Growing up I loved Sunday afternoons. I loved going to church, but I also loved what happened after church. We always had a large Sunday dinner. The best Sundays were the days we could convince my dad to make his cookies. For some reason they were best when he made them. He had a recipe to look at, but he only loosely followed it. He would do the over, under measuring technique. More of this, less of that. To this day I have not figured out how that worked out, but it always did.

This was one of the first things I learned to make as a kid. My recipe is still in little kid writing and has smudges and stains. I try, but I still cant make the cookies as good as he would. My mom always tells the story of her aunt counting five chocolate chips for each cookie. She hated it and always wanted more.  Because of that I grew up putting lot’s of chocolate in my cookies. Maybe that is the reason my dad’s cookies have both chocolate chips and M&Ms. Because they were so loaded with chocolate I would always try and sneak dough. I know now about salmonella, but at the time I didn’t care. They are that good! If you are like me and don’t always have mini M&M’s handy, just add more chocolate chips. Don’t be the aunt that skimps!

Yield: 36-40 cookies

Time: 10 minutes prep, 11 minutes to bake



  • 1 c shortening
  • 3/4 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 T warm water
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 pkg chocolate chips
  • 1/2 pkg mini M&M’s



  • Step 1

Preheat oven to 375.

In a mixer cream shortening, brown sugar, and sugar. Add vanilla and eggs, beat until smooth and creamy. Add salt and mix again.

  • Step 2

Dissolve baking soda in warm water, then add to mixture. Add flour and mix again.

Stir in chocolate chips and M&M’s by hand. Spoon cookie dough balls onto greased cookie sheets.

Bake 375 for 11 minutes.






Here’s a little about me: I usually don’t buy things that I could make. I like to read and learn. I have dreams of being a mom, living in foreign countries, and trying new things. I take a ton of pictures. I collect rocks from the places I’ve been. I’m trying to learn French. I like to eat. I’m a Mormon.

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