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Ultimate M&M Brownies for Candy Lovers

Whip up a batch of colorful and delicious M&M brownies with our easy recipe! These rich, chocolatey brownies are studded with vibrant M&M candies, making them a fun and tasty treat for all ages.

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Whoever said “don’t fix what isn’t broken” clearly never tried tossing chocolate candies into brownie batter.

Welcome to my latest kitchen escapade, where I’m shaking up the classic fudge brownie with a colorful, candy-coated twist: M&M brownies!

First, let’s address the elephant in the room: why mess with the perfection of a gooey, rich brownie? Well, it’s because I can, and because it’s ridiculously fun (and tasty).

Imagine the fudgy, chocolatey goodness of your favorite brownie, now studded with the crunch and charm of M&Ms. It’s not just a dessert; it’s a chocolate party in your mouth.

This isn’t just a sprinkle-and-bake affair. We’re talking about a carefully crafted recipe where the M&Ms aren’t just an ingredient; they’re integral to the brownie’s identity.

They bring their A-game, adding pops of color and bursts of crunchy texture to every bite. It’s a match made in heaven, like peanut butter and jelly, but way more chocolatey and, dare I say, more fun.

And let’s not forget the versatility of this recipe. Got a birthday party? M&M brownies. Need a pick-me-up? M&M brownies. Want to impress your coworkers at the next office potluck? You guessed it – M&M brownies.

They’re the Swiss Army knife of desserts, ready to swoop in and save any culinary occasion. EVERYONE loves them!

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So, grab your apron, preheat that oven, and give this recipe a try. And who knows? You might just find yourself wondering what other classic dessert recipes could use a little candy-coated shake-up.

Scroll down for the recipe that’s set to redefine your brownie (and bake sale!) game. Spoiler alert: it’s easier than you think and more delicious than you can imagine!

Tips for Making the Best Brownies

Before you dive into this recipe, I’ve got some tips for you on making the best (and tastiest) brownies. If you’re interested, check them out. Otherwise scroll to the bottom.

Use Quality Ingredients

Use fresh ingredients for the best flavor and texture. You’ll for sure want to get fresh eggs, good quality butter, and pure vanilla extract (instead of imitation).

You should choose high-quality chocolate chips and cocoa powder for the best flavor. If you like dark chocolate, chips with at least 60% cocoa content is recommended.

Measure Precisely

Flour is often the main dry ingredient in brownies. Measure using the scoop-and-level method, as adding too much flour can result in dry baked goods.

Bring Cold Ingredients to Room Temp

Bring ingredients like butter, eggs, and milk to room temperature before mixing. They will incorporate better, resulting in smoother batter and softer brownies. They don’t need to be warm; slightly cool to room temp is fine.

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Avoid Overmixing

Mix the batter just until ingredients are combined, or the dry disappears into the wet. Overmixing can result in tough baked goods.

Choose the Right Pan

Use a light-colored metal or glass baking pan. Dark-colored pans can cause the brownies to bake unevenly or become too crisp on the edges.

Test for Doneness

They should be slightly underbaked when you remove them from the oven. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it.

Allow to Cool in the Pan

Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. This helps them set and develop their texture.

m&M brownie recipe

Remember, practicing and experimenting will help you perfect your baking skills over time. Have fun and enjoy the process of creating delicious baked goods! Here’s what you’re going to need for these M&M brownies.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (or salted, omit the salt below)
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup M&M’s, plus more to top

Equipment Needed

  • 8 inch by 8 inch baking dish
  • Parchment paper
  • Saucepan
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

Additional Thoughts on This Recipe

You will know these are done when you stick a toothpick into them and a few moist crumbs come out.

You may not need the full baking time, depending on your oven, pan type, and more, so be sure to check them a few minutes before the timer goes off.

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Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Brownies can be frozen for up to three months (make sure to wrap them tightly and store in an air tight container).

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Yield: 9 brownies

M&M Brownies

m&m brownies

These rich and fudgy M&M brownies are perfect for dessert! They’re chocolatey, soft, and have a slight crunch.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup M&M’s, plus more to top


  1. Preheat your oven to 350℉ and line your baking dish with parchment paper.white-square-baking-dish
  2. Melt the butter and 1/2 of the chocolate chips in a saucepan on medium to low heat.Butter and chocolate chips together in a white sauce pan
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in eggs, both sugars, and vanilla.Eggs, sugar, and brown sugar added into the chocolate mixture
  4. In a large bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.Cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder whisked together in the bowl
  5. Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients, then pour the wet ingredients in and stir until just combined.Wet ingredients poured into the dry brownie ingredients
  6. Gently fold in the M&M’s and the rest of your chocolate chips until combined.M&Ms and chocolate chips folded into the batter
  7. Pour into your baking dish and smooth out with a spatula.Batter smoothed into a baking dish
  8. Add more M&M’s on top if you’d like, then bake for about 45-55 minutes.Add more M&Ms on top and bake
  9. Allow to cool before cutting and enjoying!cooled brownies cut into squares

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 65gFiber: 4gSugar: 46gProtein: 6g

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