DARK CHOCOLATE


Hello y'all, I'm going to from Bluebonnets and Brownies today to impart to you one of my most loved occasion treats – that pervasive M&M treat, with bubbly red, white, and green confections jabbing out of chewy treat batter. 

In the first place, let me apologize for the un-Jamie-like photographs. Ordinarily I make a superior showing with regards to, however you see, I served these treats at my "Treats and Cocktails" party a couple weekends back, and as I hurried to get ready for 10 or so New Jerseyan nourishment bloggers and their offspring to plunge on my home, I understood I additionally expected to fit in snapping a couple of shots of these treats. 

That Cookies and Cocktails gathering was really enlivened completely by Jamie. A month ago, Jamie posted about JoyfulFoodRecipe.BlogSpot.com/, and the posts she accomplished for that site filled me with a wide range of thoughts for facilitating my own treat swap.


I'm cheerful to report that our gathering was an animating achievement, as are these profound, dull chocolate treats with the most current occasion M&Ms on the piece, White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms. The treat mixture itself really verges on brownie batter, so they have a freshness to the outside that I think you'll appreciate. 

I didn't need the peppermint taste to end up overpowering, so I really blended in some white chocolate chips and normal occasion M&M confections as well – for the most part since I needed somewhat green in there, and the White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms are just red and white. 

Part of the gang that reached the gathering wound up leaving with a whole additional container of treats to impart to his more distant family, and later announced these treats his top choice – and he didn't know they were mine! Gotta adore when that happens. 

A debt of gratitude is in order for giving me a chance to hang around here today, Jamie. I trust y'all have a cheerful Christmas season and an awesome 2016!

yield: 3 DOZEN

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 12-14 MINUTES

total time: 1 HOUR

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder
1/4 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
6 oz milk or semisweet chocolate chips
8 oz (2 sticks, 1 cup) unsalted butter, divided
2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk chocolate M&M candies
1/2 cup white chocolate peppermint M&M candies
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, combine all purpose flour, cocoa powders, baking soda, and kosher salt. Use a whisk to stir, evenly distributing the dry ingredients and aerating the flour at the same time. Set aside.
3. In a large measuring cup, melt together 4 oz (1 stick or 1/2 cup) butter and chocolate in the microwave, heating 30 seconds at a time. After 30 seconds, stir the butter and chocolate together, then heat again. Stir after each increment until butter and chocolate combine easily. Do not overcook. Set aside to slightly cool.
4. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, mix the remaining 4 oz of butter together with granulated sugar, scraping the bowl often. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing on medium speed after each addition. Continue to scrape the sides of the bowl often.
5. Add vanilla to the mixture and mix on medium speed again until the wet ingredients are well combined. Leave the mixer on low speed and slowly add in the chocolate-butter mixture. Add it slowly so as not to accidentally 'cook' the eggs with the warm chocolate.
6. When chocolate has been completely incorporated, begin to add the dry ingredients in increments, mixing on low speed after each addition.
7. When a cohesive dark chocolate dough has formed, be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl to get any remaining flour and mix again, then remove from the stand mixer if using one.
8. Add both types of M&Ms and white chocolate chips to the dough, mixing them through by hand.
9. Use a medium sized cookie scoop to distribute 6-8 dough balls per baking sheet.
10. Bake each tray for 12-14 minutes. Remove from the oven. The cookies will be puffy. If you want the cookies to be flat like you see in the photo, immediate press each cookie with the flat back of a spatula, then allow to cool.
11. Cool the cookies on the baking tray for a moment, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes:

- Dough may be made ahead of time, portioned, and frozen until ready to bake.
- If a cookie doesn't look 'festive' enough, you can press more M&M candies directly into the top of the cookie as it comes out of the oven, but you must do it then or they won't stay attached.
- Stores in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
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