M&M Cookies

I’m entering into my Power of Pink Challenge. There are quite a few breast cancer awareness events this month. I saw this M&M cookie recipe and I knew I had to try it. Growing up, my mom made M&M cookies using yellow cake mix. They’re quite tasty but I really don’t like using cake mix (I know, I’ve become a food snob). So I’ve been in search of a great M&M cookie recipe for about a year now. I made monster cookies and they were great, but weren’t exactly what I was looking for… This recipe really hit the spot. The large amount of brown sugar keeps these cookies sweet and moist. I love the texture and the bits of pecan in cookie.

I took these to our second week of beer pong league. I did have one person ask if the M&M were leftover from Valentine’s Day. I explained that they were for Breast Cancer Awareness. Seriously, do you think a bag of M&Ms could last in my cabinets for 8 months?!? (I happen to love M&Ms in everything – on ice cream, with pretzels, and by themself, frozen of course). Enough babbling from me, on to the recipe…

M&M Cookies – from Delish – originally from the Cookie Bible
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar – I used Splenda Brown Sugar blend
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 1/3 cups M&M’s, divided
1 cup chopped pecans
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until well blended. Add eggs; beat well.

Gradually add flour mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in 3/4 cup M&Ms and all the nuts.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Press 5-6 of remaining M&Ms on each cookie before baking. Bake 9-11 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Yields about 3-3 1/2 dozen cookies. I made a double batch which yielded a about 6.5 dozen cookies. I used my cookie scoop to portion the batter.


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33 Responses to “Red Velvet Cheesecake Cake”

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    Lindsay @ Peace, Love and French Fries — December 15, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    that cake is so beautiful, and sounds delicious!

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    Kim — December 15, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Wow! Your pictures are amazing! I would love to sink my teeth into that cake right now!

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    SimplySweeter — December 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Well…. you’ve done it again! Now, I simply have to add this to my Christmas Eve repetoire. It is fabulous! So many recipes….not enough time!

    http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    Meesh — December 15, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    wow! this look unbelievable. I might have to conquer my fear of baking just for this.

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    Shannon — December 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, that is stunning! Nice job!

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    Boston Food Diary — December 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Whoa..this looks beyond incredible…I dont think my sweet tooth will be satisfied ever without this!

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    Karin — December 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    I have to do this for Christmas dessert! Thanks for sharing!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — December 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    C’est magnifique! Great job!!

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    Krystal — December 15, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Seriously, that looks downright sinful and gorgeous!!! Just amazing Jen!

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    Shannon — December 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    wow, this is over the top 🙂 but totally worth it!! looks awesome!

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    Cupcake Activist — December 15, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    What a great combination of flavors! I can almost smell the cake. Yum!!

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    Sinful Sundays — December 15, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    STUNNING! Good job on this, I want a piece!

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    EliFla — December 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    …great cake!!! and happy bday to Z!!! Hugs, ciao Flavia

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    Melissa @ Made in Melissa's Kitchen — December 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    What am amazing cake! I love the bright red and contrasting white, simmply beautiful!

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    Rhondi — December 15, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    What a beautiful cake! My family would love this. Cheesecake and red velvet are my hubby’s favorites. Maybe I will make it for his birthday!

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    Sherry G — December 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Talk about impressive! You go!

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    The Small Boston Kitchen — December 15, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    And just when I think you can’t keep coming up with brilliant ideas and delicious photos…this looks/sounds utterly amazing!

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    Megan — December 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Cheesecake in between the cake layers… OMG. You so outdid yourself. That is amazing!

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    MaryMary — December 16, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Wow. I saw a similar cheesecake but couldn’t fint a recipe so resolved to just make “plain ole red velvet cupcakes.” This looks so much better!

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    Susan — December 16, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Oh My – this looks so amazing!

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    KV — December 16, 2010 at 4:15 am

    that looks awesome! I saw something similar in the Sam’s club add that I’ve been wanting to try but homemade would be even better

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    Vickii — December 16, 2010 at 11:25 am

    This cake looks so beautiful and I bet it tastes INCREDIBLE! I couldn’t print it out fast enough – I’m definitely trying it in the new year! Wow!

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    Caroline — December 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    this has been on my ‘want to try’ list for a while! Maybe this will be the push i need to give it a try!

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    Katrina — December 17, 2010 at 1:49 am

    That cake looks gorgeous and delicious!

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    Elizabeth — December 17, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    This is so cool! The only reason I like red velvet is the cream cheese frosting and this just takes it to a whole new level!

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    Pretty. Good. Food. — December 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Wow, where to begin?! That bright red is gorgeous! The cheesecake hiding in the center sounds ridiculously delicious! Gorgeous photos too:)

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    Dina — December 17, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    this is a perfect holiday cake! great idea.

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    Cakebrain — December 18, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    What a great idea! I love how the cheesecake layer looks so impressive sandwiched between the shockingly red red velvet layers!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 20, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Ok this looks amazing!

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    Joanne — December 22, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Hey girl, I am 100% sure I am going to make this for Christmas…it looks amazing! Just wondering…you used a 9″ springform pan for the cheesecake, right?

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Joanne, Sorry for the delay, but yet, I used a springform pan for the cheesecake. I think that’s why it came out a tad bigger than the cake layers. Did you make it for Christmas? How did it turn out?

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    Anonymous — January 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    I made this for Christmas and it was absolutely AMAZING! My family really enjoyed it and I already have thoughts of the other cakes that would be incredible with a layer of cheesecake inbetween. What a great idea!

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    Sheka — September 24, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    This looks amazing! I am making 60 red velvet cupcakes for my cousin’s homecoming. I used the red velvet recipe without the cheesecake…AMAZING! The best recipe I have found yet. Thanks, keep it up!

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