Peanut M&M Chocolate Biscuits

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Ever feel like time is getting away with you? Yeah, me too – especially at the moment! Every waking moment seems to be filled with something to do; packing, planning, organising… the list is endless. With such a shortage of time at the moment, I’m all about finding easy, quick and (of course) delicious recipes that I can throw together on a Sunday afternoon.

Biscuits are great for times like this – they’re easy to prepare, quick to bake and don’t need any dressing up before they’re ready to eat. The trick is finding a recipe you love! Luckily I’ve done a bit of the leg work, so that’s exactly what today’s recipe is – a basic biscuit packed with flavour that only takes a few minutes to get mixed up and in the oven.

It’s a bit of a wonder recipe – the biscuit itself is soft, moist and chocolatey, while it’s packed with extra flavour and interest thanks to the addition of a certain candy… peanut butter M&Ms! The M&Ms give the biscuits just the right amount of colour, crunch and flavour, without making them overly rich.

In keeping with the simplicity of these biscuits, I’m going to keep this post nice and short (I promise!) One of the great things about this recipe is that it doesn’t require any special ingredients – you should already have everything you need sitting in your pantry! The most exotic thing you need is a large bag of peanut M&Ms – not exactly hard to find!

The finished biscuits are an absolute delight – chocolatey, peanutty and soft; the perfect combination if you ask me! I hope you like them too.

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Ingredients

  • 225g butter, softened and cubed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups plain flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup peanut M&Ms

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius. Line two baking trays.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter, sugars and vanilla until pale and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa and baking soda. Add flour mixture to wet mixture in three additions, mixing well between each.
  4. Add M&Ms and mix until well combined – this will crush some of the M&Ms up a bit; don’t worry, you want that!
  5. Scoop out tablespoon-sized heaps of mixture and roll into balls. Place on baking tray and lightly flatten with fingers.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until biscuits centres are set but still soft – this can be tested by inserting a skewer into one biscuit. Allow to cool on baking tray for approx. five minutes before carefully transferring to cooling rack.

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