Monday, September 22, 2008

Fall Colored Chewy Oatmeal M and M Cookies

You're not crazy. This looks nothing like the sesame and scallion grilled tri trip that I intended to post today. I'm crazy. I thought Fall officially began on Tuesday, but it turns out the official first day is today. I treat the calendar like a Farmer's Almanac of yesteryear, so hooray! For someone who loves the leaf crunching season as much as I do, it's an important day and worthy of celebration. So anxious am I for this crisp apple time, that I always plan a special first day of Autumn dinner, sometimes with guests, and sometimes with our own little family. This week I'll be posting our dinner menu all week long, so you can host your own cider season welcome. For now, I'm sharing this fun fall cookie recipe and I'll save the Tri-Tip for next summer. Normally I pick out all the blue M and M's to make these chewy little cookies, but this time, I happened to have Indiana Jones M and Ms in the cupboard. They were just the right hues, like falling leaves with occasional little cream colored bitties. Even the skull face imprints seem to suggest that Halloween is right around the corner.

And my task today is to change the decoration on the fireplace mantle. For it is summer no more. Welcome Fall!

Money Saving Tips:

Shop around for butter sales, since some market seems to have it on sale every week. This is a great time to start stocking up on baking essentials when you catch a good price, since the holidays are right around the calendar's corner. Target has M and Ms on sale quite often too.
Fall Colored Chewy Oatmeal M and M cookies
Estimated Cost: $3 for 24
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup fall colored m and ms, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars, creaming until smooth. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Sprinkle soda, powder, and salt over the top and mix. Add flour, then oats. Add half of the M and Ms. Shape into 1 inch balls. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheets for about 8 minutes. As soon as cookies come out of the oven, poke a few M and Ms on top of each one.
Coming Tomorrow:
Tuesdays with Dorie
Sugared Apple Molasses Cake

47 comments:

Clumbsy Cookie said...

They do look like fall, althout I would have no problem eating them any time of the year!

HoneyB said...

I love fall colors, ironic how they seem so vibrant and alive but signify the end of a season!

Your cookies look delish. Grumpy likes chewy cookies and I'm always on the lookout for a recipe that signifies that it is chewy!

gigi said...

Yeah FALL! I didn't know there were so many reasons to celebrate Sept. 22! Like today is also Elephant Appreciation Day and Hobbit Day! I think I'll just stick to the first day of fall, reason enough!

Tami said...

What a great way to celebrate fall! The cookies look delicious. :)

1215656559s20768 said...

I've got a huge bag of M and M's in my freezer, yay! That lemon pasta recipe looks fantastic, too.-Lorie

Katherine Aucoin said...

I feel totally fall after seeing your warm and cozy cookies. I'm going tio look for the fall M&M's at lunch!

Lucy said...

They look wonderful and what perfect way to welcome in Autumn... now winter that's another story ;-)

Cathy said...

I knew there was a reason I liked you, Prudy. Not only do you graciously share mouthwatering recipes with us nearly every single day, but you share my love of all things fall, AND you enjoy seasonal decorating. I can't wait to see your autumn mantle-scape. I just bought a gold faux pumpkin at Target yesterday, and I keep moving it around trying to find just the right spot for it. Love these cookies, especially with the Indiana Jones M&Ms!!!

Maria said...

Fall is here for sure. It is a rainy cold day. Too bad I couldn't stay in bed today! These cookies look festive! I love the colored M and M's!!

Mary Ann said...

How fun- I love the colors and actually want to make these cookies (I was a little tired of cookies for a few days there :)
There are quite a few folks who would go crazy for these at our house!

Aggie said...

I want to celebrate fall with you at your house! Fall and spring are my favorite seasons...I wish we got the crunchy leaf weather down here in Florida but I can pretend can't I?

Cookies look delish and I love your Summer mantle! : )

Happy Fall to you!

Bridgett said...

Who wouldn't love that treat to bring in Fall? I am so excited about fall being here...how crazy does that make me sound? ha ha. I am looking forward to see what dishes you come up with for the season.

Natashya said...

Wait a minute! There are Indiana Jones M&Ms?? I have got to get some. I love the fall colours and the skulls.
It is getting cool here, some of the trees are turning. I was cold last night walking the pups! It was 9f. overnight!
I hope fall lasts a while. I am not ready for winter.
Great cookies - these are the kind that my sons love the most.

Deborah said...

I agree - the first day of fall is definitely for celebrating! Now if only I had some of those cookies here with me...

Patsyk said...

Love the cookies! I knew there was another way to use those Indiana Jones m&m's!!

