Spooktacular Cookies

Spooktacular Cookies

Halloween-mania has hit my household something fierce.  Little (4) is obsessed with the Holiday (she just cannot get over that all she has to say is trick-or-treat and someone will give her candy).  Her costume (Jake from Jake & the Neverland Pirates) arrived two weeks ago and everyday after school she tries it on and asks how many more days until Halloween.  This afternoon, she begged me to make her Halloween cookies.  So I turned to my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, and put my own spin on them. They were delicious and flew off the plate.  The whole family loved them.

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2/3 cup (1 1/3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup regular m&ms (in orange & brown)

Preheat oven to 350°.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and light brown sugar until smooth, 2-3 minutes.
Add the egg and vanilla extract, mix well.
Gradually add flour mixture and beat until combined.
Fold 1/2 cup of m&m candies.
Drop rounded tablespoons onto cookie sheet (ungreased) and slightly flatten.

Lightly push a few m&ms on top of each cookie with remaining candies

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Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool cookies on cookie sheet for 1 minute before transferring to wire cooling rack to cool completely.

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Watch them fly off the plate.  Enjoy!

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