The wheels are turning already as I look forward to Valentines Day in just a couple weeks! This year my husband and I have a plan for how we want to celebrate. Instead of buying each other gifts and going out to dinner, this year we are celebrating with date night in. My husband is in charge of cooking dinner, and I am in charge of dessert. I love that he is interested in being in the kitchen and offers to help me; his cooking skills continue to grow as a result. I can’t wait to see what he decides to make for Valentines dinner.
Naturally I want to impress him with the dessert, and I have already started brainstorming different themes. This is the first tempting option because pink, white, red, and purple dark chocolate M&Ms have to be one of the cutest inventions ever. You think food is cute too, right?
I prepared this recipe two ways; one as a traditional cookie and the other as cookie bars. It is hard to decide which I like better…I think I like them both for different reasons. If you are really feeling indulgent a little coffee ice cream sandwiched between two cookies is an idea…perfect for sharing with your other half!
Ingredients (tweaking the traditional Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe)
- 2 sticks butter, at room temperature or softened
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- 3/4 c. light brown sugar, packed
- 2 large eggs
- 1 generous tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 c. dark chocolate Valentines M&Ms
- 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar using a hand mixer. Add eggs and vanilla extract, mix well to combine.
Next, add flour and baking soda; mix until JUST combined.
Using a spatula fold in M&Ms and chocolate chips.
To make cookie bars, spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray and spread dough evenly.
Bake cookie bars for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.
To make cookies use a cookie measuring scoop or tablespoon to place cookie dough on a baking sheet (leave plenty of room for them to expand).
Bake for ~12 minutes until golden. Time to make some tough decisions…
Should I choose the cookie bars?
Or should I choose the cookies? Honestly, I don’t think there is a wrong decision. Enjoy with your sweetie!