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by Stephanie Zonis


Happiness Cookies

2-1/2 to 3 dozen cookies


Sophistication is not always the order of the day. Sometimes, particularly when younger children are involved, something a little simpler will be much better received. Such is the case with these cookies, which look like happiness to the younger set. They are quickly and easily made, very appealing to children because of their bright colors and milder flavors, and a good choice for young bakers always looking to get a finger or two into matters.

I use plain M&M's to make these, because that's what I like. However, there is no reason you couldn't use other candies of a similar nature. Bear in mind that you'll need some extra candies for garnishing; I tried making the cookies without the garnish, but they weren't nearly as attractive that way. These will keep for a day or so at room temperature, if stored airtight; they also freeze.


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg, graded "large"
1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate,
   melted and cooled slightly
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
   (stir with a fork to aerate before measuring)
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
Pinch salt
1-1/2 cups (about 9 ounces) candy-shell-coated milk chocolate candies

Additional candy-shell-coated milk chocolate candies


Adjust rack to center of oven; preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with aluminum foil, shiny side up.

In medium bowl, with large spoon, cream butter, both sugars, and vanilla. Beat in egg. Stir in melted chocolate (which may still be slightly warm). Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and stir to blend. Mix in candy-shell-coated milk chocolate candies until evenly distributed.

By very well-rounded teaspoonfuls (not a measuring teaspoon), drop dough onto cookie sheet, keeping mounds of dough as round as possible. Place only 12 mounds on a 15-1/2 by 10-1/2 inch sheet. For Garnish, press about 4 or 5 additional candy-shell-coated milk chocolate candies onto each mound of dough.

Bake, one sheet at a time, for 8 to 9 minutes, or just until edges are very lightly browned. Switch sheet back-to-front once about halfway during baking. Cookies will spread and puff up while baking, and the tops of some of the candies will crack.

Remove from oven; allow to stand on cookie sheet about 2 minutes before removing to cooling rack (cookies will flatten while they cool). Cool completely before storing airtight.


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