M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies & Enter to win $250! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies & Enter to win $250!


Two weeks ago, I had a cookie exchange and needed to come up with two separate cookie recipes.  I already had the jam-filled thumbprint cookie in mind, which I shared a couple weeks ago.  To contrast, I decided that a rich, fudgy chocolate crackle cookie would be completely different and delicious!  I looove baking with chocolate because the entire kitchen smells delicious.  To up the "chocolate factor" even more, I added crushed M&M's to the mix.  Yum!  It is such a crowd pleaser and even though I made it for the holidays, this will be my go-to chocolate cookie year round!

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

Not only do I have this amazing recipe to share today, you have the chance to win $250 in the "Baking Is Better With M" Pinterest Sweepstakes!  It is super simple to enter, so stay tuned for your chance to win after the recipe.  Sweet!

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

Back to the recipe, I used Plain M&M's to zhuzh up the humble the crackle cookie, which I already love.  Still, it is usually a bit boring looking on a plate, and sometimes I want a bit more texture to the crackle top.  The Plain M&M's are a perfect addition because it adds a dash of color, a bit of crunch, and a tinge more sweetness.  Score!

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies
A Vintage Zest original  (loosely inspired by Food Network Kitchens)

  • 1 cup Plain M&M's
  • 4 oz. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped 
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter 
  • 2 Tbsp. canola or other neutral tasting oil 
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup white sugar 
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 tsp. fine salt 
  • 2 large eggs, cold 
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder 
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

Note: I used the Plain M&M's, which I figured would be the easiest.  Still, when I hit the Walmart Chocolate Candy aisle, I thought that it would be fun to try out the different M&M's varieties.  I am definitely experimenting next time!

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking


1.  Melt the chocolate and butter together in a microwave-safe bowl or double boiler.

2.  Transfer to the bowl of a stand mixer and add the oil.

3.  Mix in the brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, and salt.

4.  Beat in the eggs until fully incorporated.

5.  Add the cocoa, flour, and baking soda until just incorporated.

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

6.  Place the M&M's in a plastic bag and crush.  I used the pestle from my mortar and pestle set, which was really effective!

7.  Mix into the batter.

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

8.  Refrigerate the dough until firm, up to one hour depending on the initial temperature of your ingredients.  I typically only need to wait 20 minutes.

9.  Scoop out each cookie and roll in the powdered sugar.

10.  Shake off the excess and place on a cookie sheet.  The cookies will spread slightly, so leave some room.

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

11.  Bake at 400F for 8 – 10 minutes.

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

And that's it!  I love how festive these cookies are and how seriously delicious these smell when they are baking.  Are you ready to find out how to win $250 to make your holiday a little bit sweeter?

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking

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Details: Three (3) Winners will be selected at random - One (1) entry per person.  Contest runs 12/06/13 - 12/31/13.

Good luck!

I hope that you enjoy these cookies and enter to win the contest between mouthfuls of M&M's and chocolate.  :)

Bon appetit & good luck!

M&M's Chocolate Crackle Cookies on Diane's Vintage Zest! #recipe #holiday #baking


  1. I actually think they taste better than they look! I may have had a couple for breakfast the morning after... :)

  2. Yum!! I am the biggest fan of crinkle cookies and I am in love that you added M&M's!

  3. Hi Diane,

    Your Chocolate Cracle Cookies look delicious, a great cookie for the holiday. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and enjoy your weekend!
    Miz Helen

  4. Both them jam thumbprints and these sound delicious! Baking with chocolate...and eating chocolate is the best! I would be delighted if you would link this recipe up (and the thumbprint jam ones) with my Recipe Writers: Christmas Cookie link up!


    Amanda Rose

  5. Wow Diane!
    These look great! I can't wait to try the recipe and share them with my family!

  6. What a neat twist to a classic cookie!

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

  7. I've made crinkle cookies before but never with m & ms. I love the way the color peeks out of the cookie. Thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  8. Hi! Your post was chosen as the winner of our Get Inspired Pin Party hosted at mommymentionables.com. :) As the winner you have the opportunity to cohost this weeks hop starting Thursday. If interested, please email me by tomorrow at mommymentionables at gmail.com. Congrats again!!

  9. Hi Diane,

    These cookies look delicious. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party. We love having your join the fun.

    Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above


  10. Thanks! I always thought they were such a magical cookie ever since I was a kid. :)

  11. Thanks! I hope everyone enjoys them. :)

  12. Thanks! I am just now checking through all of the comments for the past two weeks (vacation was bad for blogging and good for my sanity). Next time, I hope to respond quicker!

  13. These look so yummy! Thanks for sharing with us at Christmas on The HomeAcre!

    Please join us again Thursday for The HomeAcre Hop:



  14. Thanks for hosting and visiting! :)


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