A Sweet Solution for Leftover Candy

By America's Test Kitchen
America's Test Kitchen
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October 31, 2021 Updated: October 31, 2021

If your children hit the jackpot while trick-or-treating, you could be swimming in candy for weeks! Put the abundance of M&M’s to good use by making homemade cookies with the kids. You can also teach them about the candy while you bake.

Did you know? The M’s printed on M&M’s stand for the last names of their inventors: Forrest Mars and Bruce Murrie. These two businessmen teamed up to make M&M’s in 1941 and started by selling their candy exclusively to the U.S. armed services (the candy-coated shells made M&M’s heat resistant and good for travel).

M&M Cookies

Makes 12 cookies

  • 1 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup M&M’s

Adjust the oven rack to the middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, whisk sugar and melted butter until smooth. Add egg and vanilla and whisk until well combined.

Add the flour mixture and use a rubber spatula to stir until no dry flour is visible and a soft dough forms.

Roll the dough into 12 balls (about 1 heaping tablespoon each). Place the dough balls on the parchment-lined baking sheet, leaving space between them.

Gently flatten each dough ball. Press candies into each cookie (about 5 candies per cookie).

Bake until the edges of the cookies are just set and the centers are still soft, 11 to 13 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on the baking sheet, about 30 minutes.

For 25 years, home cooks have relied on America's Test Kitchen for rigorously tested recipes developed by professional test cooks and vetted by 60,000 at-home recipe testers. The family of brands—which includes Cook's Illustrated, Cook's Country, and America's Test Kitchen Kids—offers reliable recipes for cooks of all ages and skill levels. See more online at AmericasTestKitchen.com/TCA. Copyright 2021 America's Test Kitchen. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.