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M&M's® Cookies Recipe & Video

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M&M's® Cookies are so cool looking. I love how the candies are sitting right on top of each cookie rather than being buried in the dough like with a chocolate chip cookie. Kids especially like these giant cookies with their crisp edges and soft and chewy centers. The batter is actually a chocolate chip cookie batter, only we are replacing the chocolate chips with M&M's® candies.  


M&M's® candies are small rounds of milk chocolate covered in a hard candy coating with an "M" printed in the center of each candy. They were the invention of Forrest Mars Sr. The story goes that Forrest Mars traveled to Spain during the Spanish Civil War and noticed that the soldiers were eating small rounds of milk chocolate that were covered with a hard sugar coating which prevented the chocolate from melting (aka Nestle Smarties® ). He decided to invent a similar type of candy with his partner, Bruce Murrie, who was the son of the president of Hershey chocolate company. The M&M's® name was the product of combining the first letters of their last names (Mars and Murrie's). M&M's® started production in 1940 and were actually part of American soldier's rations during the Second World War. By the late 1940s they were widely available to the public and were an instant hit. Fast forward to today and both M&M's® and Nestle Smarties® are still going strong. If you have tasted both you know that although they may look similar, their texture and taste are different as they each use their own brand of milk chocolate and the candy coatings are also different. Both, though, have yellow, red, green, blue, and orange colored candies, but Smarties® also has pink and purple candies.

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M&M's® Cookies: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 

In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In the bowl of your electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter and sugars until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes). Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.

Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat just until incorporated. (If batter is really soft, cover and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes or until firm.)

Using 2 generous tablespoons (40 grams), or a cookie (ice cream) scoop, form batter into round balls. Place six balls of dough on each baking sheet. Gently flatten each ball of dough into a 2 1/2 inch (6.5 cm) round. Completely cover the tops of the cookies with the M&M's® or Smarties®. Gently press the candies into the dough. Bake the cookies for about 11 - 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through the baking time. The cookies are done when they are golden brown and set around the edges, but they will still seem a little soft in the center. The longer you bake the cookies the more crisp they will be. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack. Let the cookies cool a few minutes on the baking sheet before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes about 18 to 20 cookies.

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M&M's is a registered trademark of Mars, Incorporated.

Nestle Smarties is a registered trademark of Societe des Produits Nestle S.A.

M&M's® Cookies:

2 cups (260 grams) all purpose flour

1 1/4 teaspoons (5 grams) baking soda

1/4 teaspoon (1 gram) salt

3/4 cup (170 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature

2/3 cup (135 grams) granulated white sugar

2/3 cup (135 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar

1 large egg (50 grams), at room temperature

1 large egg yolk (18 grams), at room temperature

1 1/2 teaspoons (6 grams) pure vanilla extract

1 - 1 1/2 cups (200 - 300 grams) M&M's® or Smarties® candies

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