Soft M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

There is really nothing like a good warm chocolate chip cookie… Except a good warm chocolate chip cookie WITH M&M’s! Using cornstarch in these cookies makes for a REALLY soft treat that pairs great with M&M’s of any flavor. I chose pretzel M&M’s because I’ve been super into the salty sweet deal lately, but literally any flavor would be great!

You will need:
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup milk chocolate M&M’s mixed into the dough + about 1/2 cup for placing on top of dough mounds

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Preheat oven to 350. Combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, optional salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
Add the chocolate chips, 3/4 cup M&Ms, and beat on low speed until just combined.

Scoop rounded tablespoons (or bigger! These cookies do well big also) into a cookie sheet, and press extra M&M’s into the top. Add about 1 tablespoon M&Ms to the top of each dough mound. Bake for 11 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving.

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