Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Yesterday was my dear friend Annie‘s birthday! She is the queen of homemade cards and mails me something for every single holiday and special occasion. I wanted to return the favor for once and send her a special package. I had a small present for her, but a package from me isn’t complete without something from my kitchen. I’ve been exploring what baked goods travel well, since my usual go-to (cupcakes) doesn’t really work.

A couple of months ago I made self-frosting Nutella cupcakes for another friend’s birthday package, but since Annie is obsessed with Christmas, a Christmas-y cookie seems like a better thing to make. I used Christmas colored M&Ms to make these cookies, but not just plain M&Ms – peanut butter filled M&Ms! They have so many flavors of M&Ms now (cinnamon, mint, pretzel, almond, etc.) and I thought that since plain M&Ms work in a cookie, so would a filled kind. Plus, Annie loves peanut butter, so I figured she’d enjoy a peanut butter surprise in each bite.

Have you ever mailed a baked good? What did you send and did it arrive in one piece?


Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen cookies

  • 3⁄4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 3⁄4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 3⁄4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter M&Ms
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat butter, egg and vanilla extract together in large bowl.
  3. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and both sugars in a medium bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until combined. Fold in the M&Ms by hand.
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto baking sheets. Bake for 10-13 minutes or until edges turn golden brown.

4 Comments on Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

  1. Anne
    December 10, 2011 at 4:01 am (11 years ago)

    Oh, very colourful 🙂 I want some!

  2. Emily @ Life on Food
    December 11, 2011 at 1:18 pm (11 years ago)

    I made some M&M cookies this weekend with red and green. So festive! I imagine peanut butter made them extra special.

  3. Lacy
    December 12, 2011 at 10:33 am (11 years ago)

    Yes please!! I could totally eat a whole batch of these on my own. Dangerously delicious! YUM!!

  4. Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious
    December 12, 2011 at 1:13 pm (11 years ago)

    These cookies look so great. They’re simple to make, have the wonderful Christmas colors of red and green, and I’m sure they’re just filled with peanut butter goodness!


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