These M&M cookies are soft, chewy & gigantic. It's an easy cookie recipe that turns out just like your favorite cookies from the bakery. Use regular or mini M&Ms.
Preheat the oven to 325F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment or baking mats.
In a large bowl beat together the butter, shortening, white sugar & brown sugar until fluffy (about 2 minutes).
Beat in the vanilla & eggs.
With the mixer on low speed mix in the flour, baking soda & salt. Squeeze a little dough between your fingers, if it sticks to your fingers mix in a little more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it doesn't.
Turn off the mixer and stir int he M&Ms and chocolate chips.
Form the dough into balls about 3 tablespoons in size.* Place 2 inches apart on the lined cookie sheets, and ensure they're taller than they are wide.
Bake for 12 minutes, or until the tops are just set.
Once out of the oven, optionally place a few extra M&Ms and chocolate chips on the top of each cookie.
*To make the cookies without shortening, use 1 cup of butter and 3 1/4 cups flour. To make the cookies with 100% shortening, use 1 cup shortening and 3 cups flour.
**For smaller cookies, form them into balls about 1.5 tablespoons in size and bake for 8-10 minutes. You'll end up with about 48 cookies total.
***Cookie dough freezes well. Make the dough and form into balls. Place in a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen. They'll take 1-2 minutes longer.