Cherry Cordial M&M Cookies

by Kelly on January 5, 2011

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…

CherrycordialM&Mcookies…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.

CherrycordialM&Mcookies-3The 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.


Cherry Cordial M&M Cookies
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?

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Blog is the New Black January 5, 2011 at 6:22 am

OMG! I’ve never even seen these M&Ms?! Must find, must bake!


Jessica @ How Sweet January 5, 2011 at 6:32 am

I love these m&ms!!


Bethany January 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

“Decedent, fudge-like, and pleasantly airy” — Yes. Please.

I have to admit that I’m not a huge cherry and chocolate fan (don’t judge!), but I see these cookies as very ripe for adaptation. With such a rich, chocolately starting point… think of the possibilities! 🙂


brandi January 5, 2011 at 10:28 am

I have NEVER seen these m&ms! But now I need to find them.


celine January 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

hello there, hot cookie stuff!
I must admit I rarely make holiday-related foods anymore, so no. not really craving anything Christmassy. as long as it’s good food, I’ll have at it something fierce.


Sues January 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Yum! I didn’t even know chocolate cherry cordial m&ms existed! Now I’m going to need to search for them. I recently got hooked on the pretzel m&ms and love their salty/sweet flavor. These cookies sound awesome!


5 Star Foodie January 6, 2011 at 9:06 am

Cherry and chocolate are my favorite combo too and I know I would absolutely love these scrumptious cookies, yum!


Mary January 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

I’ve never seen these M&M’s. Your recipe sounds wonderful, however. I can “taste” the cherry chocolate pairing and I’ll wager it’s deliciousl. A bit like a Black Forest Cake. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary


Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food. January 6, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Oh, yeah, shopping, it’s always fun… On the rare occasions that my husband goes shopping by himself, he does get excited about it too 🙂


CaSaundra January 6, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Oooh what a great flavor combo idea for cookies! I don’t think I’ve ever come across those M&M’s before. I’m sure I’d toss em’ in the cart too if I did though!

I may be coming to Chicago around Mother’s Day this year on another road I will keep you posted..and HOPEFULLY we could work it out to meet for lunch! 🙂


Shannon January 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm

i can’t recall these m&ms, but what a perfect way to use them!!


Hannah January 8, 2011 at 12:17 am

Now these cookies sound like quite the treat! I usually only like cherries when they’re fresh, plain, but add chocolate to the mix and I’m sure it can’t be too bad. 😉

I’m totally guilty of going after the post-Christmas sales too, at least when it comes to food. I’m still craving eggless nog, and am thrilled every time I find one more carton of it on store shelves, at a serious discount too.


Reeni January 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I haven’t seen or heard of these m&m’s! How utterly delicious! The cookies look fudgy, soft and irresistible!


Kerstin January 10, 2011 at 12:00 am

I love shopping for bargains after the holidays too! I haven’t seen these M&Ms before, but you certainly put them to good use – your cookies look super tasty and addicting!


DaveG November 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm

The Cherry Cordial M&M’s are back in the store again for Christmas! My wife found them in Walmart here in Iowa. I have not seen them anywhere else yet.


Kelly November 21, 2011 at 10:34 am

I’m jealous! I checked my local Target and they didn’t have them, nor were they listed on the M&M website. 🙁 I’m a huge fan myself so I may need to check out a Wal-Mart on my way home for Thanksgiving.


Kelly November 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thanks again for the tip. I just found them at my local Walgreens in the seasonal aisle. So for anyone else who is looking it sounds like Walmart or Walgreens is the way to go as I checked Target and didn’t see them.


DaveG November 23, 2011 at 4:03 pm

The Walmart where we bought them are already sold out! 🙁 I’ll have to check our Walgreens.


DaveG December 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

One Target store close to us had the Cherry M&M’s but another store farther away did not have them.


DaveG April 4, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I just bought some Raspberry Dark Chocolate M&M’s at Kmart here in Iowa. I didn’t know they had the raspberry flavor! They come in an 8 oz resealable bag. Might be good candidates for adding to cookies like the cherry M&M’s.


Kelly April 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Thanks for the heads up! I didn’t know they had a raspberry flavor either but now I’m intrigued. I agree I think they’d be perfect in cookies if they are anywhere near as good as the cherry ones.


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