CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER M&M COOKIES

•What is a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter?  If you ask my dear Hubby, he’ll tell you that chocolate chip cookies are a better combination…..he wanted me to name these cookies “why the f*&# aren’t these chocolate chip cookies”  I’ve been experimenting with all kinds of cookies, and well, he’s not a fan.  He only wants chocolate chip cookies, yes this is my life =)  I, on the other hand, think these are delicious!!  They have a brownie type texture with peanut butter mixed in and loaded with peanut butter M & M’s.

 Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com
 
2 sticks unsalted butter
2 oz unsweetened bakers chocolate
1 tsp kosher salt
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
2 eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tbls dutch processed cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking power
2 cups peanut butter M&M’s- divided
 
Prep and baking time-3 hours
makes 24-30 depending on size of scoops
350°

 

In a small sauce pan, melt the butter, chocolate squares, and salt on med low heat.  Once melted whisk, and set aside to cool.

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In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the sugars and peanut butter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

In my dreams I thought these would cream together and be nice and smooth, but looks more like graham cracker crumbs…..don’t worry the melted butter should help.

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour in the melted chocolate and butter. Mix until incorporated and scrape the sides of the bowl.

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

Nope, the butter didn’t help…..a little grainy looking.

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

Mix in the eggs, one at a time on med high speed.

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Yeah!! There we go now it’s looking good!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

Add in the vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cocoa.  With the mixer on low, mix in the dry ingredients, scrape down the sides.

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Add in 1 cup of the M&M’s and either mix by hand or with the mixer.  Some will break either way, but you can be a little more gentle with a wooden spoon.  Let the dough chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

Preheat oven to 350°

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.  With two spoons or an ice cream scooper, plop dough onto baking sheets about an inch or so apart.

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies SmittenFoodie.com

Remember that extra 1 cup of M&M’s……push 3-4 into each cookie.

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

Pop into oven and bake 15-17 min, rotating halfway through.  Cookies will still be a little fudgy and the candies might crack.  Transfer to cooling racks.  Can be stored in an airtight container for 1 week♥Enjoy

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

Chocolate Peanut Butter M&M Cookies  SmittenFoodie.com

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