Wandering through the Christmas candy aisle, I came across Orange flavored M&M’s. I quickly grabbed a bag and tossed it into my cart (along with 2 family size bags of regular M&M’s. Hey, I am going to be putting those on chocolate covered popcorn! It’s not like I am going to eat all those M&M’s. I mean, I could, but I know better!).
Anyways! I just decided to use them in something simple. Cookies! I made a chocolate cookie dough and added orange zest to it. Then after I scooped the dough, I added the Orange flavored M&M’s. The M&M’s are slightly bigger than normal M&M’s (more the size of peanut butter M&M’s) and I wanted to make sure they were evenly distributed, so placing them on top of the cookie dough worked well. The orange flavor, from the M&M’s and the orange zest, isn’t strong but you will taste it. Note: the orange flavor is actually stronger the next day.
As a huge fan of chocolate, I find the different flavors of M&M’s fun to try- to eat and to bake with! Now I am on the lookout for White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s. Katie saw them recently,so I know they are out there!!
Chocolate Orange M&M Cookies
Makes 38 cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2 1/2 cups flour
1 bag (9.90 oz.) Milk Chocolate Orange M&M’s
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and sugars. Stir in the eggs and mix well. Add in the salt, baking soda, and cocoa. Stir in the flour until well combined.
Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop, scoop out the dough and place it on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet, leaving 3 inches between each cookie. Press on 4 M&M’s (you might be able to get away with 5 each, though my bag would have been a couple M&M’s short) on top of each cookie. Bake in a preheated oven for 11 minutes, or until the tops are set. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, move the cookies onto cooling racks and let cool completely. Enjoy!
Made with love, not calories!