So, I don’t want to sound all melodramatic or anything, but here is the deal.
These are the BEST. HOLIDAY. COOKIE. EVER.
Seriously, I kid you not. When it comes to baking, I love the classics. There’s nothing better than those recipes that you make year after year, party after party, because they’re just so delicious that you can’t imagine the holidays without them. Which is exactly these: the perfect, gooey sugar cookie, topped with some melty, chocolatey M&Ms.
And even cuter: these custom holiday MY M&M’s designs! You can create your own custom designs on MyMMs.com — in keeping with the classic theme of these cookies, I went with the quintessential holiday picks, red, green and white, with little snowmen and Happy Holidays messages! But I’ll be repeating this recipe with little blue and white ones when the new baby comes along (you can order those too)!
MY M&M’s Holiday Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup shortening
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cups personalized MY M&M’s
In a large bowl, mix the sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla. Add flour, salt, and baking soda to the creamed mixture and blend until smooth.
Drop dough by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment or silipat. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 9 minutes. When the cookies are out of the oven, but before they’ve cooled, gently press three M&Ms into the top of each cookie. Serve!
I’ve been realizing lately that I have to be much more current with my photos! I took these just a few weeks ago, but already my body has changed so much in between — so, I promise, it’s not that I have a weird growing-and-shrinking baby bump, it’s that sometimes it takes me a while to get photos off my camera and ready to post!
I got this dress at the end of the summer, and just completely fell in love. It’s so easy to wear (and surprisingly bump-friendly, actually) and the neon is seriously as bright and stunning in person as it looks in these photos.
And what goes better with bright yellow? A flash of gold, obviously! Lucy Hale wore this necklace on the cover of Mark.’s most recent magalog, and the second I saw it, I pictured this dress. I love the drama of this necklace with a deep-v neckline, but it could also look beautiful tucked under a collar or worn over a sweater! It’s seriously the perfect piece for glitz-ing up a holiday outfit.
I’m so excited to be heading to Dallas for an amazing event tonight featuring a sneak peek of Brahmin’s Holiday 2013 collection! I’ve loved Brahmin bags for years now — from carrying them at Fashion Week to toting this new favoriteeverywhere this summer, I’m a die-hard fan and can’t wait to see their new holiday bags!
I’ll be at the Brahmin boutique in the Galleria Dallas from 6pm to 8:30pm tonight! I hope you all can come out and join me! (Also, just throwing this out into the world: I sincerely hope that a Houston boutique is next on their list!)
Details are below, so please swing by and say hello!