There is currently a heartwarming commercial (woman baking cookies for her community) on the TV that inspired me to do a small (but ultimately, delicious) good deed. I have two friends leaving on a road trip this morning and what is a road trip without a fresh batch of delightful, chewy, oatmeal and M&M goodness? Well, it wouldn’t be worth the drive. So, I set to work!
I started by preheating the oven to 325 F and then loading a stick of butter and a full cup of golden brown sugar into the kitchen aid, with the paddle attachment. Don’t worry, you can use a regular bowl and wooden spoon if you wish but I was feeling lazy.
Cream these together until completely smooth. Sneak a little on the end of your finger, the recipe won’t miss it – delish!
Next, crack in an egg, a teaspoon of vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, sift a cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda and a 1/4 teaspoon fine salt. Add to the wet ingredients and give it another whizz in the mixer until combined. Add 1 3/4 cups of rolled oats and mix until combined.
And finally – my favorite part. Add 3/4 cup of M&Ms. Then go ahead and add a few more because let’s face it, the more chocolate the better. Don’t be shy. Combine and form into a ball.
Squidge the dough into a cirlce and wrap in clingfilm and place in fridge for at least an hour or until thoroughly chilled. Make sure to save a little bit for eating while you wait! (Of course, be aware of salmonella. Although, I have never heard of anyone actually getting salmonella from eating cookie dough. I reckon that’s just a thing parents tell you so they can eat the dough or lick the bowl!).
Flour a surface liberally and plop the dough down. Next, liberally flour the top of the dough. (I’ll stop saying ‘liberally’ now).
Cover the dough in clingfilm and roll the dough out to a 1/4 inch thick. Why are we covering it in plastic wrap you ask? Because I’m lazy and don’t like washing the rolling pin.
Cover a baking tray with parchment paper and place the cookies about an inch apart. Put in the oven for no longer than 10 minutes. They will definitely not look remotely cooked when you bring them out of the oven! They will be really squishy and pale. Pull them out anyway, take a risk and walk on the wild side!
They’re only cookies. I know.
Show that you have self control by waiting until they are completely cooled, then remove them from the pan into an airtight container and store for a week. Of course, I did neither of these. Why? Because I can!
I ate a few while they were still piping hot (I’m still nursing a sore tongue this evening), and gave the rest to my roommates for their road trip.