M&M Chocolate Cookies Recipe

M&M Chocolate Cookies

This M&M chocolate cookies recipe creates delicious family treats. They are eye catching cookies as the bright colors of the M&Ms really stand out against the chocolate cookies. Your kids will LOVE LOVE LOVE these wonderful cookies!

M&M chocolate cookies are fun & colorful cookies to make for Christmas, birthdays, etc. You can also turn these cookies into a wonderful family project. Have your kids help you to make the cookies. For example, they can place various colored M&Ms on the cookie dough tops… while secretly munching on a few M&Ms that they have “liberated”.

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Key Ingredient – Delicious M&Ms!

Gently Press M&Ms into the Tops of the Cookie Dough “Patties”

Kids LOVE M&M Chocolate Cookies!!

M&M Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients – M&M Chocolate Cookies Recipe

  • 16 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 – Large Eggs
  • 3/4 Cup – Light Brown Sugar (packed cup)
  • 3/4 Cup – White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon – Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups – Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 3/4 Cup – Cocoa Powder Natural Unsweetened (not hot chocolate powder)
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon – Salt (optional – use only 1/2 teaspoon if you are trying to reduce the sodium in your diet)
  • 1 Cup – M&Ms (milk chocolate)

Servings – Roughly 24-30 cookies (amount depends on the size of the cookie that you create)

  • Equipment required for this recipe – Measuring cup & spoons, mixing bowl, electric mixer, tablespoon or cookie dough scoop, oven mitts, silicon spatula, baking sheets, cooling rack and an oven.

Instructions – M&M Chocolate Cookies Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Soften butter in the microwave.
  • Lightly beat eggs.
  • Mix eggs, butter, granulated white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to mix these ingredients together. Mix until creamy.
  • Then stir in the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Do not add the M&Ms at this time. Use an electric mixer to mix all of the ingredients together. Mix until ingredients are completely blended and cookie dough looks creamy. FYI – Read the tips section below to find out why using an electric mixer results in a much better cookie than mixing by hand.
  • Scoop dough with a tablespoon or cookie dough scoop and place this dough “ball” onto a nonstick baking sheet & press down to create a cookie “patty”. You will need at least 2 baking sheets in order to bake all of the cookies at the same time (if they can fit in your oven) or you will need to bake each batch separately (one after the other).
  • Leave space of roughly 2-3 inches between each dough ball because the cookies will spread as they bake.
  • Gently press M&Ms into the tops of each cookie dough patty.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove baking tray from the oven. Wear oven mitts. Leave cookies on baking sheet to cool for 2-3 minutes. Otherwise, cookies might break when removed from the baking sheet.
  • Use a spatula to remove cookies and place cookies on wire cooling racks in order to cool completely.

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Tips – M&M Chocolate Cookies Recipe

  • Legal info – M&M’s® is a registered trademark of Mars, Incorporated.
  • The tips below are designed to help cookie “novices” and/or people with limited baking experience.
  • I used milk chocolate M&Ms to make these cookies. However, to make things extra special, you can use your children’s favorite M&Ms in order to make your cookies. There are tons of different M&Ms such as M&M minis, pretzel M&Ms, caramel M&Ms, etc.
  • You can even make M&M peanut butter cookies by using peanut butter M&Ms.
  • Or you can create even fancier chocolate cookies with “personalized” M&Ms (i.e. M&Ms with your child’s face, their names, etc.). Visit the official M&M website to see how to personalize M&M candy.
  • You can make your M&M cookies with a variety of different colors or cookies that contain only a single color (i.e. cookies with only blue M&Ms).
  • For the pictures above, I used roughly 7-9 M&Ms for each cookie top.
  • You can even make fun M&M Christmas cookies by shaping the M&Ms into triangle Xmas trees on top of the cookie dough.
  • Don’t use hot chocolate powder as a substitute for the cocoa powder. For the best results, you should stick to natural unsweetened cocoa powder (which is used mainly for baking).
  • Natural unsweetened cocoa powder is the ingredient that provides these chocolate cookies with their fantastic dark chocolaty color & flavor. According to Wikipedia, cocoa powder is “the pulverized cocoa solids left after extracting almost all the cocoa butter. It is used to add chocolate flavor in baking, and for making chocolate drinks”.

