Fudgy Chocolate M&M cookies

valentine-mm-cookiesFudgy Chocolate M&M cookies

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
4 T. (1/2 stick) butter
2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 1/3 cups flour
1/4 t. baking powder
2 cups m&m’s

In a 2-cup glass measuring cup or bowl, melt  chocolate chips and the butter in the microwave. Time it for one minute, then stir. If necessary, 30 more seconds, then stir until smooth. Cool slightly.  In a mixing bowl, beat together 2 eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla until pale and creamy, for 3 to 5 minutes at medium speed. Blend in the melted chocolate and then the flour and baking powder.
Chill the dough for 30 minutes.
Using a medium scoop, drop cookie dough on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Flatten with the heel of your hand to about 1/2 inch thick. Place m&m’s on top of the cookies. Use red and pink for Valentine’s Day, green for St. Patrick’s, red, white and green for Christmas, your favorite team colors. For these, I used some cherry-chocolate m&m’s.
Bake 14-16 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool on a wire rack.

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