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Wednesday, July 15

Chelsea McTigue is the owner of Handmade by Chelsea, a home bakery located in Cleveland Heights, that specializes in decorated sugar cookies. Born in 2016, the core tenants of the business are a reflection of Chelsea's personal ethics of treating every individual with kindness and dignity, listening to others and working to make a positive impact on our community. Oftentimes, holiday and special order pre-sales include a donation to a Cleveland non-profit organization. She has created cookies for numerous high profile clients, corporations and non-profit organizations. 

Chelsea is also a member of the team in the Office of Alumni Relations and has expertise in event management, social media and communications strategy. When she's not at an event or in the kitchen, she is likely on a run or hike somewhere in Cleveland with her two dogs. Chelsea is a self-professed storytelling addict, whether in a podcast, book, film or tv. She and her husband, both members of the JCU class of 2014, enjoy exploring new restaurants and ice cream shops in their community. They also love traveling the world together and are always in search of their next adventure. 

Handmade by Chelsea’s  - Salted Chocolate Chip M&M Cookie Recipe

Makes approximately 16 small cookies


  • 1 stick salted sweet cream butter
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or imitation vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher flaky sea salt
  • Additional 1 teaspoon kosher flaky sea salt to be sprinkled on top of dough balls,
    before baking
  • 1 ½ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ½ cup M&M chocolate candies


  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside
  2. Using a microwave safe bowl, heat stick of butter in microwave until 50% melted, approximately 30 seconds
  3. Using a stand or hand mixer, mix the butter with both sugars until creamy
  4. Add the vanilla and egg, mix on low speed until just incorporated, approximately 10-15 seconds
  5. Add the flour, baking soda and sea salt. Mix until all combined and dough forms. It will be moderately sticky.  If too wet, add additional flour 1 tablespoon at a time.
  6. Add chocolate chips and M&M candies, stir on low until just combined.
  7. Using a cookie dough scooper or your hands to form small balls, scoop dough onto cookie sheet, leaving approximately 1 inch between cookies. There will be minimal spread.
  8. Top each dough ball with a small sprinkle of flaky sea salt.
  9. Preheat oven to 350º F
  10. Once all dough is scooped into balls, place the cookie sheet in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes, up to several hours. This step is important for ensuring the dough will not spread and your cookies will be thick and chewy.
  11. Bake cookies for 11 - 13 minutes. The cookies will appear slightly underbaked, with very minimal brown around the edges.
  12. Let cool on the sheet for 30 minutes - 1 hour.
  13. ENJOY!

This summer, JCU is launching a new program, focusing on the youngest members of the Blue Streak community, children of our alumni, faculty, staff and friends. We invite our families to explore science, the arts, and your kitchen, as we offer programs that will keep your children's interest and keep their minds engaged. We look forward to welcoming your family to JCU Jr..

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