Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

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If you make these Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies for your Valentine, they’ll be sure to love you forever! Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | I’ve been in search for a really great peanut butter cookie for a few weeks.  I’ve tried several recipes but none were what I was looking for.  What I wanted in a peanut butter cookie was for it to be soft, full of peanut butter flavor and to melt in my mouth with each bite.  I have had many cookies that were good, but most were too hard, crumbly and just didn’t make the grade. Of course, it wouldn’t be a great peanut butter cookie if there wasn’t chocolate involved.  And, since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner what better addition to these cookies would there be but Valentine M&Ms?  Seriously, there isn’t anything better. Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | So here we have a super delicious soft batch peanut butter cookie filled with Valentine M&M’s that’s just about perfect.  My kids absolutely LOVE these cookies.  I’m pretty certain that Matty Pants has eaten 3 today.  And I’m also pretty certain that if I let him he’d eat 30 today! Matty Pants | Speaking of Matty Pants… he’s about to turn two years old.  What the heck?  Where has time gone?  I mean seriously, it just seems like a few months ago that he was born and now my little man is almost two?  Holy cow! I’ve been thinking about what theme to plan his 2nd birthday party in.  Dinosaurs or Toy Story.  Toy Story has a dinosaur in it… so if I did that, then I’d be killing two birds with one stone.  But, if I just did a dinosaur party, it’d be really easy to just pop some dinosaurs on top of cupcakes and call it good. What have been some of your favorite themes for your kid’s birthday parties? Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | Last year you might remember I made Sesame Street Cupcakes for Matty’s 1st birthday.  I put together this amazing tutorial for them because they just turned out so super cute. Anyhoo… back to these cookies.  I kinda went off on a Matty-tangent there. Soft-Batch Peanut Butter Valentine M&M Cookies | This year, I’ve decided that I wanted to keep my Valentine’s Day treats really simple.  I’ll be posting several recipes that are either no-bake, have very minimal prep, or that are just super simple.   I’ll also be posting a DIY project that can be giving as a sweet, yet delicious teacher-gift.  So make sure to stay tuned for all the Valentine awesomeness still to come! I really hope you enjoy these Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies as much as we do! Happy Baking! 

Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies
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Serves: 2-3 dozen cookies

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used JIF)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1¾ all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup Valentine M&M Candies + more for garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and peanut butter until smooth.
  3. Add the sugars and mix on high for 2 minutes. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  4. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix on high for 1 minute.
  5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the wet butter/sugar mixture and mix until combined. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again to ensure that everything has been incorporated.
  7. Fold in the ¾ cup M&M candies.
  8. Form 2-3 Tbsp of dough into a a ball and flatten slightly to form a disc. Place on the prepared cookie sheet.
  9. Using a fork, press a criss-cross pattern into the top of each cookie. Garnish with 2-3 additional M&M candies on top.
  10. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies feel slightly firm to the touch and the bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Recipe from Bake Space .

NOTE: Some people have noticed the dough was a bit dry why they made this recipe. If yours turns out dry, add a few tablespoons of water or milk to the batter to help moisten it. I have never had to do this, so I can’t guarantee the outcome – it’s only a suggestion. :) Happy baking!


22 Comments on Soft Batch Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

  1. Sarah Toasty
    January 16, 2014 at 12:52 pm (1 year ago)

    love soft baked cookies, especially when there is peanut butter involved! looks great!

    • Betsy Eves
      January 19, 2014 at 9:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Me tooo….. LOVE soft cookies!

  2. Amy @Very Culinary
    January 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm (1 year ago)

    So many awesome peanut butter recipes! No peanut products allowed in the house with both kids allergic. GAH. But I’ve been known to sub in other nut butters. These look so good. Because…duh.

    • Betsy Eves
      January 19, 2014 at 9:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh no! Better safe than sorry though. Keep those kiddos safe!! <3

  3. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)
    January 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm (1 year ago)

    awww he’s gotten so big!!!

    and omg these cookies-love how perfectly peanut buttery these are. I would use pb m&m’s….mmmm :)

  4. Marilyn
    January 16, 2014 at 4:41 pm (1 year ago)

    I will be making these cookies…what’s not to love about peanut butter and M&M’s

    • Betsy Eves
      January 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm (1 year ago)

      I seriously agree, Marilyn. You can’t go wrong with pb & MnMs!

  5. anna moeller
    January 18, 2014 at 1:06 am (1 year ago)

    Cant wait for my ink to dry, i’m making these NOW!

    • Betsy Eves
      January 19, 2014 at 9:32 pm (1 year ago)

      YUM! How were they? Delish?

  6. KJ
    January 18, 2014 at 11:55 pm (1 year ago)

    I will be trying this recipe soon! I just started following you as I am also living in Germany and my daughter is almost two!!!

    • Betsy Eves
      January 19, 2014 at 9:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Awesome! :) Let me know how you like it!

  7. Katherine
    January 24, 2014 at 7:25 am (1 year ago)

    I’ve been dying for a better peanut butter cookie recipe and can’t wait to make these for work next week! These definitely seem worth wrecking my diet for and substituting chopped Reese cups for the m&ms. (-: Irresistible!

    Thanks a million for all of your fabulous recipes.

    • Betsy Eves
      January 24, 2014 at 9:49 am (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome Katherine! I really hope you enjoy this recipe. My family and I absolutely LOVED it!

  8. Diane
    February 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Why do so many people comment before they actually try a recipe! The dough was super dry so I had to add about 4 tablespoons of cream to moisten them. Not a recipe I would do again.

    • Betsy Eves
      February 12, 2014 at 9:24 am (1 year ago)

      I’m sorry to hear that your batch didn’t turn out. This is one of my most favorite recipes!

    • Tarrah
      May 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm (10 months ago)

      I too had a super dry dough. I added about 2 Tbsp of water and that fixed them right up. Maybe its an altitude thing. I am in Colorado after all. ;-)

      • Betsy Eves
        May 18, 2014 at 1:20 am (10 months ago)

        Glad to hear they worked for you Tarrah! :) And you’re right… whether or not adding water is probably dependent on the altitude and/or weather of where you live! :) Happy Baking!

  9. Jane
    June 28, 2014 at 9:05 pm (8 months ago)

    I wish I had read through the reviews. This was a disaster! The dough was super dry and they didn’t bake well at all. I wish I had read about adding water because after baking up two pans worth I gave up and threw the dough and cookies out. Such a waste!!! Even knowing about adding water I don’t think I will ever make this recipe again.

    • Betsy Eves
      June 28, 2014 at 11:49 pm (8 months ago)

      Bummer about how the cookies turned out! Do you live in a high altitude location? Sometimes where you live and how much moisture is in your air effects the dough! Next time, add a little water or milk to the dough to moisten it. Happy baking! :)


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