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Chocolate M&M giant cookie

Chocolate MandM Valentine Cookie

Chocolate and M&Ms together in a giant cookie.  Yum!!   I was looking for an easy, quick dessert for Valentine’s Day and thought of a giant heart shaped cookie (I have the pan 🙂 but I wanted something other than a chocolate chip cookie.  I had made an Autumn Cookie Torte in the Fall that I found on Baking Bites that substituted M&Ms for chocolate chips and it was good but I wanted chocolate.  So I added cocoa to the recipe to make it chocolate.  I also had a bag of Mint M&Ms that I had bought on clearance after Christmas so I substituted those for regular M&Ms (I also picked out all of the green ones since they didn’t correspond to the theme). 

I baked it in the heart shaped pan and it was an excellent, quick and easy dessert. 

To make it look more dessert like I edged it with whipped cream and you can serve it with ice cream. If you don’t have a heart shaped pan you can bake it in a springform pan or even a pizza pan and use any type of M&Ms you choose. Cookies for dessert always lead to sweet mornings.

Giant Chocolate M&M Cookie
slightly adapted from Baking Bites

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1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
½ cup cocoa
1 cup M&Ms (I used Mint but pick your favorite flavor)

Preheat oven to 350. Grease a pizza pan or giant cookie pan.

Mix butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla extract.
In a separate bowl mix remaining dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa. Add together and mix.
Stir in M&Ms.
Spread in prepared pan.

Bake 26-30 minutes.

Yogurt Cake with Chocolate Chips

 

I was feeling something different.  I was tired of cookies and muffins so I needed something else to snack on.  I wanted something not real sweet and it had to be easy to make, no rolling or frosting.  I flipped through a bunch of cookbooks and was intrigued by the French Yogurt Cake in Dorie Greenspan’s Baking From My Home to Yours.  It sounded light but it had a marmalade frosting that just wasn’t what I wanted and I didn’t have any lemons for the lemon zest or almonds and there was no chocolate in the recipe but the basic idea of the cake was good. 
So I adapted the cake to suit my tastes, no lemon or almonds, increased the vanilla extract and added chocolate chips.  Oh and left off the glaze.  The result was just what I was hoping for, light, easy to make, and just the right amount of chocolate chips.  A yummy dessert 🙂

 

Yogurt Cake with Chocolate Chips
adapted from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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1 ½ cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
½ cup plain yogurt
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup canola oil

Preheat oven to 350.
Grease a loaf pan.

Mix together flour, baking powder, sugar, and chocolate chips.
Mix yogurt, eggs, vanilla extract, and canola oil.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
Pour into loaf pan.

Bake for 50-55 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack.
Remove cake from pan and allow to cool completely on wire rack.

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