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M&M peanut butter cookies, with dark chocolate

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peanut butter cookies with M&M

This is one of my favorite, classic recipes for peanut butter cookies, and this time I added some M&M’s of dark chocolate variety to dress them up a bit. You can’t really go wrong combining dark chocolate candy and peanut butter, so cookies came out perfectly! They have a moist texture, almost like a brownie, especially if you manage to eat them the same day (which is, believe me, hard not to do). After the first day, they get crispier and will keep that amazingly soft and chewy texture. This is such a great recipe – everybody loves it, even those who are not big fans of peanut butter. It’s just an all around great cookie!

peanut butter cookies with M&M

Do not skip the step of rolling the cookies into small balls and then rolling them in granulated sugar: that’s what makes them look so light in color and pretty! If you don’t roll the cookie dough balls in sugar, your cookies will come out much darker.

By the way, look whom I saw today on my way to the doctor’s office: little baby elk or deer (I can’t really tell the difference) prancing around:


Baby elk (or deer)

Baby elk/deer

Baby elk/deer

On my way back, I saw the same baby elk/deer again, hanging out casually in the same spot eating some grass and enjoying morning sun – just being cute and adorable.

peanut butter cookies with M&M

I am planning to make these cookies tonight and hope you do some time too! Enjoy!

peanut butter cookies with M&M

M&M peanut butter cookies

Total time: 30 minutes

Adapted from Martha Stewart.


  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (let the butter from refrigerator sit on the counter for about an hour or so)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/6 cup granulated sugar for coating
  • a package or two of M&M candy (dark chocolate kind)

Makes 15-18 cookies

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream peanut butter and butter in a mixing bowl until smooth. Add brown sugar; beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla, and continue beating until creamy.

2) In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add dry ingredients from step 2 to wet ingredients in step 1, beating on low speed.

3) Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or lightly greased aluminum foil. Place granulated sugar on a plate. Roll spoonfuls of cookie dough into balls, rolling each ball between your hands. Roll balls in sugar to coat them completely.

4) Place cookie balls 2 inches apart on a prepared baking sheet. Bake until cookies begin to puff up slightly, about 7 minutes. Remove from oven. Press several M&M candies on top of each cookie. Return to oven; continue baking for about 5 more minutes, until cookies just turn golden brown and chocolate begins to melt. Remove from oven and let the cookies cool at least 10 minutes on baking sheet before transferring cookies to rack to cool completely.



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  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 11, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Peanut butter cookies are my favorite 🙂

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress) June 11, 2013, 9:41 pm

    Aw the lil elk/deer is so cute!

    These cookies look and sound amazing, I’m always a fan of a pb/dark chocolate combo

  • Monique June 11, 2013, 9:52 pm

    The cookies look mom good:-)
    The elk?
    Too cute.
    What a gift to have seen him..and twice:-)

  • Monique June 11, 2013, 9:53 pm

    My android added the o to mm..on it’s own..here again..but I deleted it..know it all android.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes June 11, 2013, 9:54 pm

    Love the dark chocolate addition!! Very unique..and they look so awesome!

  • Liz June 11, 2013, 9:56 pm

    These cookies look spectacular! A must bake recipe!!!

  • Jean | DelightfulRepast.com June 11, 2013, 10:27 pm

    The cookies look delicious and would even be good without the candies, so with one batch of dough you can please both the plain cookie fans and those who like the chocolate. How I envy you your deer sightings!

  • [email protected]'s Recipes June 11, 2013, 11:40 pm

    These peanut butter (noticed that you are a peanut butter fan too) cookies look terrific!

  • Ashley June 12, 2013, 7:25 am

    You definitely cannot go wrong with peanut butter and dark chocolate! I love that roll in the sugar too – makes them look extra pretty. That baby deer / elk is so cute – we get to see them by my parents a lot – they always remind me a little of my dog with their big eyes!

  • Cute little fellas — both the yummy cookies and the baby deer!!! I have just pinned the cookies.

  • The Café Sucre Farine June 12, 2013, 10:22 am

    Yummy! My little girlies would LOVE these!

  • Deb June 12, 2013, 12:09 pm

    Chocolate Chip Cookies are a favorite at my house! What a splendid treat!

  • Rosa June 12, 2013, 2:05 pm

    Lovely cookies and cute baby elk!



  • Daniela June 12, 2013, 2:30 pm

    Mmh, the cookies look so tempting and peanut butter is one of my favs.
    The baby elk is very cute.

  • Patty June 12, 2013, 5:37 pm

    Great photos! Never enough of one of my favorites- peanut butter cookies-(love the added M&M candy on top)-pinned!

  • [email protected] June 12, 2013, 6:52 pm

    Dark chocolate always works for me! Fun cookies – I love M&Ms in my peanut butter cookies too. Or in almost any cookie, really – one of those favorites from when I was little that I still enjoy today (most candies that I used to like I find “OK” but not compelling). Good post – thanks.

  • Anne ~ Uni Homemaker June 12, 2013, 7:30 pm

    These look yummy! You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and M&M. 🙂

  • Hannah June 12, 2013, 9:49 pm

    I’m drooling over these pictures! Those cookies bring me right back to my childhood- I can’t remember the last time I’ve had one, but I do suddenly miss them terribly. I’ll have to hunt down chocolate lentils (AKA, kosher/vegan M&M knock-offs) to revisit those happy memories.

  • Tash June 13, 2013, 7:56 am

    Hi Julia! Those cookies look delicious, as always. I have been craving them for ages but due to some health woes, until I have surgery I am on a low-to-no-fat diet. It is truly miserable! I have told Mr VP that the second I am better, I expect biscuits (cookies) and icecream 😀

    I don’t know what lenses you have, but it’s always worth getting a 70-300mm kit lens or maybe a 200mm fixed as they are useful (and good for lazy photographers, like me, who don’t want to limb and claw their way to get closer to what they’re photographing!). You’ve got some great photos of that deer though! Very sweet.

  • Nami | Just One Cookbook June 13, 2013, 4:13 pm

    My kids will jump for joy when I make these. 🙂 M&M makes the cookies so colorful and cheerful!!

  • Mmmm.. Cookies with M&M’s are always a favorite! The kids always love the addition! Have a fabulous weekend!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies June 13, 2013, 7:17 pm

    Ahhh! I am freaking out over that deer! 😀 I love deer. So adorable! And I love these cookies too–M&Ms are the perfect addition to peanut butter cookies. 🙂

  • Lisa H. June 13, 2013, 11:14 pm

    very colourful and cheerful looking cookies 😀

  • Jill June 14, 2013, 2:31 pm

    Love these colorful cookies and the furry friend you came across! M & M’s are my favorite childhood candy!

  • Suzanne Perazzini June 15, 2013, 7:55 pm

    Peanut butter always makes cookies so much better. Aren’t the ears too big for a dear?

    • Julia June 15, 2013, 8:31 pm

      Yes, his ears are very big: I thought it was because he was a baby deer. Maybe, it’s an elk after all.

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef June 16, 2013, 5:49 pm

    what a great use for dark chocolate m&ms!

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