[ 10 Valentine’s Day Treats ] + Strawberry Jello M+M Cookies [ Recipe ]

This pretty pink cookie came about when Dave asked for a “plain chocolate chip cookie.”

valentine's day stack 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. “

mixing up valentine's day cookies

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.”

strawberry jello m+M cookies valentine's day

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.

 


Strawberry Jello M+M Cookies

Serves 12
Delightful thick and chewy strawberry chocolatey cookie sure to please the ones you love.
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218 calories
27 g
59 g
11 g
3 g
7 g
59 g
168 g
18 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
59g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 218
Calories from Fat 97
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g
17%
Saturated Fat 7g
33%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 59mg
20%
Sodium 168mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 27g
9%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 18g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
3%
Iron
2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1/2 cup butter
  3. 3 ounces strawberry cream cheese
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 1 + 1/3 cup sugar
  6. 1 package strawberry jello
  7. 2 + 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/2 tsp salt
  10. 12 oz M+Ms
  11. 8 drops pink food coloring
Instructions
  1. Cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar. Add vanilla and food coloring.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together dry ingredients except M+Ms.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients slowly (1/3 at a time).
  4. Add M+Ms.
  5. Bake at 350 10-12 minutes. Nom nom.
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11g
protein
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carbs
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[Updated to add: Dave loves the cookies, but he still wants a plain Jane cookie sometime soon. ;)]

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.

10 valentine's day treats

And pin, if you’d like. :)

 

Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

cake pops valentine's day

 

Banana Chocolate Chip Confetti Bars

Banana Chocolate Chip Confetti Bars

 

Semi-Healthy M+M Cookie Bars

lovingly healthy cookie bars

 

S’Mores Cookie Dough Pie 

S'mores cookie dough pie in skillet

 

Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Cookies

double chocolate whole wheat cookies

 

Whole Wheat Lemon Doodle Cookies

whole wheat Lemon snickerdoodle cookies

 

Semi-Healthy M+M Cookies

semi-healthy M+M cookies 2

(I redid this graphic because this one actually had my dot blogspot address on it!)

 

Whole Wheat Chocolate Peanut Chip Oat Cookies

semi healthy cookies whole wheat chocolate chip peanutbutter oat

 

 Brownie Cookie Dough Pie

brownie cookie dough pie
 

 

This post makes me realize how much I LOVE baking and how much I want to post more COOKIE recipes!!

 

  use this one amanda

 

 

Tell me….

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! :)

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Comments

  1. says

    These are so pretty, Amanda! I haven’t jello in forever but I love the pink color it gives these cookies :) Thanks for linking up!

  2. Maria says

    How adorable! Perfect for Valentine’s! We never really do anything for Valentine’s, but this year it happens to fall on a long weekend, so we are hitting the trails for snowshoeing and staying at a B&B. Very much looking forward to it!

    Lemon cookies are my favorite! Hands down!

  3. says

    Oooo! All the pink! My little girls would love all this pink food. Happy Pin It Party!

  4. Ashley says

    OMG that cookie dough pie!

  5. Kim says

    HaHa – cracks me up that Dave wants plain chocolate chip cookies and you come up with those!!! They look awesome!!! My husband would probably be happy if I would actually make cookies!

    • says

      Yeah..I kind of got away from the original idea haha. It happens! At least your hubby won’t blame you for fattening him up with cookies! 😉

  6. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean says

    yum! pinned those m&m cookie bars!

  7. Kelsey Ann Yoki says

    These are so fun! I love this idea – I think I might have to make these for my man. My birthday is on February 15, so I usually make a bigger deal about celebrating that instead of valentine’s day, so I don’t know what we have planned quite yet, but I’m excited.

  8. Mollie Lyon says

    Umm, yum! I have been seeing Valentine treats all over the place and makes me want to bake and of course eat it aalllll! lol

    I had the same thought as Katie, lol. So much for a basic cookie. I have a really hard time sticking to as-written recipes, too. I always healthify them and he requests I don’t lol!

    • says

      It’s funny though because back in the day he wanted healthier treats! I know he likes the stuff I make but I think he just gets tired of me experimenting and coming up with weird stuff sometimes haha.

  9. says

    Whoa! Too many delicious ones there! But first your jello cookies! WOW! They are the PERFECT valentines day cookie! Pinning for sure! Cant wait to try them…..my running may suffer a bit due to cookie overload, but we only live once right? :)

    • says

      Hey I’d say cookies are great running fuel! Don’t mind the sugar crash! 😉 The jello cookies aren’t super healthy, but the other ones are all semi-healthy! 😉

  10. Katie Arnold says

    So…did Dave like them? They aren’t quite the “regular” chocolate chip cookies… 😉

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