Is it still too early to be thinking about Valentines Day? I don’t know about you guys, but I need something to get me through the month of January. It’s just that January is somewhat of a boring month. There are no holidays to celebrate. The days are long and dark. And there is a lot of snow, at least in New England. So I obviously start looking ahead and baking festive desserts for Valentines Day. I started with these soft M&M cookies. I love M&M cookies, especially the giant ones you get at places like Panera. Everything is better with chocolate and that is certainly the case with these cookies.
These cookies use cornstarch, which makes them incredibly soft inside. If you have never tried using cornstarch in your cookies, you should definitely try this recipe. Trust me, you will be looking for other recipes to make using this secret ingredient. I made these cookies for Valentines Day so I used special pink and red M&M’s for the occasion. Feel free to use regular M&M’s or even chocolate chips instead.
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and diced into cubes
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 large egg yolk
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 (11 oz) bag M&M's
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and sugar until light and creamy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk, mixing until combined after each addition. Add the vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined.
- Stop the mixer and add the M&M's. Mix with a spatula until incorporated into the batter. Scoop out cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.