What is it about M&Ms that conjure up childhood memories? Remember when they added the blue ones? I may or may not have eaten the entire first bag of M&Ms that I purchased for this recipe. Yes, for my Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookie recipe. It was not a snack size. Oops. This displeased the Wedding Fairy. Sometimes a girls gotta eat brightly colored milk chocolate candies. It doesn’t happen often in my house but when the mood is right…
After I kicked myself for not picking out all the blue and red ones before consuming the entire bag, I dragged myself back to the store (ugh), because I didn’t want to make just any M&M sugar cookies; I wanted to make Patriotic M&M sugar cookies. Yup- there is a huge difference. The difference is that in order to make the patriotic variety you have to spend valuable time sorting through tiny coated candies that promise to melt in your mouth and not in your hand but totally cover your hands in a rainbow of colors in 5 minutes flat.
The sugar cookie base for these M&M sugar cookies is the Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies from Good Housekeeping’s 1955 Edition. It is a more cakey sugar cookie that isn’t as sweet as some of its drop sugar cookie cousins, which I think is perfect when you are mixing in other sweet candies or icing them.
The Good Housekeeping Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie recipe is unique. I was intrigued by its use of buttermilk and its requirement of whipping the egg white to stiff peaks before their incoporation into the batter. It definitely produced a lighter, fluffier cookie. An interesting twist on an old American favorite!
Apparently they sell bags of only red and blue M&Ms, thus saving one the trouble of sorting. I couldn’t find such a luxuries, but I hope you can because there is nothing like a Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookie to make you smile.Print