Maple Pumpkin M&M Cookies

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Christiana George
Christiana George
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.

OK people, I am back.  The last two months have been a whirlwind of activity. First came the packing, next was driving fifteen hours to our new location, then living in a hotel for two weeks while the new house was completed, and finally moving in and unpacking everything.  Now, my family and I have settled in, the kids are happy and have adjusted well to their new lives. 

My daughter is doing well in school and has already made new friends.  My son is talking more.  Hopefully, that means we will be able to potty train soon.  I really want to get him into preschool, but he is really stubborn and only does things when he is good and ready.  As for me, I am enjoying my new kitchen.  I made these cookies in my new double oven.

This year I was lucky enough to find Pumpkin Spice M&Ms at Target.  If you can’t find them at the store, you can find them online here.  I love pumpkin spice and chocolate together, so these were perfect for me.

I also love the combination of pumpkin spice and maple syrup.  I made sure I packed a few cans of my dad’s maple syrup.  I’ll stock up again when I go home for the holidays.  I don’t know what I would do if I run out of maple syrup.

This recipe is based off the Pumpkin Dulce de Leche Chocolate Chip Cookies that I made at the beginning of the year.  I like how soft and puffy those cookies were.  I just swapped out the dulce de leche for maple syrup, changed the cinnamon for pumpkin spice, and added some Pumpkin Spice M&Ms.

One thing I did learn making these cookies is that these M&Ms are very sensitive to moisture.  In first batch, I mixed them into the batter and all the color washed off into my cookie batter.  That made for some pretty ugly cookies.  So the second batch I placed the candies gently on the cookies before baking them.  The color only spread a little bit. This made for much prettier cookies.

These cookies had just the right amount of pumpkin spice and maple sweetness, and plenty of chocolate in every bite.  The Pumpkin Spice M&Ms just enhanced all the flavors.

Maple Pumpkin M&M Cookies

by The Sweet Chick

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Keywords: bake dessert snack maple syrup pumpkin pumpkin spice pumpkin spice m&m Halloween Thanksgiving cookie American fall

Ingredients (36 cookies)

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon maple essence/extract
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag (9.9oz) Pumpkin Spice M&Ms


Preheat oven to 350º F.

In a stand mixer add butter, sugar, egg, maple essence/extract and maple syrup. Beat on low until well mixed and texture is smooth.

In a separate bowl combine flour, pumpkin spice, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Stir until all is well blended.

Then slowly add dry mixture to the wet mixture and beat on low until it becomes a dough like consistency.

Then add the pumpkin puree and give it a good mixing.

Finally, add the chocolate chips and mix until they are evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Using cookie scoop, drop by scoopful onto a greased cookie sheet leaving two inches between each dough ball.

Place three M&Ms onto each dough ball and gently press down.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the tops are slightly golden. Remove from the oven and wait 5 minutes, then remove from cookie sheet and place on cooling rack until completely cooled.

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