Thursday, December 18, 2008

M&M Shortbread Cookies

M & M's and Christmas together? What could possibly be more natural? I think M & M's go with anything really. Shortbread cookies are no exception. I really wanted to find a cookie with lots of color for the cookie gifts I'm making this year, and this recipe worked out very well. And it's delicious and easy too. I made an initial batch to test the recipe out, since I've never made them before. I froze the cookies and tested one after a few days. M & M's freeze very well :) I'm glad I found a new favorite cookie to add to the others I make every year!

M&M Shortbread Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup corn starch
1 cup M&M's, any color

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix butter, sugar and vanilla well using an electric mixer. Gradually blend in flour and corn starch.

Form dough into 1 inch balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheets. Gently flatten each cookie using fingers or the flat bottomed drinking glass (dip in sugar to prevent sticking). Place M&M's on top of cookies.*

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until bottoms begin to brown. Cool for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack. Cool completely.

*You can blend the M&M's into the batter instead of placing them on top.

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Anonymous said...

I am scottish and this shortbread taste like the shortbread my mother used to make. It's a very easy recipe, I was delighted with how they turned out!!

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thank you! It's so nice to hear when a recipe works for someone else. And it's really interesting it's similar to your mom's recipe. Knowing that will make it more meaningful when I make it part of our family recipes each Christmas :)

Thanks for your comment, and Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

I thought I already had an excellent shortbread recipe (with powdered sugar only) but I got more compliments on this! Thanks.

sweetflutterbys3 said...

Thank you for your comment! I have to agree, this cookie went pretty fast on our Christmas cookie tray too and there were lots of cookies to chose from.

Happy New Year!