Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

As I sit outside on this warm spring afternoon soaking the sun’s rays (in hopes to rectify the vitamin D deficiency the long frosty winter months put us through up here) I realize how wonderful life truly is.

Even though its finals week here on campus, the sun always seems to pull people out from their study hibernation in order to enjoy a few hours of relaxation here and there. I know this from experience for just a few minutes ago I found myself locked inside doing work, feeling the sun’s heat peak through the painting studio’s windows. Today I am not the only one who has succumbed to this compulsion. A group of students are over at the BBQ pit enjoying a late lunch while probably reminiscing about the past year, students lying on blankets scatter the fields like some newfangled checkerboard, and every where you look people are running, biking, walking, or getting any bit of exercise they can. Even the dogs are enjoying these endless blue skies as their owners suddenly triple the lengths of their daily walks.

It is another picturesque day to add to the countless beauties that can be found in this world. All I can say, as the sun’s rays slowly make my eyes drift into a short nap, is that I am so fortunate to have the best group of friends and family anyone could ask for. I am here today, able to take in such beauties thanks to this support system, and because of that I am truly blessed.


Now on to some cookies 🙂

There is one recipe that I always turn to when I am in need of a quick dessert, Chocolate chip M&M cookies.

This is a recipe that I have been working on and perfecting over the past year and a half. I found its recipe origin one day while I was in Ireland and in need of something for an upcoming kayak water polo match. With a few little changes, the recipe was soon to be one of my favorites.

Here it is! Hope you guys enjoy it 🙂

Also, I only had older pictures of this recipe so sorry about the poor quality. Hopefully I will be updating them soon 🙂

Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp hot water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 large bar of dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Cream together butter and sugar
  3. Beat in eggs one at a time
  4. Stir in vanilla
  5. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to mix with salt
  6. Stir in flour, 1 cup at a time
  7. Stir in chocolate pieces and M&Ms
  8. Bake for 8- 10 min.
  9. Enjoy 🙂
I dont know how I am not at least 30 pounds heavier...

I dont know how I am not at least 30 pounds heavier…

With M&Ms :)

With M&Ms 🙂

Without M&Ms

Without M&Ms

Irish Scones

Living in Ireland for six months you best believe I spent a lot of time eating scones. Just about every week my roommate, Laura, made another fresh batch of dark chocolate chip scones. They usually never lasted far into the next day. She would use Odlum’s white scone mix. These scones come out amazing every time. If you are willing to pay the shipping I recommend trying some. Or you can make the similar variation I have below 🙂

Of course, back in the US I have been craving scones on and off. I loved getting done my runs and eating a bit of one, finishing up a paper and eating a bit more, getting up  in the morning and eating one or two… Its easy to see why I came back to the states with a few extra pounds! Of course I dropped the weight when I got back thanks to my break from baking, but I do still like to treat myself by testing out a different scone recipe to see if they come anywhere near the ones we used to make.

Below is a recipe I made for a dinner that I was going to. I think they actually came out really nice. Although not the same as Odlum’s, they did turn out pretty darn close!

Irish Scone


  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 tbs baking soda
  • 1 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 tbs butter, cold and in small cubes
  • 1/2 cup butter milk (or whole milk)
  • 1 tbs butter, softened


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Mix together flour, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  3. Using two knives cut in butter until it is blended into the flour.
  4. Stir in the milk. If you need to add more milk add it one tablespoon at a time.
  5. Place the dough on a floured surface and roll it out with a rolling pin until it is about one inch thick.
  6. Using a round cookie cutter, or a cup, cut out the scones and place them on the greased cookie sheet.
  7. Using the softened butter, coat the tops of the scones.
  8. Bake for 10-12 min until they are lightly brown on top.
  9. Enjoy 🙂


There are many things you can mix into the scones.

  • Chocolate
  • Dried cranberries
  • Mixed herbs
  • lemon zest
Plain Scones before coated with butter

Plain Scones before coated with butter

Cranberry Scones

Cranberry Scones

Enjoy with butter, jams, or just plain :)

Enjoy with butter, jams, or just plain 🙂