Be My Valentine M&M Cookies

Be My Valentine M&M Cookies are outrageously good. Have you ever eaten at Paradise Bakery and Cafe? Along with soups, salads and sandwich-type stuff they have humongous cookies. I mean cookies to die for! When we were traveling to and from Florida over the Christmas vacation we stopped at several of them and I sampled many of their cookies. (I sampled a lot of them because I knew this year I was going to go gluten free and I wouldn’t be able to have one for a whole year. ūüôĀ ¬†Yikes!) My favorites were their sugar cookies and their M&M sugar cookies which are based on a shortbread type dough rather than the typical sugar cookie dough. They were awesome!

Well, I found these pink and red M&Ms at the store a couple of weeks ago thinking they would be cute in some kind of Valentine’s Day cookie. I was trying to figure out a recipe to use them in but I didn’t want to remake an old recipe using these. I wanted something new. Then somehow I got to thinking about Paradise Bakery and Cafe’s fabulous cookies and started looking online to see if there were any published recipes. Lo, and behold! I found one at food.com that had been reprinted from the Arizona Republic, July 31, 2001, and decided to try it making my Valentine’s Day version of Paradise Bakery and Cafe’s M&M Cookies. I call them “Be My Valentine” M&M Cookies.

I used the basic recipe for their sugar cookies, rolled the cookies in red sugar crystals, and pressed the red and pink M&Ms into the tops of each cookie. I made my cookies significantly smaller than the ones at Paradise Bakery and Cafe, because I needed to get a certain total of cookies. My version made 4 dozen.

If you’re looking for a great tasting cookie for children’s Valentine’s Day parties, potlucks, office parties, or just for your family to enjoy, consider this wonderful jewel of a cookie. It’s really quite easy and not that much work and you get a beautiful and tasty cookie in return! One of the main changes I made from the original recipe is to reduce the amount of cake flour in the recipe. This way the cookies were not quite so dry and had a lot better texture.

I initially published this recipe in February 2013. That’s when I started baking a lot of cookies for John to take with him wherever he travels¬†to hand out as¬†gifts. My pictures were taken with an iPhone so they weren’t particularly sharp or well arranged. I recently remade these cookies (January 2017), making half of the batch by rolling the cookie dough into red sugar crystals and leaving the rest plain. I wanted to show that these cookies can be made either way. Plus, these don’t have to be used during Valentine’s Day or Christmas. If you want to use regular M&M’s with green sugar crystals they’ll be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Similarly, M&M’s rolled in royal blue sugar crystals will be perfect for the Fourth of July and the orange crystals will be perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Regardless of the holiday, these make perfect cookies for any kind of party.

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Be My Valentine M&M Cookies are to die for!

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This is a shortbread-type sugar cookie rolled in sugar and then covered with chocolate M&Ms. Oh, boy! What a treat!

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These festive cookies are great for holiday baking, Valentine’s Day, or any party or special occasion. Your kids will love these tasty treats.

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I had never seen these M&Ms before. There were red, white, pale pink, and rose pink-colored M&Ms in the package. Wonderful chocolate goodness in every bite!

 

Here’s what I did:

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I used these ingredients. I put one bag of M&M’s in the cookie dough and used about half a bag to press additional M&M’s in each cookie.

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Place Crisco shortening in a large mixing bowl. Add powdered sugar, white sugar, an egg, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. 

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Cream ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth.

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Add cake flour.¬†¬†This, along with the powdered sugar, gives the cookie it’s shortbread-type texture. Add¬†party Valentine’s Day M&Ms.¬†

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Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

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Roll the cookie dough into balls, then dredge each ball in the red sugar crystals and pat into the dough, if necessary. 

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Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray. Place cookie dough balls on top of cookie sheet. Press 4 M&M’s into the top of each cookie.

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I left half of the cookies plain, then pressed four M&M’s into the tops of each of these cookies as well.

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Bake at 350 for 15-17 minutes or until done. The recipe said to cook for 10-12 minutes but mine actually took about 22 minutes to cook completely. 

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Each oven is different. Start checking oven after 12 minutes.

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I’m telling you if you’ve never had Paradise Bakery and Cafe’s Sugar Cookies or their M&M Cookies you are really missing out. These cookies taste incredible!

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Don’t Be My Valentine M&M Cookies look wonderful?¬†

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Bite down into one of these heavenly cookies and you will enjoy the rich, sweet shortbread-texture along with the delicious decadent flavor of M&Ms.

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Scrumptious doesn’t even begin to describe how wonderful¬†these spectacular cookies are.

 

Here’s the recipe.

