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Make these swoon worthy Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Valentine colored M&M'S® and dried cherries for a Valentine's Treat! One is not enough!

Chocolate Chunk Chewy Cookies with Dried Cherries or M&M’S®

  • Author: Lisa adapted the recipe from Martha Stewart
  • Yield: 40 1x


  • 3 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 12 oz semi sweet chocolate, chopped coarsely (2 ½ cups)
  • dried cherries (1 ½ cups) – you may need more or less depending on your preference
  • colored M&M’S® (1 ½ cups) – you may need more or less depending on your preference


  1. Preheat the oven to 350℉
  2. Place the flour, baking soda, salt in a bowl and whisk to combine
  3. In a mixer, beat butter and sugars until pale and fluffy.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat to combine.
  5. Add vanilla, then the flour mixture and finally mix in chocolate.
  6. If making all cherry cookies: add dried cherries to dough and refrigerate 1 hour (go to #9)
  7. If making all M&M’S® cookies *: refrigerate dough (go to #9)
  8. If making two kinds of cookies: separate dough into into two bowls. Mix dried cherries into one bowl of dough and leave the other dough plain for now – refrigerate both bowls of dough for 1 hour.
  9. Remove Dough from refrigerator,
  10. Scoop dough with a 1 3/4″ ice cream scoop and arrange on a cookie sheet lined in parchment paper.
  11. Flatten dough balls with flat side of the spatula. Add M&M’S® around dough
  12. Bake for 8-10 minutes – when edges are golden brown
  13. Cool on sheets set on wire racks for 10 minutes
  14. Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely


*Lisa’s Note: Do not mix the M&M’S® into the batter. Scoop out the batter and place on the cookie sheet. Using the back of a spatula flatten the batter down and then place the M&M’S® around the dough. That way the colors pop and look cute!

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