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


  • 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


  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.


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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triple chocolate cherry m&m cookie supplies

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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54 Responses to “Triple Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies”

  1. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted on January 16, 2012 at 5:26 am (#)

    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. Becki's Whole Life posted on January 16, 2012 at 5:38 am (#)

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

  3. Robin @ Simply Southern Baking posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:07 am (#)

    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. Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:20 am (#)

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

    • TidyMom replied on January 16th, 2012 at 7:24 am

      They are a seasonal flavor, you might have to look around to find them! They’re worth the hunt!

  5. Amy posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:30 am (#)

    Cherry and chocolate are a yummy combo for sure!

  6. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:38 am (#)

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

  7. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:40 am (#)

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

  8. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:48 am (#)

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

  9. Amanda posted on January 16, 2012 at 7:57 am (#)

    Pretty darn genius my dear! :)

  10. Angie @ Bigbearswife posted on January 16, 2012 at 8:11 am (#)

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

  11. Nicola posted on January 16, 2012 at 8:40 am (#)

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

  12. Maria posted on January 16, 2012 at 8:41 am (#)

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

  13. Marie posted on January 16, 2012 at 9:07 am (#)

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

  14. Paula posted on January 16, 2012 at 9:19 am (#)

    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. Cassie posted on January 16, 2012 at 9:59 am (#)

    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. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids posted on January 16, 2012 at 10:25 am (#)

    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. Laura posted on January 16, 2012 at 10:30 am (#)

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

  18. Laura posted on January 16, 2012 at 10:30 am (#)


  19. Mary @ Bake Break posted on January 16, 2012 at 11:32 am (#)

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

  20. Jennifer posted on January 16, 2012 at 11:34 am (#)

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

  21. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. posted on January 16, 2012 at 1:03 pm (#)

    omg these look heavenly!!

  22. leslie posted on January 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm (#)

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

  23. bridget {bake at 350} posted on January 16, 2012 at 2:20 pm (#)

    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. Jessica @ How Sweet posted on January 16, 2012 at 3:04 pm (#)

    i love these cherry m&ms so much!!

  25. Sinea posted on January 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm (#)

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

  26. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts posted on January 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm (#)

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

  27. H. Rae posted on January 16, 2012 at 5:46 pm (#)

    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. Bridget Hedger posted on January 16, 2012 at 8:09 pm (#)

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

  29. Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies posted on January 16, 2012 at 10:55 pm (#)

    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. naomi posted on January 17, 2012 at 8:20 am (#)

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

  31. marla posted on January 17, 2012 at 8:25 am (#)

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

  32. Lisa [With Style and Grace] posted on January 17, 2012 at 11:58 am (#)

    my goodness, these look dangerously good!

  33. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction posted on January 17, 2012 at 9:15 pm (#)

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

  34. Diane {Created by Diane} posted on January 17, 2012 at 10:28 pm (#)

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

  35. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on January 18, 2012 at 11:02 am (#)

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

  36. Tickled Red posted on January 18, 2012 at 3:58 pm (#)

    Hello cherry M&M cookies!! Nice 😀

  37. Erica posted on January 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm (#)

    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. Leah posted on January 19, 2012 at 8:19 pm (#)

    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. verymerryvintagestyle posted on January 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm (#)

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

  40. Michelle posted on January 20, 2012 at 9:29 pm (#)

    AWESOME! These look sooooo good!

  41. Hollie posted on January 21, 2012 at 8:20 am (#)

    I love chocolate and cherry together… these look amazing!

  42. Lindy@ Itsy Bitsy Paper posted on January 22, 2012 at 7:06 am (#)

    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. Melissa posted on January 22, 2012 at 11:22 am (#)

    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. Laurie @ Gallamore West posted on January 22, 2012 at 1:18 pm (#)

    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 :)
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  45. Mique posted on January 27, 2012 at 12:30 am (#)

    Featuring these on my Pity Party tomorrow Cheryl! xoxo

  46. Carrie posted on February 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm (#)

    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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