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Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies

 

Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M cookies from TidyMom

A few weeks ago, while I was trolling the Valentine candy isle at the grocery store (totally in the name of blogging ) I couldn’t resist nabbing a bag of Cherry M&M’s. Chocolate and cherry is a classic flavor combo and one of my favorites. I was certain I could find some use for them, if I didn’t eat the whole bag first! not that I would do that! {wink}

So I did what any good blogger would do………I made cookies!

I knew I wanted a good rich chocolate cookie and I struck gold when I opened the Chocolate Pinterest Board that several of us contribute to. Be warned…….if you click to see this Chocolate Pot of Gold, it may will cause excessive drooling!

Chocolate Recipes Pinterest Board

In no time at all, I spied a pin for Double Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Cookies . Dana raved that this was her favorite cookie recipe to date, and I believed it could easily be adapted for what I was wanting.

There is no skimping when it comes to chocolate in this cookie recipe! They pack a powerful chocolate punch, thanks to the Ghirardelli cocoa powder, Nestle chocolate chunks and Hershey’s dark chocolate morsels, along with the chocolate in the cherry M&M’s. They had all of us chocolate lovers moaning with delight!

These Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M cookies were a snap to make, made the house smell amazing while they baked and each bite was rich and decedent, even sans the Cherry M&M’s.

Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M cookie recipe from TidyMom



Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 48

Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies

a chocolate covered cherry lovers dream cookie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Ghirardelli)
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 1¼ cups Nestle Semi Sweet Chocolate Chunks (appx 1/2 bag )
  • 1¼ cups Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Chips (appx 1/2 bag )
  • 3/4 bag Cherry M&M’s

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand or stand mixer, cream together butter and shortening.
  4. Add sugars, eggs and vanilla and beat on medium high for a full three minutes.
  5. Combine dry ingredients with butter mixture until well incorporated.
  6. Fold in chocolate chunks, chips and M&M’s.
  7. Using a small cookie scoop, or large spoon, scoop the dough onto ungreased (or parchment lined) cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Notes

Quick notes SLICE AND BAKE VARIATION: PREPARE dough as above. Divide in half; wrap in waxed paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm. Shape each half into 12-15-inch log; wrap in wax paper. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.* Preheat oven to 350° F. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices; place on ungreased (or parchment lined)baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutesCool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies. Recipe slightly adapted from Made.

Variations We made these both with and with out the cherry M&M’s and both were delicious.

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you can certainly substitute , but here is what I used to make Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies

Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Chips | Nestle Semi Sweet Chunks | Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa | Cherry M&M’s

 

We often devour cookies warm right out of the oven, but these were best after they cooled completely. Allison also enjoyed them crushed up over a bowl of ice cream!

These chocolatey cherry cookies reminded me of a box of chocolate covered cherries. I would suggest whipping up a batch for your favorite Valentine. Just be sure to save a few for yourself!

Have you tried the Cherry M&M’s? I’ve heard they had Cherry Cordial M&M’s out during the holidays, I would guess these are the same. They are fantastic right out of the bag if you’re a fan of cherry and chocolate!

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Comments

  1. 1

    Cherry M & Ms? Oh wow, love that idea! I just picked up a bag of peanut butter ones and baked something with them over the weekend.

  2. 2

    I love chocolate and cherries – these are too cute! This is a nice Valentine’s Day cookie:-)

  3. 3

    Oh my! These sound sooo good! We just discovered the Cherry M&M’s a couple of weeks ago and my hubby is addicted…we bought 2 bags on our last trip to Wal-Mart.

  4. 4

    Yummy, we don’t have that flavor here, but it sounds like it would be so good.

  5. 6

    Cherry and chocolate are a yummy combo for sure!

  6. 7

    I haven’t seen them yet, here. Yum!

  7. 8

    YUM! These look so good, Cheryl! I’ve had cherry cookies on the brain, too. Aren’t they yummy?

  8. 9

    Yum! These cookies are filled with deliciousness! And that chocolate Pinterest board? Swoon!

  9. 10

    Pretty darn genius my dear! :)

  10. 11

    I think I miss a lot by keeping myself away from the candy/holiday sections of the store haha. These look great!!

  11. 12

    Those look so great – and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

  12. 13

    Love baking with M&M’s! Love these!

