You know them, you love them, you quietly whisper “melts in your mouth, not in your hands” as you tip your head back and toss another handful in because, you know, you’ve got to test the theory. M&Ms are a candy classic. However, over the years the rainbow coated chocolate has become much more than just a candy treat – it’s a darn great baking ingredient. Here are some of the best recipes to prove why you should be keeping M&Ms handy in your baking cupboard.

1. M&Ms Brownie Batter Dip

Mmmm…nothing like the concept of spooning brownie batter with cookies, and topped with the sweet crunch of M&Ms. When hosting a girl’s night, super bowl party, or a Sunday cheat day treat, this recipe has you covered. Photo by: Fake Ginger

M&Ms Brownie Batter Dip

2. Chocolate Chip + M&Ms Cookie Dough Bar

All of my favorite sweet food groups in one; chocolate, cookie dough, and peanut butter! To add M&Ms to that, is simply mindblowing. Plus, the peanut butter is protein, so these are basically a health food bar, right?
Photo by: Coupon Cravings

3. Pinata Cupcakes

Don’t bash this one with a stick, just bite in, and let the candy explosion happen. Skip right past the hands, and right to the mouth with this mini M&M hack! Photo by: Mandy’s Recipe Box

4. White Chocolate Rice Krispies With M&Ms

Every mom knows that rice krispies are the bomb dot com because they’re simple, fast, and last for days. Simple and fast means you won’t lose your marbles when the kids want to “help”. With 5 ingredients, including colorful and crunchy M&Ms – this makes your classic rice krispie square a whole lot more fun. Photo by: Something Swanky

5. Monster Cookie Dough Dip

Monster cookies are a favorite childhood cookie, with their signature chocolate chips, and M&Ms. Make that into a cookie dough dip and kids will think you’re some sort of magical wizard fairy gifting them all they’ve ever wanted. Or maybe that’s just everyone in general, but we’ll say “kids” to keep this whole adulting facade going strong. Photo by: Chocolate Moosey

6. M&Ms Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Gather round the cast iron skillet, scoop some ice cream, and grab a spoon… let’s dig right in, shall we? Photo by: Sally’s Baking Addiction

7. M&Ms Peanut Butter Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting

Here’s the amazing thing about M&Ms, they come in varieties. Yes, varieties. We all have one we favor, and for me – that’s always been peanut butter M&Ms. So a cake made with them, with additional peanut butter as the literal frosting on the cake? That’s a yes. A heck, yes. Photo by: A Treat’s Affair

8. M&M Truffles

Remember that Leonardo DiCaprio movie “Inception” where they went into dreams, and had dreams within the dreams? This dessert is the real-life chocolate, candy, peanut buttery version of that. It’s a chocolate coated treat, filled with a chocolate coated treat. M&M Inception. Photo by: Sally’s Baking Addiction

9. M&Ms Ultimate Snack Mix

Every good snack mix needs some sort of candy or chocolate to make the snack mix complete. Everyone knows, the best ingredient for that role, is the M&M. Plus, they’re super bright so they’re easier to pick out 😉 Photo by: Julie’s Eats & Treats

10. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Pizza

When you have a savory pizza, toppings like sauce and cheese and pepperoni are the go-to’s. When you’re doing a sweet dessert pizza? The topping of choice of course is M&Ms. Photo by: The Gold Lining

11. M&M Cupcakes

The simple title of these doesn’t do them justice. Yes, they’re highlighting the hero of the recipe – M&M’s, but these cupcakes are so much more. They’re chocolate cupcakes with marshmallow frosting, dipped in chocolate and topped with M&M’s. Heck, yes. Photo by: Lemon Sugar

Sarah Nicole

Since successfully losing 100lbs by changing her relationship with food and her body, Sarah has taken her passion for food and balanced it between cucumbers and cupcakes. When she's not bustling her way around a kitchen, you can find her working out or winding down at home with her 3 kids and pug. Follow Sarah's journey on Instagram @TheBirdsPapaya.

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