Chocolate Coconut M&M Cookies

October 2, 2009

Chocolate Coconut M&M CookiesI happened to find a bag of Coconut M&Ms at a random Kroger a couple of weeks ago, and decided to make cookies out of them.  I love M&M cookies!  I think it’s because our grandmother in west Texas would make a batch whenever we came for a visit, and I just have warm memories of her with M&M cookies.  We only had one grandmother, and she was a good one!  😀

For an excellent cookie recipe, I looked to Anna the Queen of All Cookie Madness, of course!  She didn’t let me down.  She recently did an M&M Cookie Roundup, and linked to a chocolate M&M cookie recipe from One Ordinary Day.  I made a few changes to that recipe, and came up with these beauties.

Chocolate Coconut M&M Cookies

Chocolate Coconut M&M Cookies

(Adapted from One Ordinary Day)

2 c flour
3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder (I used Penzeys Natural Cocoa)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c butter, softened
1/2 c shortening, at room temperature
2/3 c granulated sugar
2/3 c packed light brown sugar
1 tsp mexican vanilla extract (Penzeys Mexican Vanilla, of course!)
2 large eggs
1 bag Coconut M&Ms (1 cup for the batter plus the rest for the cookie tops)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.  Whisk to combine.

In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening with sugars and vanilla until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each one.  Beat flour mixture into butter/sugar mixture, in 2 or 3 additions.  Stir in M&Ms with a wooden spoon.  Drop by tablespoons (I used a tablespoon-size cookie scoop) onto ungreased cookie sheets.  Add a couple of M&Ms to each cookie.  Bake for 9 or 10 minutes.  Cool on cookie sheet for a minute or two, then remove to wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

Chocolate Coconut M&M Cookies

These were delicious, chocolatey, almost fudgy cookies.  The flavor of the mexican vanilla was awesome with the cocoa and the coconut.  The Coconut M&Ms worked beautifully!  Everyone gave them a big thumbs-up!  The cookies were best the first two days; after that they started to dry out a little bit.  Now there are only crumbs left and a couple of empty cookie containers…

One of the things I adore about M&M cookies is how the M&Ms that touched the cookie sheet have gotten all crispy-ish and kind of caramelized on the backs of the cookies.

Chocolate Coconut M&M Cookies

If you see Coconut M&Ms, grab a bag and turn them into these scrumptious cookies!

Chocolate Coconut M&M Cookies

PS:  We’re going pink for the whole month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness, so enjoy the pink type!

~BigSis

10 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Barbara

    October 2, 20094:42 am

    Your cookies look delicious! I never even knew M & M made a coconut version! I have GOT to start looking at the candy section (which I usually pass by with a hand covering my eyes) more often.

  2. Posted by BigSis

    October 2, 20095:57 pm

    Hi Barbara! Thanks for your comment! I happened to see these M&Ms on an endcap in the store as soon as I walked in the door, so they grabbed me without me even going down *that* aisle! If you see them, grab a bag!

  3. Posted by LilSis

    October 2, 20098:37 am

    After seeing these cookies and hearing about coconut M&M’s, I might have to break my no chocolate rule. I don’t sleep well at night anyway, even without any caffeine or chocolate! :-)

  4. Posted by BigSis

    October 2, 20095:55 pm

    I’m with you there, LilSis. I don’t do chocolate or any caffeine usually, and if I do, it’s absolutely not in the afternoon or evening!

  5. Posted by Anna

    October 2, 200910:08 am

    I still haven’t tried the coconut M&Ms nor the peanut butter and jelly ones. Have you seen those? I wish I could make these cookies today, but I’m sick :(.

  6. Posted by BigSis

    October 2, 20095:55 pm

    Hey, Anna, so sorry you’re under the weather! I hope you feel better soon!

    I have tried the PB&J M&Ms, and thought they were gross. In fact, my whole family agreed. The PB part was fine, but the strawberry tasted fake and ruined the whole thing! Stick with the coconut ones!

  7. Posted by Katrina

    October 2, 20096:28 pm

    Dang, I just bought a bunch of the coconut M&M’s, too, but have been out of town and was going to do a cookie (not that I still can’t and won’t!) But ya beat me to it. I think they are quite good, if you like Mounds and coconut candy! Great lookin’ cookies! Yep, the pb&j ones are not as good–at all. In fact I think I made cookies with some, and still have a lot of the bag left!
    .-= Katrina´s last blog post … Giveaway Winner! =-.

  8. Posted by BigSis

    October 2, 20096:45 pm

    Hi Katrina, great minds think alike! I love these M&Ms, and I’m even a candy eater. I’d rather have a bowl of chips with dip! 😀 I think you’ll be happy with these in cookies. I wonder if they would be equally good in non-chocolate cookies…I bet they would!

  9. Posted by grace

    October 3, 20096:21 am

    i so want to try those m&ms, but i can’t find them anywhere! truly, coconut and chocolate might very well be my favorite combination, so you can imagine my frustration. great use for them, by the way. you lucky dog. :)
    .-= grace´s last blog post … oreo shmoreo =-.

  10. Posted by BigSis

    October 3, 20097:44 am

    Hey Grace, that’s my favorite flavor combo too. If I find these again, I’ll get a bag for you!

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