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If you forgot to get your honey something special for Valentine’s Day… or you hate your former special someone and want to eat your feelings… or you just really want to enjoy something sweet for goodness sake, these are the cookies for you.

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For as long as I can remember, I have coveted the Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe above all other cookie recipes. I know it’s nothing special, but I still have yet to beat it, no matter how many fancy extracts or flours or butter-to-applesauce ratios I try. Call me uninspired, but I actually have memories of making these cookies that mirror the ads Nestlé screens on TV — damn it advertising, got me again. The one thing that can make these suckers better, though: seasonally inspired M&M’s.

Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies with Valentine’s Day M&M’s

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 12-ounce bag M&M’s, roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in M&M’s. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Give to the one(s) you love or eat all of them yourself.

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What sweet treats are you guys whipping up for Valentine’s Day?

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