Cherry M&M Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I saw these cookies on Picky Palate over the holidays. They reminded me of these Oatmeal Chocolate Cinnamon Cookies that I love. I decided I had to find some cinnamon M&Ms. Then I found out the hard way that getting my hands on some cinnamon M&Ms was going to be much easier said than done.

I looked in every place I could think of for those silly cinnamon M&Ms. Apparently everyone else in Boston was sitting at home snacking on them while I was out searching for them. Or maybe they just didn’t make it to Boston. Either way, I was ready to give up.

Then I was at the store and noticed they had candy out for Valentine’s Day. I thought maybe they’d have some of the mysterious cinnamon M&Ms since they’re red. No such luck. But they did have these red cherry M&Ms. I decided to give them a shot and just give up on the cinnamon ones.

I followed the same recipe and even included the ground cinnamon which turned out to be the right decision. The cinnamon gave a great boost of flavor to these cookies.

I ran out of M&Ms for the last few cookies and I have to say, this chocolate chip cookie recipe without the M&Ms is pretty tasty too.

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Cherry M&M Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Cherry M&Ms provide a burst of cherry flavor that compliments the chocolate, cinnamon, and oats in the cookie dough.

Yield: 5 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

2 sticks softened unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla
3 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup rolled oats
1 3/4 cups chocolate chips
1 9.90 ounce bag Cherry M&Ms

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or parchment paper.

In a stand or electric mixer, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla mixing until well combined.

Place flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl, mix to combine then add slowly to mixing bowl, mixing on low speed. Add cinnamon, rolled oats and chocolate chips. Mix until just combined.

With a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart. Press cookies down about 1/2 inch to flaten slightly. Press 3 cinnamon M&M’s onto each cookie.

Bake for 9-12 minutes, until baked to your liking. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes on baking sheet before removing to cooling rack.

Recipe adapted from Picky Palate

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9 Responses to “Rocky Ledge Bars”

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    Cara — March 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I’d love to have one of those for breakfast right about now 🙂 Can’t wait to see what else is in store this week!

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    yumventures — March 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    These look amazing and delicious! I have never made bars, but I love eating them! I can’t wait to see the rest of your recipes, and I’m sure they will inspire me to make some bars of my own 🙂

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    Sara — March 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    These look great! They’ve got a little bit of everything.

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    KV — March 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Yummm. I’m excited to see what else you post this week – I always make bars instead of individual cookies, so much easier!

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    ErinsFoodFiles — March 22, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Those bars will always have a special place in my heart, because that’s what I debuted my blog’s new look with! Plus… they are just insanely delicious!

    Looks great!

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    Julie — March 23, 2010 at 1:02 am

    I can’t even begin to tell you what I’d give for one of those right now!

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    Kelly — March 23, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Those look delicious and definitely something my hubby would love. I’ve been in a baking funk lately and will have to try these this week.

    On another note…since you’ve changed your blog around a bit, it’s taking a very long time to load. Is it just me that’s having this problem?

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    Jen — March 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for letting me know Kelly. I haven’t heard that from anyone else. I use Google Chrome and it doesn’t seem to have any issues, but I’ll definitely look in to it.

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    booksncooks — April 15, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    These were great using up all the random baking goods in my kitchen. Wonderful recipe!

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