Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Chocolate M&M Cookies for Power of Pink Challenge

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.

Chocolate M&M Cookies - from One Ordinary Day - makes 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 above. 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.


As a reminder, don't forget to enter in my autographed Alton Brown cookbook giveaway.

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13 comments:

Katie said...

Jen, I totally love your blog. You always ahve the BEST treats! I LOVE the picture with all the cookies resting on the m&ms. GREAT idea! :)

Jigginjessica said...

Looks beautiful as always!

stephchows said...

perfect use of pink! So interesting about how the cookies reacted to the way you rolled them! Thanks for the heads up!

oneordinaryday said...

Your cookies look great and that's a good tip about getting them to look their best too. My kids and all their friends love these cookies. I've made them a few times since I first posted them and they never last long.
thanks for the link!
~ Michelle

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those are beautiful and perfect for such a great cause

The Novice Chef said...

What an adorable picture! Also helps that they are for a great cause! :-)

Natalie said...

M&Ms are my favorite treat and I love that during this month everything is PINK! The cookies look fantastic.

Kat said...

I am bummed I missed your Power of Pink contest as I was utilizing October to raise awareness around breast cancer too! I made some cookies and have a post on my site: http://katskitchenplace.blogspot.com/2009/10/october-is-breast-cancer-awareness.html
I like the chocolate cookie base of your cookies! Thank you for sharing. Looking forward to checking back and seeing all what people make towards your challenge :)

tastestopping said...

A chocolate cookie topped with chocolate candies? What could be better? Perhaps a tall, ice cold glass of milk to go with them! They look divine. I'm wondering if you might skip the rolling and flattening by creating a wide log of dough (without M&Ms), slicing to the thickness desired, then pressing candies on top? Seems like the dough might be fairly easy to shape into a log. A quick pop into the fridge before slicing would help firm it up. Just a thought! I can't wait to try them.

Best,
Casey
www.tastestopping.wordpress.com

P.S. Not sure if I've invited you before, but I'd love to publish any of your photos that FoodGawker and TasteSpotting decline! Thanks. :D

nutmegnanny said...

I love the dark chocolate and pink M&M contrast. What fantastic cookies:)

natalie said...
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natalie said...

I just made your recipe for these cookies yesterday and took them to church. The kids went nuts and they've never turned out as pretty as they did this time. Thanks for the helpful tips because my m&m cookies have never turned out prettier! 9 minutes was also perfect timing as well.

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel said...

Both pretty and I'm sure delicious! I love how you showed the comparison between batches to give better suggestions for prettier cookies. The final batch are definitely the prettiest of the bunch. I love that the pink pops w/the chocolate cookie.

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