How to Win Friends and Influence People Cookies, aka M&M Cookies + 5 Links for the Weekend

I just started a new job at a PR firm, which is really two jobs in one for the first month or so while I temporarily replace a staffer for one of our clients, so I am using my weekend to catch up. That means two posts in two days. I was in the mood for m&m cookies, but didn’t want a monster cookie with peanut butter or oats. I found this recipe and was sold. The proportions make sense and I knew it would be a plump, soft cookie. I also call these ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People Cookies.’ I’ll be dropping these off at both offices tomorrow morning as a way to ease into the work week. After Memorial Day, it’s always difficult to go back for a full week after a short one.

I also never use shortening, but I gave it a shot for these. You only live once and I was interested to see how the cookie turned out compared to using butter.

Recipe via Pinch of Yum

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups M&M’s (I used four bags of m&m’s from the grocery checkout, but could have used more)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, white sugar, shortening, eggs, and vanilla until well mixed.

Add the 2½ cups flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined; I found it easiest to finish this by hand. Add the extra tablespoons of flour until the dough feels thick and almost dry to the touch. Stir the M&M’s into the dough.

Roll into large balls and press extra M&M’s into the tops. Flatten slightly with your palm or the back of a wooden spoon.

Bake for 8-10 minutes (they will be slightly underbaked).Remove from cookie sheet right away and place on cooling rack. Let stand for 5-10 minutes to help the cookies hold their shape.








In college I compiled a daily e-newsletter of the top five news stories and sent it to a distribution list. This was short lived, but I loved doing it. This was pre-Skimm, so who knows what would’ve happened if I had stayed with it. This is my modified version of five articles that caught my attention this week.

1. David Brooks’ Moral Bucket series has been food for thought. While I don’t always agree with him, this one hit me about living a small life and being content.

“Perhaps,” she concludes, “the mission is not a mission at all. … Everywhere there are tiny, seemingly inconsequential circumstances that, if explored, provide meaning” and chances to be generous and kind. Spiritual and emotional growth happens in microscopic increments. – The Small Happy Life, NYTimes

2. If you’re a dog owner or just have a heart, you will enjoy this. I could relate to the entire video, which is actually a commercial. Well done, Purina. – Puppyhood Commercial 
3. Kristen Bell is hilarious. Apparently she accidentally took an Uber Pool ride, which means that the driver will randomly pick up other passengers on the route. Lucky for us, she live tweeted the experience. “He appears to know all the words to the verses well…..”
4. London’s canal walkways now have duck lanes. Genius and I have a thing for ducks.
5. Cutting a lemon or lime lengthwise really will produce more juice. Now I feel like my juicing antics are validated.

Winnie hopes you had a good weekend!


I found this on Instagram and the message is worth sharing. Here’s to blue elephants, red elephants, and purple elephants.


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