 

  • Cookies come out much better if you mix the ingredients with an electric mixer. The cookie dough comes out “creamier” and the ingredients are blended in better if you use an electric mixer.
  • Completely mix the eggs, butter and sugar together with an electric mixer BEFORE adding the flour. This will result in much better cookies. See the inadequately blended problems in the line below.
  • Mixing only by hand can lead to the cookie dough being inadequately blended. This can result in your cookies having unwanted “clumps” of ingredients (i.e. small flour clumps) and/or a gritty texture (inadequately blended sugar grains). Use an electric mixer for best results.
  • You can make the cookie dough balls (drops, spoonfuls, etc.) with 2 tablespoons, a cookie dough scoop or your hands. Some people also like to wear food grade plastic gloves when making cookie dough balls/drops.
  • Use of a cookie dough scoop will give you more consistently shaped cookies versus varying sizes from using a less “exact” methods such as using a tablespoon or your hands.
  • For “rounder” cookies (with no edges sticking out), you can use a cookie dough scoop or mold the cookie dough by hand into round balls and then press down on the dough ball until it turns into a patty or pancake shape.
  • For a more “natural” cookie shape, you can scoop the cookie dough with a tablespoon and place the cookie dough “drops” onto the baking sheet without shaping the dough. Your cookies will taste great and just have a few more natural edges and bumps.
  • Interesting fact – According to Wikipedia, “The candy-coated chocolate concept was inspired by a method used to allow soldiers in the Spanish Civil War (1936–1939) to carry chocolate in warm climates without it melting”.
  • If you have a problem with a cookie recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using the correct oven temperature), using the correct amounts of ingredients (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measuring cup or accidentally add a tablespoon when a teaspoon is called for), using the correct ingredients (i.e. baking soda/powder versus yeast or all purpose flour versus bread flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • In addition, you should always try to use relatively fresh baking soda & powder for the best results. For example, using baking soda from an open container (that has been deodorizing your refrigerator for months) may lead to subpar results. Old & hard baking soda/powder may lead to rising problems and/or leave small bitter clumps in your chocolate cookies.
  • You can visit our Cookie Instructional Videos section if you want to watch videos that discuss common cookie problems & solutions, how to make chewy or crunchy cookies, etc.
  • Be safe! Food that contains candy and/or nuts is a potential choking hazard for very young children.
  • For more cookie recipes (i.e. milk chocolate chip, butterscotch or cranberry), please visit Bread Dad’s main Easy Cookie Recipes section.

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M&M Chocolate Cookies Recipe

This M&M chocolate cookies recipe creates delicious family treats. They are eye catching cookies as the bright colors of the M&Ms really stand out against the chocolate cookies. Visit BreadDad.com for more easy recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time9 mins
Total Time19 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cookies recipe, M&M chocolate cookies, M&M chocolate cookies recipe, M&M cookies, M&M cookies recipe, MM cookie recipe
Servings: 30 Cookies
Calories: 168kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 16 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • 3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar (packed cup)
  • 3/4 Cup White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder Natural Unsweetened (not hot chocolate powder)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt (optional - use only 1/2 teaspoon if you are trying to reduce the sodium in your diet)
  • 1 Cup M&Ms (milk chocolate)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Soften butter in the microwave.
  • Lightly beat eggs.
  • Mix eggs, butter, granulated white sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Use an electric mixer to mix these ingredients together. Mix until creamy.
  • Then stir in the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Do not add the M&Ms at this time. Use an electric mixer to mix all of the ingredients together. Mix until ingredients are completely blended and cookie dough looks creamy. FYI - Read the tips section below to find out why using an electric mixer results in a much better cookie than mixing by hand.
  • Scoop dough with a tablespoon or cookie dough scoop and place this dough “ball” onto a nonstick baking sheet & press down to create a cookie "patty". You will need at least 2 baking sheets in order to bake all of the cookies at the same time (if they can fit in your oven) or you will need to bake each batch separately (one after the other).
  • Leave space of roughly 2-3 inches between each dough ball because the cookies will spread as they bake.
  • Gently press M&Ms into the tops of each cookie dough patty.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove baking tray from the oven. Wear oven mitts. Leave cookies on baking sheet to cool for 2-3 minutes. Otherwise, cookies might break when removed from the baking sheet.
  • Use a spatula to remove cookies and place cookies on wire cooling racks in order to cool completely.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1Cookie | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 126mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 218IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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