This pretty pink cookie came about when Dave asked for a “plain chocolate chip cookie.”
Let me explain.
I experiment a lot with baking (and cooking). Mostly with making things a little healthier but still tasting awesome. My latest kick has been a breakfast cookie (that is still in the works), and apparently the poor man just wanted a plain Jane, sugar-filled cookie.
He then told me his favorite cookie is an M+M cookie to which I flipped out because he told me about five years ago snickerdoodles were his favorite and I have made them countless times for him. (Including a lemon doodle and healthier lemon doodle versions.)
Okay. So I go to pinterest for a little inspiration (of course I can’t just make a semi-healthy M+M cookie recipe I’ve made before…that would be maddness…). I am a veritable cookie monster, so of course I have a Dessert [I Heart Cookies] board. I find a recipe pinned for Soft and Chewy M+M Cookies. It looked a little crazy. I mean it has butter, oil AND cream cheese all in the same cookie. I think,
“that’s okay, I have some strawberry Laughing Cow wedges…we could make this work. “
Then we get to the store and of course Valentine’s Day M+Ms are on sale. So we add those red, white and pink goodies to the cart.
As I’m mixing up the dough and half watching Bridesmaids, I think,
“Well, the cookies might have a pink tint anyways…maybe I could add some jello to help with the color and encourage the strawberry taste.”
I didn’t stop there. I busted out the pink food coloring. I figured it already looks like a Valentine’s Day cookie, might as well reinforce the idea.
Thus I created the Valentine’s Day Strawberry Jello M+M Cookies. The night before my blogger bootcamp and brunch when I should have been prepping for that. Oops.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup butter
- 3 ounces strawberry cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 + 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 package strawberry jello
- 2 + 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 12 oz M+Ms
- 8 drops pink food coloring
- Cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar. Add vanilla and food coloring.
- In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients except M+Ms.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients slowly (1/3 at a time).
- Add M+Ms.
- Bake at 350 10-12 minutes. Nom nom.
And since I’m linking up to Lindsay’s Pinterest Party post (did I mention I’m into Pinterest this year?), here are some other mouthwatering treats you can check out for Valentine’s Day.
And pin, if you’d like.
(I redid this graphic because this one actually had my dot blogspot address on it!)
This post makes me realize how much I LOVE baking and how much I want to post more COOKIE recipes!!
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? I have absolutely no idea what we are doing. Exchanging cards, maybe?
What is your favorite cookie?
Linking up to:
Share Your Stuff Tuesdays with Erin at Table for Seven
Treat Yourself Tuesday with Becky at Olives n Wine
Tasty Tuesdays with Anyonita Nibbles
Show and Share Wednesday with Kelly at Mostly Homemade Mom
PS I’m all about Pinterest this year, so I would LOVE IT if you could pin one (or two!) of these images. Just use the handy dandy buttons at the bottom and top of each post to display the whole list of pins.
Also follow me so I can check out YOUR Pinterest account!