One of my favorite candies is M&M’s, so you can probably imagine how much I like to incorporate them into my baked goods! Over the past year I have experimented with M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and M&M’s Blondie Bars but I was in the mood to try something a little different and ended up with this Cake Mix Red Velvet M&M’s Cookies recipe with plain M&M’s. Everyone loves red velvet cake, right? If you love red velvet cake, you will positively go bonkers over these M&M’s cookies because they’re rich and decadent and the M&M’s add a chocolaty crunch that chocolate chips just can’t provide!
I recently made some cookies for a cookie exchange and felt a little guilty afterwards when I realized that I didn’t have enough leftover to take any to my mom. You see, my mom is my biggest supporter when it comes to my blog. She is always sharing my blog posts on Facebook with her friends, encouraging me when I am feeling a little stressed out, and she helps me SO MUCH with Angeline! Whenever I have to travel for blog trips, she always helps Chris by picking up Angeline after school so that he doesn’t have to leave early. Sometimes she takes me to the airport, she takes care of the dogs when my sister doesn’t housesit for us; really, I could write an entire ode to mom blog post because of all that she does for me!
Instead of that, I decided to make her a batch of her very own cookies. Angeline thought it was a good idea too, and you know she’s 16, and teenagers are always right. ALWAYS, just ask her.
I headed down to Walmart after printing off this M&M’s coupon and picked up my “supplies” for this special project – we have a brand new Walmart in our neighborhood so I’ve been going there for lots of our groceries lately!
You can check out BrightIdeas.com for lots of great baking and dessert ideas if you are feeling adventurous, but I already knew exactly what I wanted because I’ve had a hankering for red velvet cookies for a while now and I knew that my mom loves them!
Cake Mix Red Velvet M&M’s Cookies Recipe
1 box red velvet cake mix (make sure it’s a “premium” mix)
1/3 cup vegetable oil (I used melted butter instead because I don’t use vegetable oil. You can also substitute an equal amount of liquid coconut oil or unsweetened applesauce)
2 cups plain M&M’s
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix cake batter, eggs an oil (or whatever you used as a substitute) until you have a wet dough.
Do not expect this to look like a cake batter because you are not making a cake! Your dough will look like a cross between cookie dough and cake batter, and that is exactly what you want. Next stir in the plain M&M’s.
Scoop by heaping teaspoonfuls and roll into ball in the palm of your hand. Be warned, your hands will get messy. This cookie dough is not very neat! ha!
Drop about two inches apart on your parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes.
Leave your cookies on the cookie sheet for a minute so that they have a chance to harden up a bit, as they will be very soft and pliable when you remove the from the oven. Using a spatula, remove them to a cooling rack.
If you do not have cooling racks, don’t worry! I just bought my first this past year! Just slide the entire parchment paper off the cookie sheet directly onto the counter and the cookies can continue cooling there. Just add a new sheet of parchment paper to the cookie sheet and repeat!
Because these Cake Mix Red Velvet M&M’s Cookies have so many M&M’s in them, they take a while to completely cool down. Your daughter might try to steal a few when you have your back turned.
I warned you.
My mom loved these Cake Mix Red Velvet Cake M&M’s Cookies. I took them over to her in a little treat bag as a surprise and within the hour, she was sharing them on Facebook!
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