Chocolate-Peanut Butter Peanut M&M Cookies

Thursday, September 10, 2009
Half chocolate cookies, half peanut butter cookies with chopped peanut butter M&M's.  

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Peanut M&M Cookies

2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, plus an additional 1/4 cup
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups peanut M&M's
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease cookie sheets using preferred method.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together 2 1/2 cups flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, peanut butter, sugar and granulated sugar until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla until well combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until combined.

Divide dough into two bowls. In one bowl, beat in additional 1/4 cup flour until combined; stir in 1/2 cup M&M's. In additional bowl, beat in cocoa powder until combined; stir in 1/2 cup M&M's. Lightly cover dough and chill in the refrigerator or freezer until firm, about 15 minutes.

Form dough into two balls, shape into logs, and wrap in separate pieces of plastic wrap; chill for 10 minutes.

Place additional 1/2 cup peanut M&M's in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin. Remove cookie dough logs from freezer, press together, and roll into crushed M&M's to coat the outside. Cut log in half, wrap logs in plastic wrap, and chill for 10 additional minutes.

Slice logs into 1/2-inch thick rounds, place on cookie sheets, and bake for 14-15 minutes, or until golden brown around edges. Cool 1 minute before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

22 comments on "Chocolate-Peanut Butter Peanut M&M Cookies"
  1. My son just saw these and has asked me to make them for can I resist such a request! These look fantastic...

  2. My head is spinning just LOOKING at those luscious cookies - so mesmerizing.

  3. girl you keep making those cookies no matter how messy your hair is.

  4. Okay, seriously? I have already bookmarked pretty much every recipe you've posted. You're killing me! I need to take a week off work and do nothing but bake cookies.

  5. Looks super! I'm sure these would disappear so quickly on a dessert table or cookie exchange.

  6. Delicious. Why choose between chocolate and pb cookies when you can have both?

    When it comes to M&Ms, I'm wild for the almond ones, but they're not always easy to find.

  7. Love love love this. I'm making these for my hubby! These are his favorite flavors... and I don't make nearly enough cookies :). Can't go wrong with M&Ms!

  8. These are indeed beautiful - so much packed into these gorgeous cookies. Sweet dreams!

  9. These look so fantastic! I agree, peanut M&Ms are the best, but peanut butter come in a close second.

    Can't wait to see more cookies, if they look and sound as great as these then my diet is in trouble!

  10. What a fun one! Peanut M&M's are dangerous for me.

  11. These are so cute- I love the light and dark halves!!!

    Naps on the couch always make me feel so groggy when I wake up but they always seem like such a good idea at the time!!

  12. I was just about to go to a movie theater and thank god I checked your blog beforehand, because I was honestly thinking of seeing one of those movies! Guess I'll see District 9 instead.

    I saw an interview with the main guy from 500 days of Summer and he just seemed so darn proud of how awesome the movie was...wah wah, sorry dude.

    and the cookies look fantastic, I wish I had some for District 9.

  13. These look great, I love the difference in color dark and light. I love peanut m&m's instead of peanut, but lets face it I don't eat them otherwise I would be bigger!

  14. Thanks everyone!

    Ivy, glad I could warn you. I wish I could send some cookies with you to the movies. :)

  15. I'm crossing my fingers... This is the first time i've made homemade cookies so i'm super nervous i did it wrong. They are in the oven now and look beautiful. I got confused on the shape I was supposed to cut them to... was i supposed to ball them or keep them flat? I hope my fiance loves them!

  16. Just made these last night and I'll be blogging about it with a link here soon. Very tasty! Thanks for sharing your creation with humanity. :)

  17. These cookies sound absolutely wonderful! I plan on making them in the near future and hope they come out even half as beautiful as yours. =)

  18. I found this recipe last night and made them. They were delicious. Thank you for posting it!

  19. I don't know what I did but these did not turn out so great. The bites with m&ms are REALLY good, but the actual cookie part is...not so good. :(