BE MY VALENTINE M&M COOKIES

(Recipe adapted from “World Famous Paradise Caf√© Sugar Cookies” published in the Arizona Republic, July 31, 2001, via Food.com)

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Fabulous copycat cookie recipe based on a combination of Paradise Cafe's sugar cookie and M&M cookie. This spectacular shortbread type cookie is loaded with M&Ms and great for holiday entertaining.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Be My Valentine M&M Cookies | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these outrageous #cookies are perfect for any occasion. Just switch out the colored sugar crystals used. #ParadiseCafe #copycat recipe. #dessert #M&Ms #Valentine'sDay
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350¬į.
  2. In large mixing bowl mix sugars, shortening, vanilla, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Mix with electric mixer until well mixed.
  4. Add cake flour and one bag M&Ms and stir together with a wooden spoon.
  5. Using an electric mixer at this point toughens cookies.
  6. Roll mixture into balls.
  7. Roll half of the cookies in red sugar crystals.
  8. Press sugar crystals into dough so that it adheres.
  9. Place on greased cookie sheets.
  10. Press four M&Ms into tops of each cookie dough ball.
  11. Bake at 350¬į for 15-17 minutes, or until small cracks appear.
  12. (My oven took 22 minutes, however, the original recipe stated 10-12 minutes. Your oven may cook in a shorter period of time. Check after 12 minutes).
  13. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet about 3 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: My oven took 22 minutes to bake these cookies. Your oven may be different. Start checking after 12 minutes.

Recipe adapted from World Famous Paradise Bakery and Cafe Sugar Cookies as posted in Arizona Central, via Food.com.

 

[b]Be My Valentine M&M Cookies[/b]
Recipe Type: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Cuisine: American
Author: Teresa Ambra adapted from World Famous [url href=”http://www.paradisebakery.com/” target=”_blank” title=”paradise cafe”]Paradise Cafe[/url] Sugar Cookies as published in [i][url href=”http://www.azcentral.com/style/hfe/recipes/articles/0131cornerrec231-CR.html” target=”_blank” title=”world famous paradise cafe sugar cookies”]Arizona Republic[/url][/i]; via: [url href=”http://www.food.com/recipe/world-famous-paradise-bakery-sugar-cookies-150131″ target=”_blank” title=”world famous paradise cafe sugar cookies”]Food.com[/url]
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 60
Fabulous copycat cookie recipe based on a combination of Paradise Cafe’s sugar cookie and M&M cookie. This spectacular shortbread type cookie is loaded with M&Ms and great for holiday entertaining.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 cups Crisco shortening
  • 1 ¬Ĺ tsp. vanilla
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 4 1/3 cups cake flour
  • ¬ĺ tsp. baking soda
  • ¬ĺ tsp. baking powder
  • ¬ľ tsp. salt
  • 12.6-oz. pkg. valentine pink and red [url href=”http://www.mymms.com/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=www+m%26m&utm_content=MMs.com_Phrase&utm_campaign=S.B.MMs&cvosrc=ppc.google.www%20m%26m&matchtype=p&searchntwk=1&gclid=CjkKEQjw_tOdBRDv9tuvl7eAtNEBEiQA9Qm5IvZ61rkghyzYJ5jRcUgNSNgcqIjBMSBrlStUQWPMlaXw_wcB” target=”_blank” title=”m&ms”]M&Ms[/url], divided use
  • 2.25-oz. container red sugar crystals
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350¬į.
  2. In large mixing bowl mix sugars, shortening, vanilla, egg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Mix with electric mixer until well mixed.
  4. Add cake flour, all of the white M&Ms (about 1/3 cup) and 2/3 cup of the remaining M&Ms and stir together with a wooden spoon.
  5. Using an electric mixer at this point toughens cookies.
  6. Roll mixture into balls.
  7. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray.
  8. Roll cookies in red sugar crystals.
  9. Press sugar crystals into dough so that it adheres.
  10. Place on cookie sheets.
  11. Press remaining M&Ms into tops of cookie dough balls.
  12. Bake at 350¬į for 15-17 minutes, or until small cracks appear.
  13. (My oven took 15-17 minutes, however, the original recipe stated 10-12 minutes. Your oven may cook in a shorter period of time. Check after 12 minutes).
  14. Let cookies cool on cookie sheet about 3 minutes before removing to wire racks.

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Don’t these look yummy! Each mouthful just melts in your mouth.

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When you make Be My Valentine M&M Cookies, be sure to take a platter to your office parties. They will love you for it!

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While I used the Valentine’s Day mix of M&M’s and red sugar crystals, you can easily swap out the M&M’s and sugar to make these delectable cookies for any holiday.

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Be My Valentine M&M Cookies are simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!

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