  13. 14

    I didn’t even know they had cherry M&M’s — how neat! These cookies sound awesome as my son would say :-)

  14. 15

    I thought peanut butter M&M’s were my favourite. These cherry flavoured ones are new to me and when I find them the PB ones may have to take a back seat! Cookies look delicious.

  15. 16

    Those cookies look so tasty! Those cherry M&M’s are so yummy! I used them over the holidays for Rudolph’s nose on my cake pops!

  16. 17

    You have convinced me to buy a bag of cherry M&M’s the next time I am at the store, simply so that I can make these cookies. Yummy!

  17. 18

    These look sooo yummy!! Check out my Savory Chocolate Post that is live today!!!

  18. 19

    Oh yes I am sooo in LOVE WITH THE CHOCOLATE PINTEREST BOARD!!!

  19. 20

    Cherry M&M’s!?! You’ve opened my eyes to a whole new category of sugar… thank you :)

  20. 21

    YUM YUM YUM! Have you tried the cherry cordial Hershey kisses?? Addicting!

  21. 22

    omg these look heavenly!!

  22. 23

    Whaaaa? How can I have missed these m & M’s? they sound downright delicious!!!

  23. 24

    I’ve been scared to try those cherry m&m’s….but if YOU say they’re good…and in COOKIES….I don’t think I can resist!

  24. 25

    i love these cherry m&ms so much!!

  25. 26

    Cherry M&M’s…and I thought I knew my M&M’s! Thanks for the great recipe.

  26. 27

    I have never heard of Cherry M&M’s before – totally looking for them tomorrow at the store! The cookies look so chocolatey!

  27. 28

    Cheryl, I just found your blog and am in love! It’s just fabulous! I host a Monday link party and would love for you to join me with this yummy recipe at

    Wishing you a wonderful Monday!

  28. 29

    Yum! These would be perfect for Valentine’s. Im def adding these to my sweets list. :) Thanks for sharing

  29. 30

    I bought some of these myself when trolling the Valentine’s day aisle, and I think they’re pretty great. I think my chocolate-obsessed sister would adore them. Unfortunately, we ate all the m&ms before I had a chance to do too much with them, so I guess it’s back to Target I go! The cherry cordial m&ms were slightly different, a lot stronger cherry flavor, and if I remember correctly, they had pink insides. But I could just be remembering the cherry cordial kisses by mistake. Great post, Cheryl!

  30. 31

    Cheryl-These are so my kind of cookie!! Have I told you I will work for dessert?

  31. 32

    Such a SMART idea for them to make cherry m&m’s. These cookies sounds amazing!

  32. 33

    my goodness, these look dangerously good!

  33. 34

    These look so yummy, Cheryl!! I’m really craving chocolate now. :)

  34. 35

    oh they look so wonderful. Love Pinterest, Love Chocolate and these yummy cookies :) genius!!!

  35. 36

    I LOVE those cherry m&m’s!! These look like a fabulous cookie!

  36. 37

    Hello cherry M&M cookies!! Nice :D

  37. 38

    Buy the Cherry M&M’s when you can! They disappear FAST and then they are gone (until they decide to bring them back). Stock up! :)

  38. 39

    Yummm! I didnt even know cherry M&Ms existed, but am sure glad I know now!! These are PERFECT for valentine’s day parties :)

  39. 40

    very cute… and they sound fabulous! visiting from TT & Jello–
    Mary

  40. 41

    AWESOME! These look sooooo good!

  41. 42

    I love chocolate and cherry together… these look amazing!

  42. 43
    Lindy@ Itsy Bitsy Paper says:

    These look amazing. I may have to Pin these for a future Cookie Time Tuesday Recipe.
    I hope you will link up to my I Heart Projects Party!

  43. 44

    I found you on Tatertots & Jello… these looks amazing! I’m hosting a Valentine theme linky party starting tonight at 11:30. Would love it if you came by and linked up!

  44. 45

    Oh wow, these look amazing!! I have to admit, I didn’t think I was a huge fan of the chocolate/cherry combo, but after trying out the combo with my chocolate cherry whoopie pies this past week, I LOVED it! Pinning these now! And by the way, I love your blog and got SO excited when I saw that you visited mine recently :)
    xo,
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  45. 46

    Featuring these on my Pity Party tomorrow Cheryl! xoxo

  46. 47

    These look fabulous! What a great combo! If you liked cherry cookies… you should try these. They are called 40 Winks. They have a full cherry in the middle and are frosted (pink of course!!) They are a family fav

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