Special Request: Mint Chocolate M&M Cookies

Friday, May 23, 2008
My sister, Rachel, requested these cookies.  She loves mint chocolate!

Mint Chocolate M&M Cookies

Cooking spray
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided use
1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour flour
1/3 cup unsweetened Dutch processed cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups Mint Crisp M&M's

Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray and set aside.

Melt 4 tablespoons butter, in a small saucepan, over medium heat. Remove pan from heat and whisk in chocolate chips until melted and smooth.

In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Knead in additional 6 tablespoons butter, using your fingertips, until pea sized lumps form.
In a large bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together granulated sugar, vanilla extract, peppermint extract and melted chocolate mixture, until well combined-about 1 minute. Beat in eggs until well combined-about 2 minutes. Gradually beat in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in M&M's by hand, until well combined. Chill dough in the refrigerator for 1 hour, or the freezer for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Use a 1/4 cup measure to portion out dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes at 375 degrees F; cool 2 minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

56 comments on "Special Request: Mint Chocolate M&M Cookies"
  1. Delicious looking cookies! Grocery baggers hate me when I forget my bags.

  2. Em, I love it when you voice my 'inner voice'. I don't complain out loud a lot, but oh the conversations in my head! The thing I hate is when not only do they use too many bags, but this one lady at my store likes to tie the bags - TWICE. I hate that. The cookies look yummy!

  3. Oh my goodness, mint M&M's!! We don't have these in the UK :(

    These cookies look so good!!


  4. I am not sure that I have seen the mint M & M's here yet, but these would be equally as good with the peanut butter ones:D

  5. Oh, yum. I love m and ms. I want to make these for St. Paddy's day. Can I wait that long? I doubt it.

  6. Those cookies look yummy. I bought the same M & M's and put mine in brownies. They didn't last long.

  7. chocolate mint! i don't think these m&ms are sold in canada so i may have to make due with mint chocolate bars.

    i too feel guilty about the ridiculous amount of bags i leave the grocery store with... this reminds me to put a handful of bags in my car!

    i actually went into my local grocery store and asked if i could give back some of the bags (they looked at me as if i was crazier than i actually am).

  8. The grocery store I go to actually gives you a 5 cent discount for every bag of your own that you bring in. I think that's pretty cool that they are encouraging their shoppers to use reusable bags. Hopefully your grocery store will catch on soon!

    These cookies sound fantastic. I love mint.

  9. Nothing wrong with a little complaining. As always your sweets are exceptional.

  10. These sound great! I love Thin Mints. I have never had mint M&M's so maybe your sister can give me some too. When I check out of the grocery store, I am the bagging nazi. I make them pile as many items in one double bag and then I get those biceps pumped all the way to the car :) Have a good weekend!

  11. Well as part of the Greek culture, we've made complaining an art form! Geez that's a lot of plastic bags you have there Emiline! I don't blame you for being upset! Love the cookies with the m&m's...what a nice touch!

  12. Ok, that cookie looks like the center of the universe with little green planets orbiting. Cool.

    You TELL those bagger people to leave your stuff alone! Who needs all that plastic!? Al Gore will kick their asses. Have you seen his biceps???

    What KIND of wine, you little minx??

  13. i bought a bag of these the other day for the sole reason that indiana jones was on the bag. i am not embarrassed.

    i feel you on the plastic bags, although my grocery clerks don't feel quite as forcefully about bags as yours seem to. i try really hard to remember my re-useable totes, but then i forget them and buy more just so i don't get the plastic bag guilt. so now i have a closet full of plastic bags, and another of re-useable totes.


  14. I like how you decided to go with chocolate cookies for this recipe. And your presentation is too cute! Nicely done.

  15. great photo! love the colours.
    i'm a sucker for green things so i'm completely drawn :) love the darkness of the cookie too. i'm craving it!

  16. Ooh mint and chocolate, sign me up!

    I saw this on TasteSpotting and without looking at the name, I was like, "This looks like an Emiline post!" :)

  17. clearly lots of things go well with chocolate, but i think mint's my favorite. i would be out of control with those cookies.

    you're preaching to the choir about those silly cashiers. i've started using the self-checkout lanes if at all possible so i can bag my goods the way i want 'em bagged!

  18. I hate all those plastic bags, too.

    I keep throwing the bags into the trunk of my car, intending to put them in the store's recycling bin. Then I forget about them until I open the trunk to put the next load of groceries in. Oh hum.

