Santa Clause is coming to town! This year, my son has been eagerly anticipating Christmas! He's been on his best behavior all season long, even highlighted his gift list with fun as well as educational value, and of course wanted to leave Santa a batch of cookies for his long journey from the North Pole.
My dad bakes the best cookies and one of my patients gave me a great idea to make them kid fun by adding M&Ms to the mix!
1 cup unsalted butter
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup M&M candies (my Dad always suggests semisweet chocolate, so we used Dark Chocolate)
Melt the butter and set aside to cool slightly.
Mix together the flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Beat together the melted butter and both sugars on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla extract in small bowl. Reduce the mixer speed to low and slowly add the egg mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.
Gradually add the dry ingredients, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Refrigerate the dough for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Scoop the dough into 1½-ounce portions onto parchment-lined half sheet pans, 6-9 cookies per sheet. (My son tried to make cookie cutter designs but were had little success!)
Place 4-5 M&Ms on each cookie.
Bake for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Each of our M&M Sugar Cookies were unique! However, there were crumbs in front of the fireplace, so I think Santa enjoyed the batch! Happy Holidays!