Saturday, February 14, 2015

M&M Cookie Cake

I have to start this post by giving credit where credit is due, and that's to my Mother-in-law. :) She gave me this cookie dough recipe. I tweaked it just a tad and made it my own. Since Valentine's Day is coming up, I figured it would be fun to try out my new heart-shaped pan that I bought. This one came from Aldi.

The recipe my mother-in-law gave me is for chocolate chip cookie bars. I subbed m&ms instead of chocolate chips, and instead of a 11x17 pan, I used this heart shaped pan. Here's how I made the cookie cake.
2 1/2 Cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cups brown sugar
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
8 oz. M&M's
Pre-heat oven to 325 degreees. Start by mixing the softened butter, vanilla, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together. I used my Kitchen Aid Mixer for this part. Mix the eggs in, one at a time.
In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour to your butter/sugar mixture, a little bit at a time. Mix thoroughly. Stir in M&Ms.
Spray cookie sheet, and spread out dough in heart pan (or square pan if you choose). Bake for about 20 minutes, or until cookie is golden brown.

This recipe does work best for an 11 x17 cookie cake. Because my heart dish was smaller than that, I had some dough leftover. I sprayed my air bake cookie sheet and spread the leftover dough out into a circle on the cookie sheet. I baked at 325 degrees until golden brown, and then I used all different sizes of heart cookie cutters and make heart cookies. Both the cake and the heart cookies were delicious! I brought the cookie cake to work and it was a big hit.

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