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The Days of Spatula Licking are Almost Over

May 27, 2017

This week, I baked cookies because someone at work asked me to. I’m pretty easy. All you have to do is flatter me by telling me my cookies are the best you’ve ever had and I’ll bake for you too.

I also baked because one of my young co-workers lost his dad to a sudden heart attack a few weeks ago and the pain is still so raw for him that it breaks my heart. So, baking his favorite chocolate chip cookies couldn’t hurt.

Miss Milena

She had the whole thing licked clean before I could even take the picture.

As I was in the kitchen baking, my daughter was on the comfy, sage colored couch in the living room working on a paper for school. I was cleaning off the beater, wondering if she’d want to lick it like she used to when she was a kid. I hesitated, thinking she might not go for it, then offered it to her. She happily took it like she did when she was three.

It was a pretty sweet moment. I’m savoring times like this because in a few months she’ll be off to college.  My cookie batter days with her are numbered, so I’m enjoying every one.

I know she has to leave the nest eventually, but I’ll miss her. We’ve gotten through all the stages of her being a teenager  without me killing her, and now she’s 21. We can talk and hang out and it’s really nice that she’s starting to feel more like a friend and less like that lump of clay I’ve been molding for years. Hell, I might even miss the piles of clothes she leaves all over the floor in her room — wait, no probably not. But I do tear up thinking about the day it’ll just be me and my short, furry husband, Topper.

M&M bag recipeIn the meantime I’ll keep baking and writing about it. The recipe I’m writing about I got from the back of a bag of M& M’s. You can look and look, and even try recipes from Baking Illustrated, where baking nerds like me tweak recipes again and again, until they think they’re perfect, and still I was not wowed by their chocolate chip recipe. Sometimes the good recipes are on the back of a bag of plain M&M’s.

Cooks Illustrated note

Proof that not every recipe in Cook’s Illustrated knocks my socks off.

This recipe made really good M&M cookies and even works with chocolate chips. These cookies are especially yummy when they’re right out of the oven, because the cookie outside is a little crisp, but inside it’s moist, and the chocolate inside the candy is all melty and wonderful. These have just enough salt in them too.


After I made these cookies once, I wanted to make them again, and when I realized I didn’t have a bag of M&M’s, I went online. This recipe was nowhere to be found,  and the other recipes are not as good as this one. Plus, the M&M’s website doesn’t even list this recipe!  Shame on them.

Red’s Amazing M&M’s Brand Cookies

M&M Red

This little guy knows his cookies!

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter (use regular, not unsalted)

2/3 cup brown sugar

2/3 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

1 3/4 cups M&M’s milk chocolate candies

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl, cream butter and both sugars until well blended. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and salt together. Slowly add these ingredients into the butter mixture and stir until combined. Fold in the M&M’s  and chill the dough for 1 hour or overnight. (I did not do this because I didn’t have time, and it made no difference in how they turned out, but next time I’ll try it.)

Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a lightly greased tray about 2 inches apart. (I didn’t grease my tray and they came off just fine.)

Bake for 8-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 12 to 14 for crispy cookies. (13 minutes is about right so they’re crisp on the outside, but chewy on the inside.)




  • Reply
    December 6, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I could not find this on the internet either! I was so excited to find this recipe on your blog. I use it again and again, every time these cookies come out perfect! Thank you

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      December 13, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      That makes me very happy Vanessa! Thanks so much. I think these are wonderful too. Just enough salt in them to make them perfect!

  • Reply
    May 28, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Never too old to lick the beater!!! Love you, Fran xo

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      June 1, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Nicol! Love you right back and may call upon you for spatula licking once Milena leaves.

  • Reply
    May 27, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Topper is the coolest, . . . .and the cookies I am sure are quite yummy!! Maybe you & Topper can come back this way & visit before long.

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      June 1, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Topper thanks you. I was going to try for this summer, but I may wait until Christmas.

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    George Maupin
    May 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

    About your “short, furry husband, Topper, etc.” – – WOW! I did not know that you had remarried! [Maybe “he” will volunteer for spatula-lick-duties after your daughter is no longer nearby]. Whatcha think?

    • Reply
      May 27, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      ha ha ha ha ha!

      • Fran Tunno
        June 1, 2017 at 10:28 pm

        Any time I can make someone laugh, it’s a good day!

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      June 1, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Well George, after 11 years of living together, I believe Topper and I are common law now. He would happily volunteer for spatula licking, but the aftermath would not be pretty. He only gets dog food.

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      Fran Tunno
      December 13, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      We’re keeping it quiet George, people just never understand. And yes, he would be thrilled to lick the spatula, but I never let him!

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