There is something that is just fun when it comes to putting colorful candies in your cookies to make chocolate candy cookies. They are bright and kids are drawn to them more than an average chocolate chip cookie. As we know the taste isn’t any different, but kids love the bright colors that make these cookies just plain exciting.
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Do I Need to Use Real M&Ms to Make These Cookies Work?
No of course not. You can get non-name brand M&Ms in bulk at your local bulk food store. They will have the same effect on your outcome as a name brand. If you are not a chocolate lover you can also substitute Reese’s pieces. The same goes for Reese’s pieces as does the M&Ms when it comes to a non-name brand.
Are These Chocolate Candy Cookies Hard to Make?
These cookies are actually very easy to make. With only eight ingredients to work with it makes these cookies fun to make with the kids. On a count of that, the M& Ms aren’t put in until you have made your ball of dough the younger kids could enjoy pressing them in. The only ingredients you might need or not have on hand are the chocolate pieces.
The great thing about these cookies is that you can substitute different milk chocolate piece colors for different times of the year. Since M& Ms come in different color schemes for different holidays, these would be festive during the holidays such as Christmas, Halloween, Easter, and the 4th of July.
Homemade Chocolate Candy Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup salted butter softened
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 cups M&M’s
- Preheat your oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a large mixing bowl, use a hand or stand mixer to mix together the brown sugar, sugar, and butter.
- Mix in your eggs on low.
- Now mix in your flour and baking soda
- Scoop out your cookie dough with a tablespoon, roll into small balls, and place on your baking pan
- Press about 4-5 M&M’s on top of each cookie dough ball.
- Bake for 10 minutes, let cool, and enjoy!
What is the Origin of the M& M?
The first time M&M’s were commercially introduced was in 1941 by Forrest Mars, Sr. The idea for the candy from Forrest Mars Sr was after seeing soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell during the Spanish Civil War. The candy was made with a hard shell so that soldiers could carry the chocolate during warm weather. The hard shell would make it much harder for the chocolate to melt. You know the saying, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.” This is M& M’s longest known slogan.
They were quickly distributed by the United States Armed Forces during World War II. These little bits of chocolate were initially designed to allow easy transport and consumption for the soldiers in the war. During the war, M& M’s were exclusively sold to the military.
I Bet You Didn’t Know….
- A traditional milk chocolate M& M weighs about 0.91 grams / 0.032 ounces and has about 4.7 kilocalories (kcal) of food energy (1.7 kcal from fat).
- Rumored years ago that M& M’s outer candy shells were made from beetle juice was false. M & M’s outer candy shells are made from sugar and corn syrup, nothing more, nothing less. The candies are highly buffed by a process that gives them the look of having shellac covering. As for the beetle juice rumor, some candies did use it as a confectioner’s glaze, as in original Junior Mints.
- The rarest color of the M& M family is gray. In the 90s it was produced for a contest, but never massed produced like the other colors.