M and M Cookies...Egg and Nut Free

M&M cookies are always a favorite with kids and adults. This recipe is perfect for us, because it is egg and nut free, and it doesn't contain any weird ingredients or substitutes like some allergy free recipes. Holidays can be difficult for kids with food allergies because they can't always eat the traditional baked goods. If you know someone with an allergy to egg or nuts, or even if you don't, this recipe is easy and delicious. It also makes a nice gift when packaged in a festive tin. Switch up the m&m's depending on the holiday or give the regular colored m&m's a try any time of year!
M&M Cookies
recipe adapted from Food Allergy Mama Baking Book

2/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. good quality vanilla extract
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/2 heaping cup m&m candies

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or nonstick baking mat (silpat). In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment combine the shortening, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla and applesauce. Add the flour, baking soda and salt to shortening mixture and combine until creamy. How cute are these little matryoshka measuring spoons? My little helper Ethan loves to use them.

Add the mini chocolate chips and mix on low speed. Stir in most of the m&m candies by hand, reserving a few to put on the tops. Drop with a cookie scooper onto prepared baking sheet. Lightly push 2-3 m&m candies onto the top of each scoop of dough.Bake 12 minutes or until lightly brown. Cool slightly on baking sheet.
Package in a festive tin to bring to a party, or to give as a gift.
Now who wouldn't want to receive this yummy gift? And now you have a great recipe to make any kid (or adult) with food allergies very happy.
Happy Holiday Baking!


  1. oh yum!! Is this what you're bringing Christmas Eve?


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