Valentines Day. Don’t hate it, don’t mind it. Honestly I like Valentines Day, do I think it is a Hallmark holiday? Oh it 100% is. But the hopeless romantic I am, I can’t help but love LOVE. Which is exactly what Valentines Day is, it is a day where love is celebrated whether that be with a significant other, friends, family, etc. you are celebrating love. Think about that for a minute. How freaken awesome is that. In the world we live in right now, with all the hate and negativity going around, this day of the year (even though it really should be happening more often) is dedicated to love .
In reality though, Valentines day has definitely set it self up to be a time where couples get dressed up to go to dinner and significant others expect flowers and gifts and chocolate. Something that is all to sad but the reality of 2.14. I’ll be spending my Valentines Day this year casually at the Taj Mahal so no complaints from my end.
Lets talk about these Oatmeal M&M cookies, now you can make these year around, any day, every day. But I used Valentine edition m&ms to take them extra special.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 1 2/3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 cup milk chocolate m&ms
- In a small bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar and sugar until smooth. peanut butter until they are creamy. Add in the egg and vanilla until everything is well incorporated. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Once combined, add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Fold in the m&ms. The dough will be thick.
- Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. You cannot skip this step.
- Preheat your over to 325F degrees and line your baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- Once your dough is ready, using a cookie scoop, scoop your dough into dough balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Place a few extra m&ms on top, for looks, if desired.
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until cookies are slightly browned. You want to bake the cookies when they still look soft in the center, they will set when they are cooling. This will ensure your cookies stay chewy in the center but crisp on the edges.
- Set the cookies on a wire rack and allow them to completely cool.