Sunday, February 5, 2012

Chocolate M&M Cookies for Valentine's Day

You can't have Valentine's Day without some chocolate.

Well I suppose you could have Valentine's Day without chocolate, but I think you would be missing out.   I have made variations of these cookies numerous times and really think they are the perfect fit for a sweet V-Day Treat.  The chocolate is rich, but not over the top and the cookies are almost brownie like.  I would definitely prefer a box of these cookies over a box of chocolates!  I used the adorable V-Day M&M's but you could use any color M&M or substitute chocolate or white chocolate chips if you don't want to use M&M's.  I think peanut butter chips would be a nice idea too.

Chocolate M&M Cookies
recipe from Baked Perfection

2 cups all-purpose flour
 cup baking cocoa
1 3.4 oz package of instant chocolate pudding Mix
 teaspoon baking soda
 teaspoon salt
 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
 cup granulated sugar
 cup packed brown sugar
 teaspoon vanilla extract
 large eggs
1 2/3
 cups M&M's

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Combine flour, cocoa, pudding mix, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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