Brown sugar M&M cookies / biscuits

19 Jun


If in doubt, bake. That’s pretty much my mantra and it applies to all sorts of moods: feeling down? Bake. Stressed? Make some cupcakes. Happy? Turn on the oven and crack out the KitchenAid, coz we’re going to get our bake on.

I can’t remember what mood I was in when I baked these more-ish brown sugar and M&M cookies but I do recall the delicious scent that wafted through the kitchen as they were cooking. And I remember feeling so tempted that I immediately ate one as soon as they were out of the oven [note: hot bickies are hot].

Brown sugar, for those new to the whole caper, add a depthness of flavour that caster [white] sugar can’t. It also sounds much posher, dontcha think?

This is a mash-up of a couple of recipes from the Australian Women’s Weekly weighty tome Bake. Buy it – you’ll love it.



200g butter, diced and at room temperature

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 ¾ cup plain flour

½ teaspoon bicarb soda

3/4 cup M&Ms


Let’s get to it:

Preheat oven to 170C and grease and line two baking trays with baking paper.

Beat butter, vanilla, sugar and egg in bowl of electric mixer until light and creamy.

Sift in flour and bicarb, stir until mixed then stir in M&Ms.

Roll tablespoons of dough into balls and place on trays about 3cm apart.

Bake 14-ish minutes/until golden, cool on trays.


This is Popcorn, my mini schnauzer, hoping she could sample one. #no


40 Responses to “Brown sugar M&M cookies / biscuits”

  1. Liz June 19, 2013 at 3:31 am #

    making. these. !!!!

  2. gottagetbaked June 19, 2013 at 4:11 am #

    I totally agree – whenever I’m stressed/depressed/unhappy/happy etc, I bake. I feel most at home in my kitchen, making something delicious to eat. These cookies look fabulous – especially with the cheerful M&Ms!

    • thehungrymum June 19, 2013 at 5:26 am #

      Glad I’m not alone. Baking is so much cheaper than therapy, and twice as yummy 🙂

      • gottagetbaked June 19, 2013 at 5:30 am #

        Lol – I love the way you think.

  3. Sammie June 19, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Yep! Baking is the best therapy you got out there! These cookies would take anyone out of depression! lol!

  4. Profiteroles & Ponytails June 19, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    These are guaranteed to make you mom of the year — and put a smile on your face. M girls would love these cookies. I am bookmarking them!

  5. livliveslife June 19, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    I am definitely the same way. No matter what or how I’m feeling, I always head to the kitchen! Cooking and baking is such a stress reliever for me. These cookies look fantastic!

  6. Choc Chip Uru June 20, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    I think I licked my screen 😛


  7. Alex June 20, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Love. These! 😀

  8. My Kitchen Stories June 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    I can imagine how my son would go mental for these. I agree that baking is the way to satisfy any mood

    • thehungrymum June 22, 2013 at 2:51 am #

      Yes, baking is the answer to all of society’s ills! Make cake not war 🙂

  9. knitnrun4sanity June 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    I love the style of your post. Really happy and cheerful. I make something similar to these and they never stay around for very long! (We have no dogs either!)

    • thehungrymum June 22, 2013 at 1:32 am #

      Oh, thanks! Short’n’sweet – that’s how I blog 🙂

  10. Joy @ Baking-Joy June 22, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    These look great 🙂 I love using brown sugar in cookies, it does give a much better flavour!

  11. tastytreats13 June 23, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    I love these kind of cookies! They look great!

  12. Karen June 24, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Your cookies will certainly put a smile on anyone’s face.

  13. cookazido June 26, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    I love M & M cookies, and your pictures are beautiful! I agree about the amount of brown sugar giving it a whole different taste than chocolate chip cookies.

    • thehungrymum June 27, 2013 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks! Has taken me a while to appreciate the loveliness of brown sugar but now I’m all over it 🙂

  14. chocolatepeanutbutterohmy June 27, 2013 at 4:44 am #

    Oooh la la, yum 🙂 POpcorn is adorable 🙂

    • thehungrymum June 27, 2013 at 10:34 am #

      ta! Popcorn is fairly cute, as is her sister Oggie [who I should feature soon so she doesn’t feel left out 😉 ]

  15. Sophie33 June 29, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    I made your tasty cookies & they Ere superb! Added a bit of cinnamon to them!

    • thehungrymum June 30, 2013 at 2:51 am #

      wow, good to hear Sophie! Cinnamon would be an amazing addition 🙂

  16. Cass @foodmyfriend July 4, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Okay first – Popcorn is the best name ever. I love the look of these cookies. It’s like the lollypop cookies I made for my Dad. Yum!

  17. Jen Minkowitz July 7, 2013 at 2:16 am #

    i want these right now, not even joking

  18. Tea with Erika July 9, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    Looks so good! Cute schnauzer!

    • thehungrymum August 8, 2013 at 3:07 am #

      Ta! She’s pretty cute [most of the time!]

  19. Prateeksha July 25, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    Very nice recipe….

  20. Sara (Belly Rumbles) (@bellyrumbles) July 25, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    How gorgeous is popcorn! No sharing those delicious cookies with her, big meanie :p

    • thehungrymum July 29, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      She has her moments 🙂 She is more of a savoury-toothed hound!

  21. Jhuls August 18, 2013 at 5:15 am #

    Cooking and baking is my therapy, too. Even when I feel stressed and so tired to do something, I cook and bake! And when I’m done, I feel okay, too! 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 18, 2013 at 8:01 am #

      Isn’t baking the best thing ever? #LoveIt

      • Jhuls August 18, 2013 at 8:06 am #

        Yes!! I think I could cook and bake all day!!! 🙂

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