    BTW, those cookies do look good.

  19. Haha, love the 'Seinfeld' reference ;0)

    What a fun variation on M&M cookies, with the mint! Yum!

  20. My grocery store gives us tokens to place in little donation boxes for whenever we bring our own bags. Each one is 5 cents they donate to local non-profits (I always put them in our local bike activist group's box). But still, I forget to bring my bags... oh well.

    Those cookies look so wonderful!

  21. ohhh my how beautiful! i love the green color in it, it looks so happy! i'll bet the taste is totally delicious. mint and chocolate are one of my favorite combinations. and i hear ya on the plastic bags. i have never understood why it takes so many!

  22. Those look yummy! I always put produce in my cart without putting it in a bag first...seems silly not to do it that way. The grocery stores around here give you a choice of paper or plastic. I always chose paper, then use those bags for my recycling. I am in the process of making my own (fabric) bags, but I know I will leave them in the wrong car, or forget them at home!

  23. Hilarious post, Emiline! Not only did my mom have those books for us, but apparently it didn't stick because I do like complaining, too! I have to reign myself in or else I'd have to human companionship, though. :(

    I can't wait to try this recipe!

  24. Um Em? You know that you have created my FAVORITE flavor combo ever here?
    I could drown in a sea of chocolate and mint. I'd bite you for them too. Probably worse.

    You should move to Seattle. If I accidentally forget my canvas bag for my groceries, I get the snottiest "you are single handedly destroying mother earth" look from the hipster checker. There is a bill in the state legislature that will charge a fee for use of plastic bags.
    You'd love it.

  25. Ha ha- These comments are funny. You know what I should have written?
    No more plastic bags!
    As in, No more wire hangers!

    Deborah- I think that's a good idea. There definitely needs to be a change.

    Lisa- I try to do that too.

    Catherine- I like all wine. This one was pretty cheap, though, because I was cooking with it.

    Diva- I used Dutch processed, so yeah, they're really dark.

    Laura- Yay! I'm glad I'm getting a "signature" look on Tastespotting.

    Grace- I try to do that too.

    Brittany- Seattle would be awesome. I would drink coffee all day while I gazed at the Space Needle.

  26. I love your story and reasoning for making these cookies...too funny!

  27. Bring my own fabric bags; Have now for several years.

    Love the recipes...

    Cheers, etc.

  28. Awesome cookies. If I forget my reusable bag, I just use the bags I get at the store as trash bags.

    A friend of mine once said she and her coworkers tried to spend an hour at the office and not complain. Well, the room fell silent for a few minutes and finally someone spoke up and said she just couldn't do it. Complaining seems to be a major part of human conversation.

  29. I hate the grocery stores here in Milton. I would love to use paper bags over plastic, but the paper bags have no handles, so it's not like I can carry all those bags unless I grow a new pair of arms or something. I really should bring my own bags.

    Those cookies look yummy! They look moist and soft!

  30. That whole Seinfeld thing just had me roaring.

  31. Hi Emiline... I was completely drawn into your post today. I feel guilty too when I don't bring the bags I actually PURCHASED for the purpose of saving the environment. I need to keep them in my car. Kudos to you for thinking up a recipe that utilized the leftover M&M's.

    We need to fill up all three of our cars with gas today. Will you entertain us with the gas crisis in your next post? :)

  32. You are too funny. For years my house was overrun with grocery bags. I always insisted on Paper IN Plastic, because I could reuse them. Now I always bring my own. You forgot the worst part of using plastic bags - except for the ruining the planet part - which is that all the stuff falls out of them in the trunk (unless the bagger has knotted them shut, which is another problem) AND instead of taking 1 or 2 trips to get it all into the house, you have to make many or you end up breaking all your fingers.

  33. Those cookies sound so good! I like the mint and chocolate combo.

  34. Wow, you know, I've never had that issue with plastic bags here in Austin :)...thank goodness, I'd complain, too, if I were in your shoes! I also feel guilty when I forget to bring my cloth bags...and I agree, paper bags should replace the plastic ones. They're so much more durable! I'm glad Whole Foods at least decided to get rid of the plastic ones :).

  35. i love crispy mint m&ms! i definitely want to try this recipe (as long as i can keep from eating the entire bag before i make the cookies...)

