As any mother does, I love taking photos of my own kids. Since it is summer, we have taken lots of photos of the boys outside recently, so I wanted to change it up and do something I love doing for clients that we hadn’t done yet – a lifestyle photo session.

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Since all sessions are more fun for kids when they have something to do (and snacks always help!) baking cookies seemed like an obvious choice! We have lots of M&Ms around lately since we just finished potty training, so we made some yummy M&M cookies.

The boys love to help with everything at this age and they had so much fun. You should definitely these cookies out if you get the chance, they were delicious!

The recipe was adapted from Pretty Simple Sweet and Alton Brown’s chewy cookie recipes. The secret is melted butter, plenty of brown sugar (the darker the better), and only using the yolk of the second egg. Also, chill the dough or the cookies will spread.

Fun M&M Cookies

Yields 16-24 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour (bread flour is even better if you have it)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1.5 sticks of butter, melted

1/2 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar (the darker the better)

1 large egg

1 egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup M&Ms

Directions:

Melt the butter over low heat. set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined. Whisk in the egg, yolk, and vanilla extract. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture until well combined, but don’t over-mix.

Chill the dough for at least 2 hours or overnight (nap time was our perfect chilling opportunity). Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Scoop rounded dough onto prepared baking sheet (parchment paper might be a good idea, but I didn’t use any). Bake between 12-18 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. Cookies are done when they just start to brown on the edges.

Cool, eat, and store leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container.

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film

Toddlers Baking Cookies | Family Lifestyle Photo Shoot on Film