MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS COOKIES
½ cup butter, softened
½ cup shortening
1¼ cups packed brown sugar
¾ tsp baking soda
3 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3½ cups flour
1 cup Christmas-colored M&M’s
1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda and ¼ teaspoon of salt; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
2. Add flour, beating at low speed just until combined. Stir in M&M’s and nuts (if desired).
3. Drop dough from rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden. Cool cookies for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Using a wide spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks; cool.
Yield: 2 dozen
Recipe Source: Better Homes and Gardens
*To store, place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
“Pretty much just like chocolate chip cookies, but with m&m’s. We made these when we were up in the snowy mountains of Colorado and they were eaten up quickly.”