Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dark Chocolate M&M Cookies

The holiday baking season has officially begun.

It's December 1st which means it's the first day of our Advent calendar gifts. Since I recently crafted my own baking inspired Advent calendar, I decided to put it to good use and bake something for my husband's first gift. It's no secret in our house that my husband is a huge dark chocolate fan. In fact he takes the Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate bars I keep for baking as his own dessert stash. 

While I was searching for little gifts to buy, I found a bag of dark chocolate M&Ms that I picked up for one of his gifts. Then I thought they would be put to better use in a chocolate cookie to really give him his dose of dark chocolate. 

So I went to my chocolate cookie standby and used Barefoot Contessa's White Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe and adapted it for my own personal uses. As usual I substituted self-rising flour for all the leavening agents. Then I added chopped pecans and the dark chocolate M&Ms.

The result was a serious chocolate cookie and a great start to the Advent calendar tradition..

Dark Chocolate M&M Cookies 
(Adapted from Barefoot Contessa's White Chocolate Chunk Cookie recipe)

2 cups self rising flour
2 large eggs
1/2 pound unsalted butter
2/3 cup cocoa
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup dark chocolate M&Ms
1 cup chopped pecans

Set the oven to 350 degrees. With a mixer cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and eggs. Add the cocoa until fully incorporate and then add the 2 cups of flour.  Stop mixer and by hand fold in the M&Ms and pecans. Use a large cookie scoop (my preference) and on a parchment lined cookie sheet scoop out the cookies (you will get roughly 28) Wet your hands and lightly push the tops down so its level (it helps it spread evenly) Bake for about 12-15 minutes.


  1. MM...MM...MM...dark chocolate is is indeed YuMMy.

  2. Dark chocolate is also my favorite, i find it to be so luxurious. My husband is starting to eat it more also! These cookies look wonderful. I've never heard of using self rising flour in place of the leavening agents. I like that. So often, I want to bake but then I think of all the cleanup involved...

  3. Wonderful! Dark and decadent. I could get converted to dark but a cookie like that.

  4. Oh my goodness - this looks too delicious. Pour me the milk!

  5. Oh my, those must be addictive!

  6. Your cookies look so yummy! I love dark chocolate; can't go wrong with it.

  7. These sound so delicious and what a great idea to tie it in with the advent calendar. My husband would love little surprises like this!

  8. My daughter would love this.

  9. don;t think i can get dark chocolate M&Ms in Amsterdam...but should try with the normal ones... these look wonderful!

  10. Amazing cookies! Would love to feature one of them in my 12 Cookies of Christmas contest:


  11. Oooh, those look so naughty! Love it!


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