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Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies

Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies

Do you ever get a craving for something and then just need to take it absolutely OVERBOARD? That’s what I did with these cookies. I wanted chocolate cookies so, naturally, I decided to make chocolate cookies with chocolate pudding mix, dark cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and DARK chocolate M&Ms.

Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies

Have you had dark chocolate M&Ms before? They taste SO much more chocolatey than regular M&Ms, so I needed them in these cookies. I love the little bit of crunch the M&Ms give these cookies.  They, along with Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder, (which is heavily dutch-processed) are what give these cookies their extra-chocolatey  flavor.

These cookies start out with brown sugar and granulated sugar and butter (of course!)

Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies

I had to post this next picture because I want to talk about this little baby spatula.  I’m pretty sure it was free with a bridal shower gift somebody bought me from Williams and Sonoma.  This is hilarious because I use it almost every time I make cookies.  It’s so much easier to wield for quick bowl scrape downs than my big spatulas.

Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies

Before adding in the dry ingredients, you should sift or whisk them.  Honestly, I sometimes (or usually….) skip this step when making cookies because I am lazy and sometimes it doesn’t make a difference in the finished cookie.  These cookies benefit from this step because the cocoa powder is so fine that it tends to clump easily. 

Side note: when I am baking with cocoa powder, I almost always inhale some and cough. Ha! Does that happen to anyone else? Just me? Ok, then.

Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies

Once everything is all mixed together, you add in your chocolate chips and M&Ms, and then you eat some dough because it’s so tasty and you don’t care if you eat raw eggs (or, again, maybe that’s just me?)

Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies

Then you get your milk ready for when these cookies come out!

Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies

Dark Chocolate M&M Pudding Cookies
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Soft chocolate pudding cookies made with dark cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and dark chocolate M&Ms
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  2. 2/3 cup brown sugar (128 g)
  3. 1/3 cup granulated sugar (64 g)
  4. 1 (3.9 oz.) box chocolate instant pudding mix
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour (270 g)
  8. 1/4 cup Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder (20 g)
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp salt
  11. 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  12. 1/2 cup dark chocolate M&Ms, plus 1/4 cup more for pressing on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a regular bowl with a hand mixer), cream butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Add in the pudding mix, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and M&Ms.
  5. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of cookie dough onto baking sheet. Optional: lightly press additional M&Ms on top of cookie dough.
  6. Bake for 9-10 minutes.
  1. If you can’t find Hershey Special Dark cocoa powder, use another dutch process cocoa powder.
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  1. Annie @Maebells says:

    Holy cow! These look amazing! So much chocolate here! And I totally get into a coughing fit when I pour cocoa into a bowl too!

  2. Sindhu says:

    Oh, that looks amazing… I’ve never tried a dark chocolate m&m before – now, I must! (The baby spatula is too cute, by the way. 🙂 )

    • Haha! Thanks Sindhu! Yes, you must try the dark chocolate M&Ms! They actually taste like chocolate whereas regular M&Ms aren’t very chocolatey. yay, you noticed the baby spatula!!

  3. Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    I am definitely craving one of these delicious cookies right! Love anything chocolate related… and these cookies are made even better the addition of m & m’s. Need to make this recipe pronto!

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