Some things kind of sneak up on you. Like gray hairs. Boy, did I get upset the first time I saw an entirely white hair sticking up out of my head. And you know, those babies don’t have the same texture as your real hair. They’re wiry and stand tall, holding a giant sign that shrieks, “Look at me! Time is winning! Gravity is losing! You’re older!”
Speaking of older, my kids getting older is also one of those parts of my life that is creeping up on me against my will. The other day I was shocked to look at my tall, lanky son. He was the size of a loaf of bread, like, yesterday. He weighed 6 pounds! What happened? His growing resemblance to my husband is kind of startling.
Luckily, some sneaky things are nice. Like M & Ms. Whenever I eat one, I remember how incredible they are. Seriously. Popping just one of those is probably a scientific impossibility. Who can do that? Not me, I tell ya.
When I was a kid, my dad used to take us to visit an older relative or friend, though I’m not sure exactly what she was. To be honest, I remember very little about her, down to even her name. I’m kind of ashamed. But she always gave us freshly baked M & M cookies, and so I worshipped her. Any woman who wasn’t my grandmother who fed me cookies rocked my little world.
The cookies were always perfect. Sugary, crispy on the edges, and bursting with M & M flavor. This was before the soft cookie trend took hold, so they were a little on the flatter and chewier side. I didn’t care. I didn’t realize at the time that these cookies were made with shortening, which I try to avoid if I can. So the ones here just use butter.
As an adult, I do like my cookies soft and thick, with plenty of M & Ms on top. So after I bake them up, I always save a few to press into the top of the cookie. Plus, more M & Ms means more. How can that be bad?
Time passes and life sneaks up on us. But one of the many constants I can count on is the comfort of an M & M cookie. When I eat one of these, I’m 5 years old again in the best way. And someday, when I’m old and gray, I want to make these for a cute little girl who comes to visit me with her daddy.
- Combine the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the egg and the egg yolk, incorporating both fully. Finally, add the vanilla.
- In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the mixture to the wet ingredients and mix well. Fold in the M & Ms, reserving 1/4 cup for after baking.
- Cover the dough and chill anywhere from 3 hours to overnight.
- When you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- Using about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of dough, form tall mounds and place them about 2 inches apart on your cookie sheets. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Do not leave them in any longer!
- Remove the cookies from the oven and press on the reserved M & Ms wherever they'd look best.
- Cool cookies completely. Store in an airtight container. NOTE: Cookies are MUCH better on the second day!