Just like your favorite candies, these M&M Brownies will "melt in your mouth". This fudgy brownie recipe loaded with candy is perfect for weeknight desserts, birthday parties, or lunchbox treats.
There are so many ways to change up a brownie. We love adding a chocolate topping to these zebra brownies and these cosmic brownies. Or you can load them with lots of toppings like these caramel marshmallow brownies, Oreo brownies, and our favorite fudgy M&M brownies.
Why You Will Love Brownies with M&M's
- Rich and fudgy. This homemade brownie recipe is made with cocoa powder and brown sugar making them rich and delicious.
- Loaded with candy. Adding mini chocolate candies gives the brownies a fun crunch and a bigger chocolate flavor. Try using your favorite version of M&M's for a fun twist.
- Easy to make. You can make a pan of brownies using 1 bowl and simple ingredients you probably have in your kitchen right now.
- Great party dessert. They are great for parties, picnics, or a quiet night at home. Everyone always asks for this recipe when we bring them with us.
With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a batch of rich and chocolatey brownies ready in no time.
- Unsalted Butter - We always choose unsalted butter, so we can control the saltiness of a recipe. If you are using salted butter, reduce the salt.
- Brown Sugar - Sweetens the brownies and gives them a moist fudgy texture.
- Almond Extract - Gives these fudge brownies a delicious flavor. You can also use vanilla extract if you prefer that instead.
- Baking Powder - Provides a small lift as the brownies are baking..
- Cocoa Powder - I like using Hershey's dark cocoa in most of my baked goods because it gives such a great flavor. Plus, I love the dark rich color. Regular unsweetened cocoa powder is fine too.
- Mini M&M's - Small M&M's mean more chocolate candies get spread all through the brownies. The regular sized M&M's can also be used.
How to Make M&M Brownies
The batter for this M&M brownie recipe comes together using just one bowl. The best part is that the brownies can be in the oven in a matter of minutes.
- Mix butter and sugar. Beat the softened butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy. Add eggs and extract and beat again.
- Add dry ingredients. Stir in the dry ingredients until a soft brownie batter forms.
- Stir in candies. Add M&M's and stir gently.
- Bake and cool. Spread the brownie batter in a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with more M&M's before baking.
BruCrew Tip: Let the brownies cool completely to room temperature before cutting them into squares. The fudgy center will set up as the brownies cool.
On the Counter - Keep the cooled brownies in an air tight container on the counter for 3-4 days.
In the Freezer - Wrap the whole brownie or brownie squares in plastic wrap and place in a freezer safe bag. Freeze for 1-2 months. Thaw on the counter or in the fridge before serving. FYI: The moisture from thawing may make the M&M's discolor as they thaw out.
- Flavored M&M's - Use any of the other M&M's to give these brownies a great flavor. Some of my favorites to add to brownies are peanut butter, pretzel, mint, and caramel.
- Candy - Swap out the M&M candies for other candies. Reese's Pieces, Snickers, Andes Mints, and Reese's peanut butter cups are great options.
- Chocolate Chips - White, milk, semi-sweet, dark, or peanut butter chips are all great options.
- Marshmallow - Swirl marshmallow fluff into the brownie batter before baking.
- Nuts - Stir 1 cup of your favorite chopped nuts into the brownie batter to add a fun and delicious crunch to the homemade brownies.
- Frosting - Spread dark chocolate frosting on top and add sprinkles or candies.
Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Brownies
- Do NOT over mix the batter. Stir or mix just until the flour is gone. Over mixing will add excess air and the brownies could bake cakey.
- Line your pan. Use a sheet of foil or parchment paper if you want to lift the brownies out easily.
- Watch the brownies as they bake. You do not want to over bake them. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out with moist crumbs on it.
- Baking time may vary. The type of pan you use will determine how long they will bake. A metal pan will bake the brownies a little faster than a glass pan will.
- Cut squares with a plastic knife. Once the brownies have cooled, cut into pieces using one smooth motion.
- Serve with ice cream. Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream to a warm brownie and get ready to indulge.
The brownies will keep for 2-3 days in a tightly sealed container.
Yes, this recipe will work with a regular cocoa powder.
Most likely they are over baked. Use a toothpick to look for moist crumbs 1-2 minutes before the timer goes off.
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*The post was first published September 2015. The pictures were updated August 2021 and the post was republished June 2023.