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Brown Butter White Chocolate M&M Cookies

Brown Butter White Chocolate M&M Cookies Recipe l

Somehow when I have walked into the stores and seen Easter decorations and candy all over the place, it hasn’t registered with me that Easter is at the end of this month.

So, when my mom e-mailed a couple of days ago asking what our plans for Easter were, I thought, oh, we have a while before we need to nail down any plans.

Then I looked at the calendar. . .it’s only three weeks away!

Brown Butter White Chocolate M&M Cookies Recipe l

I blame it on the  fact that when I look outside I see huge snowflakes falling, trees covered with snow, and way more white than green. (Though it may be getting up to freezing today!)

So, in order to get more spring in our house, I thought it was about time that I actually stopped and looked at the Easter candy to see what was new and what I could make with it.

Since my husband likes white chocolate, I was immediately drawn to the new white chocolate M&M’s at Target and knew that I wanted to make cookies with them.

What better cookies to bake them in than brown butter cookies, brown butter white chocolate M&M cookies!

Brown Butter White Chocolate M&M Cookies Recipe l

The nutty richness of the brown butter is the perfect base for the sweet, creamy white chocolate M&M’s. Plus, brown butter in cookies is a good thing no matter what kind of candy is added!

So, now when I want to feel warm and pretend that it’s Spring, I can grab one of these cookies with their festive pastel colors!

(Okay, so maybe that was just an excuse to make a good M&M cookie. . .)

Brown Butter White Chocolate M&M Cookies Recipe l

Brown Butter White Chocolate M&M Cookies

Yield: 18 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 8 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup white chocolate M&M's


  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until butter turns light brown. Remove from heat immediately. Pour butter into a heat-safe container and allow to cool. (If you want to speed up the cooling process, stick the bowl in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.)
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together cooled butter, brown sugar, and sugar. Add in egg and vanilla extract and beat until well-combined.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until just combined. Stir in M&M's.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. While dough is chilling, preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with a baking mat or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Scoop dough out onto cookie sheet by heaping tablespoonful. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until cookies just start to turn light golden brown.
  7. Remove cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 18 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

Nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and may not always be accurate. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.

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This recipe is adapted from Keep It Sweet Desserts.

Laura (tutti dolci)

Friday 22nd of March 2013

The pastel M7M's are so pretty in these cookies!


Tuesday 19th of March 2013

I saw all the Easter stuff in Target this past week when I was in the US too. It seems to be coming way too fast for me. I love M&M's and adding them to cookies is a perfect way to use them!


Saturday 16th of March 2013

Oh my! anything with M & M's has to be delicious! I'd love to have you come and share them at Super Saturday Show & Tell today :) xoxo~ Ruthie

Carla @ Carlas Confections

Thursday 14th of March 2013

I had no idea they had white chocolate M&Ms now! Yum!!! I cant wait to try them... in these cookies! LOVE the browned butter too. So perfect. I do hope that snow goes away soon for you!

Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

Thursday 14th of March 2013

Oh my gosh, I couldn't believe Easter was so close, either! I was thinking I had so much time to prep for the meal and bake a bunch of cute, pastel-y stuff, but nooope--it's sneaking up on us way quick! Soon it'll be Christmas again, haha. Anyway, loving these cookies, girlie. Brown butter instantly makes any cookie ten times better. And the addition with the white chocolate is simply irresistible!

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