Like their cookie counterparts, Oreo, M&M candies are a classic. And though both companies may be venturing into increasingly adventurous flavors–Mars just released Pecan Pie and Pumpkin Spice Latte M&Ms for the fall–their originals will always be the solid stand-by.
But that doesn’t mean you should always eat them right out of the bag. If you thought chocolate chips were the perfect addition to all your baked goods, let us introduce you to amazing blogger desserts taken to the next level with M&Ms.
Big Soft M&M Cookies
You’ll never touch those packaged versions again after making a batch of these pillowy cookies. Lindsay, the genius blogger behind this recipe, knows that the secret to any candy-laden cookie is to not be stingy with the add-ins. A generous 1-½ cups of M&Ms go into these sweet treats.
Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.
Trail Mix Peanut Butter Bars
Get all the sweet-and-salty goodness of a standard trail mix in a grab-and-go bar. Throw them in a bag for on-the-go snacking or pack them in your kids’ lunchboxes for instant cool points.
Get the recipe from Deliciously Sprinkled.
M&M Cookie Ice Cream Cake
Making your own ice cream cake doesn’t have to be complicated! This sweet and simple cake from blogger Nicole uses store-bought M&M ice cream sandwiches and vanilla ice cream to create a double-decker cake in a matter of minutes; the freezer does the rest of the work. Don’t forget to sprinkle the whole thing generously with more M&Ms before serving!
Get the recipe from Wonky Wonderful.
Sweet and Salty Marshmallow Popcorn
Caramel corn meets marshmallows and M&Ms in this crave-worthy creation from blogger Maria. Mini pretzels lend a pop of salt that complements the sweet caramel and candies, and the mix makes the perfect addition to any movie night.
Get the recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod.
M&M Brownie Bark
Whether you prefer them crunchy or somewhere between chewy and crisp, if the brownie edges are your favorite part, this is the recipe for you. A triple-threat combination of brownie base, mini chocolate chips, and M&Ms will knock out even the most stubborn of chocolate cravings.
Get the recipe from i heart eating.
Triple Chocolate Cookie Cake
If your sweet tooth stubbornly persists, keep calm and whip up this cookie cake. The base packs three sources of sweet chocolate for your craving, and the frosting adds a luscious final touch.
Get the recipe from Life, Love, and Sugar.
Peanut Butter M&M Truffles
Peanut butter and chocolate are the power duo of the dessert world, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t also add M&Ms to the mix. These popable truffles are perfect for party snack tables–or just as a treat at the end of a long workweek.
Get the recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.
Pinata Cake with M&Ms
Chocolate-on-chocolate cake is a pretty sweet treat on its own, but this cake packs an extra sweet surprise: an avalanche of M&Ms. Don’t let the gorgeous pictures scare you away. Kristi, the talented blogger behind this dreamy birthday cake, has step-by-step instructions and pictures to guide you through the process.
Get the recipe from I should be mopping the floor.
Caramel Marshmallow M&M Brownies
Think of these irresistible bars as a s’mores-brownie hybrid–with a serious upgrade. You might be sacrificing the graham crackers, but you’ll gain gooey caramel and a healthy helping of M&Ms. That’s a trade we’ll make any day.
Get the recipe from Inside Bru Crew Life.
Monster Cookie Dough Dip
If you struggle to get the cookie dough to the oven when you’re baking, whip up this dough-inspired dip instead. It’s free of eggs, making it 100% safe for snacking. Apple slices, graham crackers, and pretzels are all perfect for dipping, but we can’t blame you if you use a spoon instead.
Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.