Like many women, I’m a sucker for a good bargain, so the day after Christmas I set out with my mother and sister in pursuit of good deals. At 30-50% off I couldn’t resist nabbing ornaments, holiday packaging for homemade goodies (including some adorable treat bags and boxes) and wrapping paper.
I’m definitely guilty of buying things that would rarely otherwise fall into my cart when there is a sale involved. This time, that included a big bag of Cherry Cordial M&M’s
It was an odd purchase as I rarely buy candy, but it just so happens that chocolate and cherry are one of my favorite flavor combinations, so I couldn’t resist.
Rather than polish them off quickly in one sitting I decided to turn them into cookies, but not just any cookies…
…chocolatey, chewy, brownie-like cookies. Adapted from Gourmet, they are decedent, fudge-like, and pleasantly airy. The original recipe got mixed reviews so I adapted the method slightly (opting for a lower oven temperature and chilling the dough before baking) and tested and retested until I felt confident my new version would yield consistent results.
The results were well worth it and proof that in the kitchen extra effort is rewarded. I especially liked the bright cherry pop from my mixins of the M&Ms as well as maraschino cherries. Even if you feel like you’ve OD’ed on cookies this holiday season and cannot stomach the thought of one more, these are DEFINITELY worth bookmarking. The Cherry Cordial M&M’s are a special holiday item so you may not be able to find them in your area, but I imagine these cookies would be equally delicious with regular M&M’s, chocolate chips, or additional maraschino cherries in their place.
Adapted from Gourmet
Yields 36 cookies
-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
-3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
-1 cup granulated sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 teaspoon chocolate extract, optional
-1/4 cup drained and chopped maraschino cherries
-3/4 cup Cherry Cordial M&M’s
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy, then beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Add flour mixture and mix just until combined.
Fold in cherries and M&Ms. Refrigerate dough until firm, at least one hour.
Once dough has chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Drop cookies onto a parchment-lined baking sheet using spoons or a small cookie dough scoop (I used a #70-size scoop. Most will have the size stamped on the handle.). Take care to make your cookies as close to the same size as possible so they will cook easily.
Bake for 7-9 minutes until puffed and set. (Cookies may seem slightly fragile but will firm up when cooled. You’re looking for them to hold their structure, but the exterior shouldn’t be crispy.) Cool slightly and enjoy.
What about you. Are there any holiday foods you still find yourself craving or making?