Cookies Made with No Butter or Margarine
Lately I have been practicing intermittent fasting which has me eating between the hours of 12pm and 8pm. To say it has been easy would be a lie. Some days the time flies by and I am not even hungry and other days like today- I am starving. All the yummy foodie pics on instagram were not helping either so I decided to bake some M&M Cookies Cookies Made with No Butter or Margarine.
Why you ask? Well for one, when I cook or bake it curbs my appetite, and secondly Christmas is in a five whole days. I needed to make a test run of 48 cookies to see if they were “suitable” enough for Santa.
Let’s just say after 2 cookies, Santa will surely approve.
For this batch of M&M Cookies, I used shortening. Vegetable shortening makes the BEST chocolate chip, nut, or M&M cookies in my opinion. The dough does not need to be refrigerated, and the chances of burning your cookies is slightly reduced when you used shortening (and of course monitor your cookies).
Personally, I love a slightly soft, and chewy cookie. When I use shortening, I get that result. My cookies cool quick and they sink in a bit and become chewy. I pictured (below) a still warm cookie I bitten into and it was slightly gooey still which I LOVE!!
I like to buy the large tubs of Crisco at the market or Amazon this time of year because I do so much baking. Vegetable shortening is also my preferred greasing method for cakes, bakes, and whatnot. I just add a little to a paper towel and make sure all surfaces are coated.
- 1 cup of Brown Sugar packed firm
- 1 cup of vegetable shortening
- 1/2 cup of white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 2 1/2 cups of flour
- 1 cup of M&MS
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts *optional but increase M&MS by 1/2 cup
Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
Cream together the sugars, shortening, extract, salt, and eggs
Add in the flour, and baking soda
Combine well with a wooden spoon
Fold in the M&Ms and nuts.
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and drop teaspoon sized balls evenly apart. I could fit 12 on a sheet
Place cookies on a cooling rack and then transfer to air tight containers.
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