Giant M&M Sugar Cookies
3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) butter, soft and melty
4 ounces cream cheese
2/3 cup vegetable oil
I know this is an unusual start to a cookie and I was worried about the structure of the finished product, but this works. Just beat until cream cheese is thoroughly broken down into the mixture.
2 tablespoons cream
1 tablespoon of vanilla
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (I used Kosher)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups (about 10 ounces) mini M&Ms
I moved my dough to a plastic bag so I could clean up the mixer and to keep the dough from drying out.
Chill for 2 hours, or give it a hurry up chill in the freezer. The dough will still be slightly sticky. Divide the dough into 1/4's. Make a roll from each section and divide into 1/4's again. Then divide each of these sections into 3. This will yield 48 pieces of dough about 2 tablespoons each.
Shape into balls and roll in:
large crystal sugar
The larger texture sugar gives them a nice crunch.
Place 8 balls per parchment lined cookie sheet and flatten to about 2-inches. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. These should not look brown around the edges...just a pale blonde.