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Chewy Coconut M&M Sugar Cookies

by Christa on January 21, 2012

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To me, nothing is better than finding candy marked down to an outrageously low price. I’d take that over a buy-one-get-one-free shoe sale any day. But I guess that’s just one of the many curses of having an abnormally large sweet tooth.

After holidays my husband and I scurry like mad men to the nearest Target, Walmart and Rite Aid in hopes of finding candy marked 30-50% off. One Halloween, while living in Newport, we found candy for 80% off. (Apparently the housewives in Newport don’t feel the same way I do about candy- and I’m totally cool with that).
You would be appalled at the obscene amount of candy we got that day. Luckily, we aren’t over-eaters and that candy lasted for months and inspired many recipes.

I found these Coconut M&Ms in Target for only 29 cents per bag! My lucky find inspired these Chewy Coconut M&M Sugar Cookies. These Coconut M&M Cookies are super chewy (and stay that way for DAYS!) and have a subtle coconut-chocolate flavor from the M&Ms.
Side Note: Apparently Coconut M&M’s don’t actually have any coconut in them- just coconut flavoring. That was a surprise to me!

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Chewy Coconut M&M Sugar Cookies
(12 extra large cookies, 24 small cookies)
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 cup coconut M&M’s (about 3 small bags)DIRECTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and almond extract. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls (for extra-large cookies: dough should be the size of a golf bowl) and place onto un-greased cookie sheets. Press down gently to flatten cookie dough balls slightly. Place as many Coconut M&Ms in each cookie as you’d like.
3. Bake for 8-10 minutes for small cookies, 10-12 for large cookies. Let stand on cookie sheet for two minutes before removing to cool on a wire rack. Enjoy with a big glass of milk or coffee!

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Rita January 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

I had never heard of coconut M&Ms; how wonderful these must be.


Rebecca January 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Coconut M&Ms?!! How did I not know about these?!!! I bet the cookies tasted delish!


Leslie January 22, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I love love love coconut m & M's!!!! Love the colors you picked out for the cookies!!!!


Pink Little Cake January 23, 2012 at 6:21 pm

These cookies look so tasty, I am printing the recipe, hopefully I can find coconut M&Ms around here.


Natalie January 24, 2012 at 4:47 pm

ha too funny! My husband and I do the same thing after every holiday. I still have like 5 bags of candy corn…and some fall-colored pb m&ms 🙂


Ashley's Cooking Adventures January 25, 2012 at 12:51 am

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! I am so glad you did so I could find your fabulous site. I'm your newest follower! 🙂


Anonymous February 13, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Your recipe calls for almond and vanilla…have you tried it with both? And, do you have a favorite if you have tried both…Thanks!


Mini Baker February 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I used just almond extract. But feel free to use vanilla or almond or both would be delicious as well!
Happy Baking!


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