National Cookie Day

You may not know this, but today, (December 4th.),  is National Cookie Day.  

What does that mean?  

Well, besides stuffing my face with cookies like Cookie Monster on crack forcing myself to eat cookies today with the boys to celebrate, I’m also going to share a recipe with you that you’re going to want to put away and save for those days when you have nothing better to do than make cookies (which should be more often than it is!)

 

You know that I’m all about easy. Especially when it comes to desserts.  I have no problem whipping out a box or bag, adding some eggs and butter, and calling it “homemade” because I was at home and I made it. We’re just living in another time.  I shouldn’t have to spend 4 hours in the barn (which we don’t have) churning butter by hand in order to make a cake that’s considered “homemade.’ There are some things I’ll go the extra mile for, but desserts just aren’t one of them.  

This is especially the case when trying to create something with the boys. The easier the recipe is (easier = less ingredients) the better chance of us trying it. 

Cookies that even Santa Claus will love! 

When I ran across this great recipe using only 4 ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies, I knew I had a winner. Not only is it the perfect recipe to try with the boys, but it also helps celebrate 3 major holidays.  You’re probably thinking I’m talking about Christmas, Hanukkah and Festivus.  Sorry…I guess I wasn’t thinking that major.

 

These are perfect for recognizing that-

 

December is National Peanut Butter Month

December 4th is National Cookie Day, and 

2016 is the Year of the Chocolate Chip.

 

(OK, I just made up that last one, because everyone knows that every day, month and year is perfect for chocolate.)

 

Hope you enjoy the recipe! 

 

 

 

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One cup of granulated sugar.

 

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One cup of peanut butter. You can use cream, or crunchy.

 

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1/2 cup of M&Ms. Feel free to use chocolate chips. We happen to like M&Ms in our house, and I like the fact that you can vary the color based on what holiday you’re cooking for. (Feel free to use yellow, orange and brown for Fall/Halloween, the pastel ones for Easter, etc

 

 

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One large egg.

 

 

——Directions——

 

 

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Put the sugar in a mixing bowl.

 

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Follow it with the peanut butter…

 

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And then the egg…

 

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And finally the M&Ms.

 

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Mix the ingredients up until they are blended thoroughly.

 

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Once blended, scoop out teaspoon fulls, and roll them into balls.

 

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Then, using a spatula, spoon, or fork, push the balls down into patties, so they resemble the shapes of the cookies.

 

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Bake at 450 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes until cooked.

 

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Let cool on the pan momentarily until they are cool enough to transfer, and then move them to a wire rack to finish cooling and setting. Then eat either alone, or with a nice glass of milk.

 

 

4 Ingredient M&M Cookies

What’s better than cookies?  How about cookies that include one of America’s favorite candies, and only 3 other ingredients? That’s

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 8m
  • Total Time: 18m
  • Serves: 10
  • Yield: 20 cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup Plain M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
  3. Stir all 4 ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed
  4. Roll the dough into balls (aproxx 20) making sure to space them far enough apart. Once they are laid out, then squash them down to a cookie shape with a spatula, or back of a spoon.
  5. Cook for 6-8 minutes.
  6. Let cool slightly on the cookie sheet before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  7. Eat!

 

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Kevin Zelenka

Kevin Zelenka is a Freelance writer, Dad Blogger, and the stay at home father of twin toddlers. You can find him playing with his sons at his home in Las Vegas, spending time with his wife, and every once in a while at the golf course.