M&M Surprise Cookies

These cookies should be called “Super Sugar Overload Cookies”. They’re pretty intense. I could only handle eating one of these and I love chocolate and peanut butter. When you consider the anatomy of this cookie, it’s not wonder they’re sugar-coma inducing. Start with a peanut butter cookie pressed into a mini-muffin tin, then a Reeces peanut butter cup is pressed into the cookie. On top of the peanut butter cup are 4 mini marshmallows heated until they puff up. Next, a drizzle of chocolate which is finally topped with some crushed M&Ms. These little guys really pack a punch of flavors. It’s like a sugar party in your mouth.

I had a really hard time finding mini-M&Ms. In fact, I couldn’t find them. I looked in three stores with no luck. So I just used regular M&Ms that I chopped up a bit so they wouldn’t be disproportionate in size. It worked just fine.

Definitely be sure to let the peanut butter cookies cool completely in the pan. If you try to remove them too early, they’ll get all smooshed up and it won’t be pretty.

I had some issues with the peanut butter cookie batter. It had an odd texture even prior to baking. It was a bit gritty. Next time, I would definitely cream the peanut butter, then add the sugar and cream those two ingredients prior to adding the eggs. I think that would help with the texture. It wasn’t horrible, just not as smooth as I would have thought.

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Peanut Butter Cup Surprise Cookies

Yield: ~36

Ingredients:

2 Cup creamy peanut butter
2 Cup sugar
2 egg
24 mini Reeses Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped
mini marshmallows
2 Cup semi sweet chocolate chips
4-6 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/2 Cup mini M&M’s - I used chopped M&Ms

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place peanut butter, sugar and egg into a large bowl and mix until well combined.

Scoop dough evenly into a 12 count mini cheesecake pan or mini muffin pan. Cook for 13-15 minutes until almost done.

Remove from oven and press a peanut butter cup into the center of each cookie until flush with cookie top. Top each cookie with 4 mini marshmallows and return to oven for 2-3 more minutes or until marshmallows are puffed. Remove and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.

Place chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals until melted smooth. Stir in 2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream until silky and smooth. Spoon chocolate over top of puffed marshmallows and sprinkle with mini M&M’s.

Recipe from Picky Palate

I am submitting these as my entry for Flavor of the Month on Bake at 350. This month, the flavor is Cookies!

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22 Responses to “Chocolate Nutella Cupcakes”

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    Eva @ Eva Bakes — May 6, 2013 at 7:56 am

    Jen – these look phenomenal! I am pretty sure I could eat the entire batch of your cupcakes in one sitting. Thank you so much for helping Krystal and Eric celebrate Cupcake’s arrival!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:21 pm

      These were definitely dangerous. People were fighting over the last one at the party I took them too.

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    Megan — May 6, 2013 at 11:13 am

    They look delicious! Love that little cupcake stand.

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:22 pm

      I got it at Home Goods. Isn’t it super cute?

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    Erica @ In and Around Town — May 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Nutella frosting?! Yes please!

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    Krystal R. — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Awww Jen, these are so gorgeous and a great way for you to get back in your baking habit!! Did you know that I had a big nutella phase during cupcake’s pregnancy…I need this frosting in my life!! Thank you for participating in my virtual baby shower. XXOO

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      You definitely need this frosting in your life. Even if you just make it to eat with a spoon. It’s SO good. Good luck with the upcoming arrival of your cupcake! (my sister is pregnant and refers to her little one as her nugget!)

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    Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake — May 6, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    These look wonderful and that nutella cloud frosting sounds phenomenal!!

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    Jessica @ Sunny Side Up — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I used the nutella cloud frosting on my birthday cake last year and I was blown away at how perfectly the name matched the texture! I love how perfectly smooth and fluffy it is. And yours looks absolutely perfect on top of that cupcake!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

      I know – isn’t it the perfect name for this frosting. It’s amazing.

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    Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — May 6, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    I’d also fill these with Nutella, and use a chocolate stout cake… mmmm…

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:24 pm

      YUM! That’s a great idea.

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    tracy {pale yellow} — May 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Gorgeous cupcakes! It’s hard not to want a nutella cloud frosting! I just made cupcakes for the first time in awhile too, I forget how relaxing and fun cupcakes can be!

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    Jessica of My Baking Heart — May 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    You had me at ‘Nutella’, Jen! Beautiful cuppies!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 6, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    So cute and absolutely perfect!

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    Amy @ The Nifty Foodie — May 6, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Oh man…nutella frosting? These sound so good!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      It tastes much better than it sounds. Trust me. I’m debating going to get the leftovers out of the fridge to snack on some…

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 8, 2013 at 11:01 am

    Oh goodness, these look dangerous 😉 loving the nutella frosting!

    • beantownbaker — May 8th, 2013 @ 8:25 pm

      They’re definitely dangerous. I was glad I took them to a friend’s house.

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    Becky — May 8, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Those cupcakes are perfect!!!

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    Rachel — November 22, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Do i have to have a paddle and stand mixer? I only have a regular hand mixer at the moment.

    • beantownbaker — November 24th, 2013 @ 6:02 pm

      A hand mixer probably would work just fine.

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