Ok, so they may not be festive shapes, but these cookies were made for Halloween. I mean they literally have bits of candy inside them! Plus, something about the chocolate and caramel encased in a cookie makes it feel a little more special than just a candy bar. After tasting the new caramel m&m’s, Mike had the brilliant idea to put them in our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, so we tried it and it was a total hit! He brought a double-batch to work and they were gone in less than 15 minutes.
Below is the recipe for these, but I would highly suggest doubling it if you want to feed a large group because they are a crowd-pleaser!
Caramel M&M Cookies
2 c. flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¾ c. butter, melted
1 c. brown sugar
½ c. granulated sugar
1 Tbls. Vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
1 c. semisweet chocolate chunks or chips
1 c. caramel m&m’s
Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl.
In large bowl of stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream together melted butter and both sugars until well combined and lightened in color. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until creamy.
Add dry ingredients until incorporated, then mix in chocolate and candy.
Chill 30-60 min. Roll or scoop into balls about 1 ¼ – 1 ½ inch in size, then lightly press down the top to flatten slightly.
Bake at 325 degrees F until lightly golden around edges. About 15-18 minutes in my oven, but it varies.
These may be simple, but they are really satisfying, and an easy dessert to bring to work, school, or potlucks. The extra egg yolk adds tenderness to the cookies and imparts a richer flavor in the dough. It would also be a great snack for a Halloween party, or even just a scary movie marathon.