mommy things on Facebook!

    And now I know what I’m going to do this weekend! Sleep, and make then eat tons of these cookies!