My granddaddy used to work for M&M Mars, so M&M cookies were a big tradition at our house growing up. It is one of those traditions that I want to continue with my own family. My family’s recipe is amazing, but I wanted one that had less butter and would translate better as a gluten-free cookie. I searched the net and came across this recipe at Recipetips.com. I was intrigued by the sour cream because sour cream does great things in gluten-free baking! I liked that this recipe had less butter than my family’s traditional recipe and that this recipe happened to be egg-free. My friend, Lesley, is allergic to eggs, so this recipe is one we can enjoy together! I loved the results. You can take this cookie to an office party and no one would know that it was gluten-free. In fact, as I was sitting on the floor with my toddler feeding him one of these M&M cookies (or “Mims” cookies in toddler-speak), my mind started wandering and I forgot I was eating a gluten-free cookie. I almost spit it out! I laughed at my own silliness.
SOUR CREAM M&M COOKIES
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup salted butter
1/4 cup canola oil
1.5 teaspoons vanilla
1 3/4 cup Pamela’s Baking Mix (or other gluten-free flour combination with leavening)
1 cup M&Ms
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix butter, sour cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and oil in a medium-sized bowl. Once the mixture is fluffy, add the baking mix a little at a time until combined. Stir in the M&Ms. Drop on greased cookie sheets in teaspoonfuls. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until slightly browned.
Makes about 2.5 dozen cookies
Update: These cookies were made for a friend with an egg-allergy; you will need to add an egg and/or xanthan gum if you are not using Pamela’s or a gluten-free flour mix with leavening and xanthan gum.
As with all gluten-free cookie recipes, make sure you refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 4 hours (preferably overnight) before baking your cookies.
Note: M&Ms are gluten-free in the U.S. at the time of this post (not the crispy ones) but not in other parts of the world. Always check with the manufacturer about whether an item is gluten-free.