My Pandora Christmas Station has gone into overdrive, and I've been singing "Jingle Bells" like it's my second job.
Did I mention that I'm watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" tonight? We all need a little Chevy Chase in our lives this time of year.
And if the old adage "You are what you eat" is true, then I've most definitely turned into a giant vat of cookie dough, Peanut Butter Balls, and red and green sprinkles.
Friends, with evidence this clear, there's no doubt that the holidays are here.
Today's sweet recipe screams "holidays!" almost as much as Lampoon's Uncle Eddy and Chevy Chase's light display. We're talking Chewy Red Velvet M & M Cookies.
Oh yes I did.
I spied Chewy Red Velvet Cookies on Jessica's blog earlier this month, and I knew it would be a unique twist on the classic red and green M & M cookies I make every Christmas. The cocoa powder adds a surprising flavor, and the bright red hue says "Eat me! I'm an adventurous Christmas cookie!"
If you're looking for an extra layer of wow-factor, I suggest making miniature size versions of this cookie and sandwiching a layer of chocolate ganache between two of them.
Now if you'll excuse me, there's a glass of eggnog and a couch calling my name.
Red Velvet M&M Cookies
(recipe from Jessica at How Sweet Eats)
Who doesn't love red velvet cake? Better yet, who doesn't love a chewy M & M cookie? Mash these two together and you've got yourself Chewy Red Velvet M & M Cookies. The holidays are good to us, aren't they?
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. red food coloring
- As many red and green M&Ms as your heart desires
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat baking sheets with cooking spray.
2) Cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until well-combined. Beat in dry ingredients and red food coloring. Stir in M & Ms.
3) Drop dough by rounded spoonfuls onto baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes.