Chocolate Swirl M&M Cookies

with sea salt

I’m really nervous about today. I’m probably going to have a bit of a breakdown come 3 or 4 PM this afternoon. Why is that? Oh, no big deal, I’m just running a damned 5K after work with my office. Why do I hate myself? I am not a runner! I’ve been trying to “train” over the past month to get ready for it, but so far I’ve only worked up to about 2.5 miles and that last half mile is a total killer, in that it is slowly killing me each time I attempt it. Granted, up until a month ago I could hardly run a mile without wanting to keel over and die, so two and a half is quite the improvement, but a 5K is just over three miles, so who knows what is going to happen. The worst part is that I completely forgot to add new music to my four year old iPod mini (yes, I still have an iPod – my Android phone is too big to put in an armband for running) so I’m going to be powering through this thing blasting Blink 182’s Dude Ranch and a crappy rip of the Violent Femmes’ first album. I guess that’s not the worst music to listen to when you’re trying to convince yourself to keep running – I do know all the words. If any of you remember running your first 5K, please regale me with tales about how great you did and how I am going to do just fine, too. Otherwise I may go home sick later as my doubts become more prevalent. Stay tuned.

Chocolate Swirl M&M CookiesKramer and I headed home on another rainy day.
Other than my imminent demise via running, this week has been pleasantly uneventful. I went to the gym on Monday night, then rested up last night while making wings and doing a few random chores around the house. Kramer and I were also pleasantly surprised to find out that Falling Skies is back on the air. If you like sci-fi, especially if you liked Battlestar Galactica, do yourself a favor and start watching Falling Skies. It is produced by Stephen Spielberg, for crying out loud, and you can tell. The attention to detail and sweet, sweet shoot ’em up alien scenes are fantastic, plus my man Noah Wyle plays a great leader in the face of human destruction against extraterrestrial forces. It’s weird that it’s on TNT, yes, but just give it a chance – I promise you’ll love it. There’s not enough good sci-fi on TV. I tried watching Defiance but I couldn’t get into it. Should I get it another shot? Hannibal only has a few episodes left, so I need to get involved in a few other things so that my depression doesn’t sink too deep as I realize that I have to wait another year to see Mads Mikkelsen’s beautiful face again.

Chocolate Swirl M&M Cookies

Like the peanut butter sandies I showed you two weeks ago, I made these M&M cookies for Kramer’s birthday last month, but haven’t gotten around to posting them until now. I figured that these would be perfect for a birthday party, what with their bright colors and whatnot. I don’t think anybody can say no to an M&M or ten when they see a bowl of them out, so I figured these cookies would have the same effect. They did. They were gone by the end of the night, which I was happy to see. The chopped chocolate melts in your mouth with each bite, while the crunchy M&M shells add a nice textural element and the sea salt cuts through the milk chocolate’s sweetness. The outsides of the cookies are nice and crisp, while the insides remain chewy and soft. If you want, you can under-bake these a bit and they’ll be just like the Subway cookies that everyone loves so much, but I needed mine to be a bit sturdier for travel, so I let them go the usual length of time. However you decide to make them, the bright colors of M&Ms dotting these chocolate swirled cookies make them simply irresistible. Make some and see for yourself.

Chocolate Swirl M&M CookiesCocktail testing for a post I did on Business Insider, a nice day, meats, and a margarveza (beer + frozen margarita) in Park Slope.
Chocolate Swirl M&M Cookies
I’ll be real with you; it was hard not to just eat this cookie dough.

Chocolate Swirl M&M Cookies
But I did my best.

Chocolate Swirl M&M Cookies
I can’t just make a dozen cookies. Go big or go home.

Chocolate Swirl M&M Cookies
You can’t resist these colors.

Chocolate Swirl M&M Cookies
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Serves: 20-25 cookies
Crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside swirled chocolate chunk and M&M cookies with sea salt.
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 bag M&Ms
  • 1½ cups milk or semi-sweetchocolate, roughly chopped
  • fleur de sel (sea salt), for sprinkling
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. In the bowl of your mixer, beat together your melted butter and sugars. Add in the egg, mix until combined, then the egg yolk, and mix until combined. Add in the vanilla and mix.
  2. Whisk together your flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add it to the sugar mixture and mix until just combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the M&Ms and chopped chocolate.
  3. Line your baking sheets with parchment, and scoop out 2-tablespoon sized balls onto your sheets. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until just lightly golden and set. All to cool on the sheets for a few minutes before removing. These will keep well in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or frozen (then thawed out when you want to eat them) for up to 3 months.


15 Responses

  1. The pain with running the first 5k… Oh i can remember. It is all about mind over matter! You can do it Sydney! I went from a person who could not be bother to run after the bus to complete my first marathon this summer.
    Thank you posting a recipe for m&m cookies, it make me feel better that other still love these treats.

  2. Sarah says:

    M&M cookies are my absolute favorite kind of cookie, and no one ever makes them anymore. Thanks for this!

  3. Fatima says:

    I just ran my first 5k this past Saturday! Granted, it was the Run For Your Lives zombie infested 5k.. but it was still a lot of fun because we ran with a big group. Just remember to stretch after your run. I didn’t and am still regretting it. Good Luck!!

  4. Helen says:

    Forgive me…how big of a bag of M&Ms? Grocery store check-out line sized or bigger? Or better yet…how many cups? These are next in my baking line-up!

  5. Anna says:

    You’ll be fine! I could run three miles by the time I did my first 5K, but I think I ran faster than normal and had to walk a little towards the end. Try to find someone who is running at a good (i.e., slow) speed and use them as your pace car! Please invite me over for cocktail testing. :)

  6. Mia says:

    I ran a 12K once and I felt the same way. I tried to train but the most I could do was a little over 3 miles and I was pooped! I made it through the 12k on fierce determination. You can do it! Also, those cookies look mouth watering :)

  7. I’d wish you luck but the 5k already happened! Bet you did great :)

    The ratio of brown sugar to white sugar makes me happy- I love chewy. We don’t usually buy candy but I’m positive we could make an exception for these beauties!

  8. Jen says:

    Just looking at how colorful those cookies are makes me want to make them asap. I confess though, the only M&M cookies I’ve had in the past are those packaged Keebler ones. I need to correct this asap.

    And I bet you did great! I have a group of friends who finished a 5k last week and enjoyed it so much they’re looking for other ones. I might be brave enough to join them next time haha.

    I don’t know what I’m going to do after the Hannibal finale either! My tv life is going to be a lot less interesting without Mads’ intricate looking face and Hugh Dancy chasing after stags ever week.

    (PS: I’m jennyhorror on Instagram. Thanks for following me on there! I’ve been a fan of your blog since way back – when you were still in AZ. -and I must admit it feels cool to have your favorite food blog following you! :D)

    • Sydney says:

      Hey Jen – I love your Instagram! I’m happy to hear that I have another Mads fan in my midst. Thanks for following me for so long and I feel pretty cool to have someone like you on the CoW team 😉

  9. Lynna says:

    These look wonderful!! My friends recently did the color run here and they didn`t train for it at all. I`m pretty sure they walked most of it. LOL.

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