M&M Cookies to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Hubby and I don’t usually celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure how that happened, but we’re both ok with it. We usually just have a nice dinner at home and some wine. No gifts, no fancy restaurants, just chillin. Even though we don’t get all romantic and mushy on Valentine’s day, I do love to bake for this holiday.

You see, my three favorite colors are red, pink, and purple. I love them all almost equally, but if I had to rank them, it’d be red first, then purple, then pink. Not pastel pink, a good hearty dark-hot-pink – like the dark pink M&Ms in the Valentine’s Day color combo. One of the reasons I love baking for Valentine’s day is that I’ll most likely be making something with one of my favorite colors. Last year I made red velvet cupcakes that I took to work. This year, I happened to grab a bag of Valentine’s Day M&Ms while I was at the store the other day.

I have a soft spot for holiday colored M&Ms. Not sure why, but I just love them. So I set out to make some M&M cookies. Now I’ve already made two versions – regular M&M cookies and chocolate M&M cookies. Both were great, but I always prefer to try new recipes.

I whipped up this batch of cookies last weekend, but didn’t want to have cookies in the house, so I baked up a dozen and froze the rest. The dozen that I baked went with me to a food photography seminar – which I still need to blog about (check out Elina’s or Kerstin’s recap).

To freeze the cookies, I just rolled them out as if I was going to bake them. Then I put them on a cake pan lined with waxed paper and threw them into the freezer. Once they were frozen, I put them all into a ziplock bag. These frozen cookies are going to some friends who just had a baby. That way the new parents can bake a couple cookies at a time for some instant comfort.

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M&M Cookies

Yield: ~3 dozen

Ingredients:

1 c brown sugar
1/2 c sugar
1 c shortening
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 c M&Ms

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, mix sugar, eggs, shortening, and vanilla thoroughly. Add flour, salt, and baking soda to creamed mixture. Blend well. Add 3/4 cup of M&M candies.

Portion out some dough using a cookie scoop. Using your hands, roll into a small ball and place on cookie sheet. Slightly push a few candies on top of each dough ball with remaining candies.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. (13-15 if taking straight out of the freezer).

Recipe from Allrecipes.com

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21 Responses to “Layered Marshmallow Brownies”

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    Xiaolu — March 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Oh these look so yummy! Love the crackly looking top.

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    yumventures — March 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    They look soooo good! Thanks for the tip about the sweetness factor…I love having a little bite of something completely decadent!

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    KRISTINA CIPOLLA PHOTOGRAPHY — March 3, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    AH…these look heavenly….mmm…thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

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    bakingblonde — March 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Wow, those look great! I love those

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    KV — March 3, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    I’m not sure it is possible to be “too sweet” but these look very good!

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    Miss Yunks — March 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    These looks so good! Can’t wait to try!

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    MemΓ³ria — March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not crazy about marshmallows, but these brownies look amazing!!

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    Justin — March 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    “nice and thick”… wow, you aren’t kidding. that was a bold move switching the pan though. glad it worked out in the end.

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    Kristen — March 3, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    MMMMMMM those sound awesome!!

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    Candi — March 3, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    oh my word! those look delicious!

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    CB — March 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I can’t stop looking at your picture. I think that means I need to make these brownies. I’m not sure if I should thank you for shake my fist at you πŸ˜›

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    Brisbane Baker — March 4, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Blaspemy!! Nothing is TOO sweet πŸ™‚

    I love these! Might give em a go when a occasion comes up πŸ˜€

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    Brisbane Baker — March 4, 2010 at 12:17 am

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    nutmegnanny — March 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    These look awesome! I would love to have one of these sitting in my kitchen right now πŸ™‚

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    Ashley — March 4, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    These look AMAZING! I feel like I need to go to the gym just looking at them. πŸ™‚

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    Erin — March 5, 2010 at 2:57 am

    These look delicious! I love anything with marshmallows!

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    Kat — March 5, 2010 at 3:39 am

    I wish I could reach through the computer and grab these! They look awesome!!

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    Ingrid — March 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    I make something similar but cheat and use a boxed brownie mix. The frosting I use doesn’t have marshmallows in it which helps with the sweet factor.

    That’s a great idea baking these in a smaller pan. I would prefer the brownie part a bit thicker.
    ~ingrid

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    Jes — March 11, 2010 at 5:50 am

    Um…I guess I didn’t let my icing cool enough and it melted the marshmallow completely…it looked like Mt. Vesuvius erupted on my counter ha ha! I wish I could post a picture! They still tasted yummy though =)

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    Caryn — April 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    I made these, but the chocolate topping turned out not great, not dissolved and gritty. – I think you mean “icing sugar” don’t you, when you say sugar for the frosting?

    • beantownbaker — April 18th, 2013 @ 11:28 am

      I used granulated sugar for the frosting. When it is cooking on the stove, it should completely dissolve the sugar.

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