The Best (And Softest) Valentine Cookie

I don't know about you but I am a snob when it comes to my cookies. Without sounding too sexual here, hard and stiff ones just don't do it for me. Okay with sounding totally sexual here, hard and stiff ones just don't do it for me. They have to be soft, and not just soft for like five minutes, but soft for days and days. 

The recipe below is my go to cookie recipe. Never have I made another kind because believe me, there is no point. In the spirit of Valentines Day I swapped out my regular chocolate chip cookies for some fun candy and used heart shaped cookie cutters. Regardless of how you serve these up, I can promise you that they will be one of the best cookies your man (or whomever you hand them to) has ever tasted. 

 printable version found here

The Best Valentine Cookie

Makes Around 6 Dozen Cookies 
(feel free to cut recipe in half)

Ingredients:
4 ½ Cups Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
2 Cups Butter, Softened
1 ½ Cups Brown Sugar, Packed
½ Cup White Sugar
2 (3.4 Oz) Boxes Vanilla Instant Pudding
4 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
4 Cups Mini M&M’s or Sixlets

Directions:

1. Sift together the flour and baking soda. Sit Aside.

2. In a large bowl mix the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar together. Beat in the instant pudding until well blended. Stir in the eggs and vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture and stir until it is completely mixed. Stir in your choice of chocolate candy.

3. If you will be cutting the cookies into shapes, spread the dough flat on a ungreased 9x13 cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. If you are not making shapes, drop cookies by the spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet and bake for the same amount of time.

4. Allow the dough to cool completely before cutting into shapes.

5. Cookies will remain soft for days (and weeks) when stored in covered containers.

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10 comments :

  1. Can I just say I love that you started a food blog. Here I am randomly posting recipes one day, workouts another and just blabbering the next and you've got it all organized into it's own little brand. p.s. I'm super jealous of your ability to capture good lighting in the middle of the day. I wish food blogs came with free samples.

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  2. these look delicious. I will most definitely be attempting to make them this weekend!

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  3. I just might have to try these for Valentine's day since chewy chocolate chip cookies are my husband's favorite! He saw me looking at this recipe and told me to quit because we're supposed to be on a diet and he gets tempted by pictures easily, but I still might surprise him.

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  4. Oh my gosh those look delicious!! Although I'm not a huge chocolate fan, I could think of quite a few add ins that I would love!! Oh & btw how cute that you made a food blog!! Love it!

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  5. Yum! These look absolutely divine!! Pinning for future reference, lady!

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  6. I want these right this section! However... pinned.

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  7. I prefer soft cookies too! These look delicious and you're right, they are perfect for Valentine's Day!

    Btw, congrats on the food blog Erin!!

    Danielle at Framed Frosting

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  8. Making these! Yum! And yolo is right, keep the food blog. Love the name too!

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  9. Yum! Just made these. I used chocolate chips instead of m&ms, and I accidentally used banana cream pudding instead if vanilla. They turned out super good!

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