Chocolate M&M Cookies

October has flown by just like all the other months this year. Here is it the 21st and I still haven’t posted a single pink recipe for my Power of Pink Challenge. As a reminder, to participate in the challenge, make something pink and link back to the original post, and you will be entered to win a great pink prize. Be sure to check out the roundup from last year if you need some pink inspiration.

The easiest way to make something pink is to simply decorate it with pink decorations. That’s what I did this time around. Pink M&Ms have been around for a few years now and I’m glad they finally have the big bags. I grabbed two from Bed Bath and Beyond a couple weeks ago and threw them in the freezer (frozen M&Ms are the best!) I wanted to make sure I baked with them before Hubby and I worked our way through the frozen M&M a handful at a time… So I set out to make some M&M cookies.

Now, I’ve done M&M cookies before. I’ve also done M&M blondies. So I decided to hit up my Google Recipe for a new recipe to try with M&Ms in them. Let me just say, if you like chocolatey cookies, go home and make these tonight. They’re very very chocolatey and delicious. I decided to give them to Hubby’s sister for her birthday so I wouldn’t eat the whole batch.


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Chocolate M&M Cookies

Yield: 3.5 dozen


2 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder - I used 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder and 1/2 cup regular cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. unsalted butter
2/3 c. granulated sugar
2/3 c. packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 c. m&m candies


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Whisk to combine and set aside.

Beat butter, sugars, and vanilla in large mixing bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Gradually beat in flour mixture in two or three additions. Mixture will be quite thick. Stir in m&m pieces with a wooden spoon (I let my KitchenAid mixer do all the work there). Drop by large rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets *see note below*. Bake for 9 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to wire cooking rack.

A note about these cookies. For the first dozen that went into the oven, I just used my cookie scoop. One of those cookies is shown on the left in the picture below. Not too pretty and they didn't expand very much at all.

So for the next dozen, I decided to portion the dough out with the scooper and then roll it into a ball. One of those cookies is shown in the middle. Those didn't expand much either, but had a smoother finish.

For the last 1.5 dozen, I portioned the dough with the scooper, rolled it into a ball, then flattened it with the bottom of a wet glass and pressed 3 M&Ms into the top. You can see on the right that these cookies spread quite a bit more and they look prettier. I like the contrast between the dark chocolate cookie dough and the colorful M&Ms.
Long story short, my recommendation is roll the dough with your hands, then flatten it, and press 3 M&M into the top of the dough like I did to yield the cookie on the right.

Recipe from One Ordinary Day

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14 Responses to “Pecan Pie Brownies”

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    Blog is the New black — December 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Looks tasty!

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    Jessica Steele — December 3, 2012 at 11:35 am

    These look like heaven!!!

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    Shannon G — December 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    way to kick pecan pie up a notch! fabulous 🙂

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    Mal — December 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    These look absolutely amazing, I can never resist pecan pie

    Mal @ The Chic Geek

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    Megan — December 3, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    I actually did make chocolate pecan pie for Thanksgiving… and quite a boozy one too! I think these pecan pie brownies would have gone over well. I’ll keep them in mind for next year!

    • beantownbaker — December 4th, 2012 @ 10:08 am

      Boozy definitely means better in my mind!

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    Sarah C — December 4, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    These are in the oven now. I can’t wait to try them! Confession – I don’t think I can wait for them to cool overnight before I have a taste.

    • beantownbaker — December 30th, 2012 @ 11:30 am

      Hope you liked them!

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    Kelsey — December 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    What a great recipe, Jen!

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    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — December 24, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Holy yum!

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    Kelly Anne — December 28, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Nice recipe. I love a simple brownie recipe which is easy for the kids 🙂
    I also like the below brownie recipe.
    Thanks for sharing,

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    ashanti kimble — June 17, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    those hing look so good before i even try to cook them so awesome baby who ever invented those you are awesome so so good mmmmmmmm………..

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    Janessa J — November 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I found that baking the brownies for only 10 minutes before adding the rest was not long enough. The pecan pie topping fell right into the brownie batter and 55 minutes later,and what is left on the top is hard as a rock and the brownie still gooey and a little runny. I won’t be able to cut into squares but it still tastes good so I will chop it all together and we can eat with it a spoon and some ice cream.

    • beantownbaker — December 1st, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

      Bummer that they didn’t bake all the way through for you. Although underbaked brownies are one of my favorite desserts ever! Glad you still enjoyed them.

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