Dark Chocolate Cherry M&M; Cookies

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Christiana George
Christiana Georgehttps://www.thetarttart.com/
Welcome to The Tart Tart, my not-so-tart take on food, writing, and photography. I decided to start up this sucker after repeated nagging from Chris, my fiance, who cannot understand why the sight of a farmer’s market would send me into ecstatic convulsions (okay, total overstatement. I can be quite the histrionic at times).With that said, my interests, though chiefly in food, also span fashion, design, literature, and photography. So don’t mind the seemingly non sequitur odds and ends I toss in posts at times.

We had an open house over the weekend to bring some more interested buyers into our home and hopefully spark a sale.  Prepping the house each time a potential buyer wants to come see it has become a nuisance, but we are keeping out fingers crossed that we will find someone to buy our home.  So I didn’t have much time for baking, but I was in the mood for something chocolaty and  I found a bag of Cherry M&M’s at Target the other day that I have been dying to try.  Chocolate and cherry cookies seemed like a great idea.

I do like cherry flavored food, and dark cherries, but I do not like maraschino cherries.  And what I detest the most is a finding one inside a perfectly good piece of chocolate. Yuck! 

I did try the M&M’s before baking and they were quite good.  I thought they would pair well with a deep dark chocolate cookie, so I substituted Hershey’s Dark Cocoa for regular cocoa in the original recipe.

I am quite happy with my decision.  These cookies are so rich and flavorful.  I couldn’t stop eating them.  These are intense cookies.  Eat at your own risk (of not being able to stop).  If you feel like sharing, these would be a great Valentine’s gift.

Dark Chocolate Cherry M&M Cookies

by The Sweet Chick

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert snack dark chocolate cherry cookie American 

Ingredients (24 cookies)

  • 1/2 + 2/3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s Dark Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup Cherry M&M candies


Preheat oven to 325º F.

Place 2/3 cups chocolate chips in a glass container and microwave at 30 second intervals until fully melted, stirring in between. Set aside.

In a stand mixer combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Mix on low until well blended.

Add butter and sugars and mix for 1 minute.

Pour in the melted chocolate, then add egg and vanilla and mix well.

Add the remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips and mix on low until fully incorporated.

Then add the M&M’s and mix by hand as not to break the candies.

Place by cookie scoop full on greased baking sheets about 2 inches apart.

Bake at 325º F for 10-12 minutes or until the tops have cracked and a tooth pick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs.

Place cookies on cooling rack and let cool completely.

Then enjoy with a nice tall glass of milk!

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