I've been slowly restocking my baking supplies since the holidays are coming faster than I'm ready for them!

Esi said...

I love fall and the colors on these cookies!

Cathy said...

Prudy, I am back to let you know that I left you a little award that you can see on my blog. I know that you've got plenty of these already, but I wanted to share this with you anyway because I really love your blog.

1freshstart said...

Wow. You and I must have been channelling each other yesterday. I made my favorite chocolate oatsie cookies... to inlcude fall spices... and I just changed my mantle too! Creepy.
~Cat

Mandi (a.k.a MissMandiGirl) said...

These cookies look yummy, I can hardly believe that it's already fall!

Marjie said...

These do look autumnal, all right! I posted summer's last gasp with your ice cream today, and we loved loved loved it!!!!!

I can't believe you change your mantle decorations every season. How ambitious!

Catherine said...

Oh I love M&M cookies. You're lucky you had the Indiana Jones M&M's. This year instead of a Fall bag, it's a Halloween bag with purple and green, so I'll be pulling the blue and reds out of a regular bag. But I know it will definitely be worth it!

The Blonde Duck said...

Your fireplace is so cute! The mantle is a big deal in my husband's family too. When my picture made it up there one Christmas, I knew I was officially one of them. And when I got a stocking, I cried. Seriously. It was awkward.

The Blonde Duck said...

You have a present on my blog!

Dawn said...

Please send 24, I can mail you money! I have been craving a good chewy cookie for a while now.

The DeL Sisters said...

Looks like we were both thinking fall cookies!

Hannah

Beth said...

I love the autumn! These cookies look fantastic, loving the Indiana Jones M and M's.

Jeena said...

I would love some of these little beauties! The colours are perfect too, cute and tasty too. :-)

p.s. Glad you love the hummus recipe. :-)

Leslie said...

Fall is the best season. It's birthday season, too.
Aren't we lucky to be born in the best season, like Tootie who was born in her favorite city.
I love these colorful cookies. I love all your cookies.
They all look delicious, and I never-ever-couldn't possibly ever get tired of cookies. They are my favorite thing to eat.

Debinhawaii said...

Chewy oatmeal cookies are my favorite and these look delish!

Nickki said...

Those cookies look wonderful. I really love autumn colours!

Sara said...

Your cookies look just scrumptious! I love the m&m's. They are very fall-ish. I too am excited to welcome in the leaf crunching season!

Natashya said...

Did I say 9f? I meant 9c. I am getting to used to writing the little f for cooking temps! Oops!
Just one more silly thing that hits me when I walk the dogs.

Christy@MercyEveryMorning said...

Oh, we are so making this tonight! I just called dh to have him bring home m and m's. :)Thanks for giving us a fun way to welcome fall.

Candy said...

I love fall, too. It's still 90 degrees here though. Those cookies look super!

Candy said...

I love fall, too. It's still 90 degrees here though. Those cookies look super!

Astra Libris said...

ooooh, what a scrumptious recipe to welcome the season! I love your summer mantle decoration too - I can't wait to see the fall decorations!

jenjen said...

Your cookies look tasty! Love your mantle!

Katie said...

How cute! I love lots of tasty treats mixed in my cookies.

MK and Co. said...

What a festive little cookie! It looked so adorable and delicious. I love this recipe!

Pam said...

I love everything about the fall - especially cooking and baking. These cookies look fantastic! I love chewy cookies and m&m's so this recipe is for me.

Emily said...

Prudy what a great idea for a dinner party! Your cookies look soooo inviting! I LOVE FALL TOO! (My goal for the weekend: visit Springdale and the farmers markets!)
I still have my 4th of July decor up . . . my M.I.L asked my hub if i had redecked our house . . . alas no . . . (second goal for the weekend!)

hot garlic said...

Oh their so cute! And I love a chewy cookie as the title professes these to be.

Since we don't have Halloween or Thanksgiving here {uh, and it's not fall} they are skipping right to Christmas and already have stuff on the shelves. What the?!

In answer to your question, yes and no on fall foods. I miss them! I just baked bread today! But I'm so ready to fire up the grill... I'm just plain mixed up.

Grace said...

i'd much rather have a delightful cookie than grilled tri tip anyway. :)

Emiline said...

Happy Autumn to ya!

Christy@MercyEveryMorning said...

Prudy,

I've already commented once on these, but just wanted to let you know I listed them as one of my favorite blog finds this week on my Friday Faves post. :)

Blessings,
Christy

Anna said...

I never get tired of M&M cookies! The whole wheat flour was a good idea.

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