We hosted a game night at our house this weekend, and I decided we couldn’t have game night without cookies. They seemed like the perfect dessert to snack on while playing a game. I thought about making chocolate chip cookies, but my favorite recipe for those calls for the dough to stay in the refrigerator overnight, and I didn’t plan ahead enough to make them. That set me to looking for a new recipe to try, and I came across this one that I have had in my files for years but never made. I really didn’t expect them to turn out that great, because I have had some major cookie flops in the past. For me they have to be soft, and hold their shape, but at the same time melt in your mouth. I don’t like cookies that come out flat as a pancake or are hard and crunchy. Happily, these exceeded all my expectations!
These cookies held their shape incredibly well. I thought they were almost too tall at first, but they flattened out just the right amount as they cooled. They were also thick and soft and gooey in the middle. The key is not to over-bake them in order to get soft cookies. You want to take them out of the oven when they are still a little bit underdone. Then don’t move them off of the cookie sheet for about 10 minutes. These cookies are also very chocolaty thanks to the addition of chocolate chips and M&Ms. By the way, did you know they have Caramel Apple M&Ms now? I’m still kicking myself that I didn’t grab a bag when I saw them. I love how festive these colorful candies are, and that you can get them in different colors (and evidently different flavors now) depending on the season.
These really were some of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten. It’s a good thing I was making them for game night, as I think I could have eaten the whole batch myself. Even Jeff who pretty much won’t eat any cookies besides plain chocolate chip, liked them a lot. I found out he had hidden some away from the night before to eat with his coffee the next morning. I took that as a compliment! I hope the next time you have game night at your house, or just need some cookies in your life, you will give these a try. Their festive color and chocolaty taste make you feel like you won a prize whether you are playing a game or not!
Colorful Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
- 1 1/3 c all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 c quick oats
- 3/4 c M&Ms
- 3/4 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 c brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 c white sugar
- 1 whole egg, slightly beaten
- 1/2 c butter, slightly softened
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Mix first 9 ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Add last 3 ingredients to bowl. Mix until combined.
- Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.
- Place on a parchment covered baking sheet.
- Bake for 7 minutes in a 375 degree oven until just starting to turn brown. For soft cookies, do not over-bake.
- Let cool on cookie sheet for about 7 minutes before moving them to a plate.
Recipe from Cook AZ I Do
Recipe slightly adapted from Bakerella’s Cowgirl Cookies