To me and my family, these cookies have just about the perfect base for anything. You could put in chocolate, nuts, dried fruit – pretty much any cookie add-in. But, with Independence Day just around the corner, I chose to make red, white, and blue cookies. I know M&M makes red, white, and blue M&Ms, but when I made these, I couldn’t find them, so I made these using some similar candies I found at a local store. I have to say though, if you can find the M&Ms, I think they would be less expensive. And, you could make these with any color for any occasion.
Red, White, and Blue Cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tsps. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsps. salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup candy coated chocolate pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line two large cookie sheets with parchment.
Cream together butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix until well combined.
Add salt and baking soda and mix for one minute.
Add flour and mix until well combined.
Fold in candy coated chocolate pieces being careful not to break them.
Using a cookie scoop, drop by rounded scoops onto prepared cookie sheets. Do not flatten.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown and almost set. I bake mine one sheet at a time.