SMU Cookies

There are too many things going on with these cookies to give them a proper name, so instead I will name them by their purpose: to celebrate SMU Homecoming.

We had a huge party at our house last weekend for my husband's 10 year reunion for SMU. John was in charge of the beer and jello shots, and I named myself the Snack Captain. Every party needs good snacks. Unfortunately, I think the beer took center stage at this party (as evidenced in the photo below):
It's hard to upstage a mug of beer that big, but I made a very solid attempt.  I wanted to make some delicious cookies with an SMU theme, but I didn't really have time for frosting and extreme decorating. I went to the SMU bookstore for some ideas, and proceeded to get absolutely ROBBED on several packages of red and blue M&Ms. It couldn't possibly be that expensive to sort out those colors. But, in desperate situations people will do foolish things. So I bought 8 packs of the million dollar M&Ms and proceeded from there.

These cookies have a lot of good stuff in them. They are chewy from the oatmeal and excessive flour, but crispy from the Rice Krispies. They are fun, chocolatey, butterscotch-y, and original. Change up the M&M color and you could make them for any themed party....although I recommend doing the color sorting yourself to save thousands of dollars.

WARNING: this recipe makes a million cookies. More like 60, actually...but you may want to halve it if you don't want to be stuck at the oven for 3 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugars together in the bowl of a standing mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla.  

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, soda, and powder.  Slowly add to the sugar mixture.  Add the chips and oatmeal, then turn off the mixer. Stir in the rice krispies and M&Ms by hand.

Drop the cookie dough on a greased cookie sheet, and bake for about 12 minutes. Take out before completely set - this will keep them chewy!

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