  36. I just read your About Me section and I wanted to tell you, that I do everything that you're interested in. If you want any advice or direction, I'm willing and able to give it!

  37. We have the opposite problem with bags here now - the cashiers try to stuff everything, no matter how heavy, into one bag.

    Love these cookies - we don't have mint M & Ms here, but they sound great!

  38. Yum! Those photos are great. You should submit one of them to Tastespotting!

  39. Mint M&M's are just the best ones. Have you tried the Indiana Jones-related Mint Crunch ones?

  40. LOL. I just about finished a huge bag of Peanut Butter M & M's. My mom bought them and didn't care for them, so I pretty much went to town. Unfortunely no one took the bag away from me to make cookies... Or I would have bit their arm off.

    The mint ones sound ridiculously good. The cookies are making me drool even though I am all
    M & M'ed out right now.

  41. Hahaha! How funny. My parents did the same thing. I don't think it stuck though. I do a lot of complaining! Haha.

    And I'm totally with you on plastic bags. I hate how we have them period.

    Aside from that, these look awesome!!

  42. Hahaha, you make me laugh. Same thing happened to me yesterday at the grocery store, coupled with the fact that my cashier was apparently also on drugs and kept asking me if I was "awesome." Uh, I'd be a lot more awesome if you didn't use 6 plastic bags to encase my shrink-wrapped chicken tenders...

  43. It's not complaining it's venting! And venting is allowed.
    Every now and then I ask for plastic bags. I donate them to my mom who gives them to the "gift shop" at her senior housing so that the shop can bag things when the seniors buy stuff. It's my way of "recycling".

  44. Yum!

    I haven't jumped on the "bring your own bag" bandwagon. There's nothing better for picking up doggie doo when I take Charlie for a walk. Plus I'm sure I'd forget them. That's why I don't use coupons any more -- all that time sorting them and clipping them and then I'd forget them and then they'd expire.

  45. Mmmm! These look so cute and tasty. Love you post, it's all completely true even if we all don't admit it!

  46. I'm seeing more and more supermarkets offering re-usable shopping bags. Some even give you a discount if you bring you own bags so i guess it's going in the good direction. Even the M&M's are green! hehe.

    It's looking yummy!

  47. Oh, my son will jus about do any chore for these cookies - even pick up dog ......

  48. They look absolutely fantastic, can I have one??? :)

  49. I used to get really worried about what the cashiers thought, then one day I remembered: oh, yeah - this person is a grocery store cashier.

    Nice lookin' cookies there, liddle lady.

  50. I noticed your name on another blog and I just had to visit with you. My blog is Sugarplum Cottage, how great it is to share almost the same name. SC is the name of my small gift and garden shop in MS, I have been opened for about ten years. After all these years I still love the name Sugarplum, don't you?

    Your blog is so sweet and I love all the recipes you have listed. I love to cook, so I am for sure gonna' make these cookies. So nice to meet you and I look forward to reading your other post.

    Hugs, RoseMarie

  51. Oh WOW mint M & M's what am I missing here in the U.K.!! Just adore your cookies and what a great combo of flavours mmmmmm

    Rosie x

  52. Woman you crack me up!! I just found your page from tastespotting and thought I would say hello and tell you that you are great!

  53. Sweet & Saucy- Thank you!

    Anon- That's good of you!

    Rachel- Yes, complaining is awesome.

    Val- Thanks!

    Giz- Glad I could help!

    Recipegirl- I'll be thinking about that.

    Sue- Oh yes. You understand.

    Kevin- Thanks.

    Sophie- Did they? I think I heard that, awhile back.

    Dessert Obsessed- Yes, they're very good.

    Nikki- I might send you an email.

    Cakelaw- Thanks!

    Beth- I did!

    Kristen- Those are the same. That's what I meant.

    Annie- Mmm, peanut M&M's sound good.

    Tarah- Thanks!

    Dana- That's funny.

    Mrs. L- Yes, I like the word venting.

    Thanks everyone else! I ran out steam. Sorry.

    Oh, hello Sweet Sins!

  54. I love chocolate and mint together.

    I hate how cashiers are always looking at me funny when I bring in my own bag and want to pack a lot in there without any plastic bags. Although, I did used to work for 6 years as a cashier and it is a life sucking job, so I think I was probably bitter and weird like that once,too.

  55. Yum!
    I just added you to the "Fellow Foodies" list on my blog! I will definitely be stopping by more often.