Soft and chewy Double Chocolate Chunk M&M Cookies are a fun, chocolatey treat that's loaded with M&M's and chunks of dark chocolate! They're a simple, no fuss, no dough chilling recipe that's perfect to make for any springtime holiday or whenever!
This Double Chocolate Chunk M&M Cookies were created thanks in part to a Beyond the Butter reader that recently asked if they could use chocolate pudding mix in place of vanilla for my Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. That question got the wheels turning in my brain to create this springtime treat!
these double chocolate m&m cookies are a must-make because...
- they're a simple, no fuss recipe
- you don't need to chill the cookie dough
- they're super soft and loaded with lots of chocolate
- they won't spread
- a great treat to share with friends, family, and neighbors
how to make double chocolate chunk m&m cookies
Here's a quick walk-through of how to make these fabulous chocolate chunk M&M cookies! For this recipe you'll need either a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment.
whisk the dry ingredients together
You'll need all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and 1 packet of instant flavored chocolate pudding. I have a homemade chocolate pudding substitute below if you can't find it where you live.
break up the bar of dark chocolate
You'll need 4 ounces of a good bar of dark chocolate, a well-sharpened knife and a cutting board for this step. Or you can simply use your hands. You will fold this into the cookie dough at the very end along with the M&Ms.
beat the wet ingredients together
add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients
When the dry ingredients have been full incorporated into the wet ingredients, your cookie dough will be thick, but soft. And you'll still be able to add in the remaining ingredients—the chocolate chunks and M&Ms.
fold in the dark chocolate chunks and m&ms
Use a spatula or a spoon to add in the chunks of dark chocolate and 1 cup of M&Ms. This will prevent the cookie dough from being over mixed.
scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheets
I used my 1 1/2 tablespoon or medium size cookie scoop for this recipe. When baked, the cookies came out to be a little over 2 inches in diameter. Space each scoop of cookie dough about 1 1/2 inches apart on the parchment lined baking sheets.
bake the cookies
Bake the m&m cookies for 8-10 at 375ºF. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Be careful transferring them to a wire cooling rack because they'll be very soft!
Enjoy these double chocolate m&m cookies still warm with a glass of milk!
For storing, keep them at room temperature in a tightly sealed container with a slice of bread for up to a week. They'll be long gone before then though!
can I use butter in place of vegetable shortening?
Yes, absolutely, but your cookies will more than likely spread. If using this substitute, I recommend chilling your dough for a minimum of 1 hour before baking.
what can I use if I don't have instant chocolate pudding mix?
If instant chocolate pudding mix is difficult to find in your area, you can use the following substitute.
- 3/4 cup Non-fat Dry Milk
- 1 cup Granulated Sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Powder
- 3/4 cup Corn Starch
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
chocolate pudding substitute instructions
- Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and store in an airtight container.
- Use 111 grams or 1 1/8 cup of this homemade instant pudding mix for this Double Chocolate Chunk M&M Cookies recipe.
If you still run into trouble with finding any of the above ingredients to make the instant chocolate pudding mix, you can omit it entirely from the recipe. The purpose of the instant pudding mix in this recipe is to boost the moisture and the flavor.
For a homemade vanilla instant pudding mix, check out my Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.
quick tips and suggestions
- The recommended baking times for this recipe is 8-10 at 375ºF. Mine baked for the full 10 minutes.
- You can substitute the vegetable shortening with butter, but the flavor and texture of the cookies will change. Cookies using butter should be chilled for a minimum of 1 hour before baking.
- The key ingredient in this Double Chocolate Chunk M&M Cookie recipe is the instant chocolate pudding mix. It's used to boost the moisture and flavor of the cookies. You can use the substitute provided above or you can omit it entirely from the recipe.
- You can omit the bar of dark chocolate and just use the M&Ms.
- Cookies should cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before you transfer them to a wire cooling rack.
- The cookies will be really soft—use a spatula to transfer them to the cooling rack.
- Double Chocolate Chunk M&M Cookies can be stored in an airtight container with a slice of bread. The cookies will take in all the moisture from the bread, leaving them softer for a longer period of time.
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Soft and chewy Double Chocolate Chunk M&M Cookies are a chocolatey treat that's loaded with M&M's and chunks of dark chocolate! They're a simple, no fuss, no dough chilling recipe that's perfect to make for any springtime holiday or whenever!
- 2 cups (264 grams) All-Purpose Flour
- 1/4 cup (24 grams) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1 teaspoon (7 grams) Baking Soda
- 1, 3.9 ounce (111 grams) Instant Flavored Chocolate Pudding
- 1 cup (163 grams) Vegetable Shortening
- 1/4 cup (58 grams) Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup (152 grams) Light Brown Sugar, lightly packed
- 2 Large Eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 4 ounces of Dark Chocolate Bar, chopped into small chunks
- 1 cup (284 grams) M&Ms (use any color combination or go with holiday themed colors)
- Preheat oven to 375ºF and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
- Break up the bar of chocolate into small chunks using a well-sharpened knife and cutting board, or your hands. Set to the side.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, baking soda, and instant chocolate pudding. Set to the side.
- Using your hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the vegetable shortening, granulated sugar, and light brown sugar together on medium-high speed until well blended.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla extract, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add in your whisked dry mixture until well blended.
- Using a spatula, fold in the chunks of dark chocolate and M&Ms.
- With a spoon or cookie scoop (I used my 1 1/2 tablespoon or medium size scoop), drop the cookie dough onto the parchment lined baking sheets and space them 1 1/2 inches apart.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375ºF.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack.
- Keep the cookies stored in an airtight container with a slice of bread for up to a week.
Recipe adapted from my Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.
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