This M&M Brownies Recipe is easy and delicious! M&M Fudge Brownies come together in under an hour for a quick dessert everyone will love!
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There's nothing better than an M&M brownie! Rich fudge frosting, colorful M&Ms, and a chewy brownie base - these brownies are definitely one of the most fun brownies to make.
Of course.. there's really no wrong way to make a brownie! S’mores Brownies Recipe, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies and Chocolate Strawberry Brownies are some of my all time favorite desserts!
Brownies with M&Ms on Top
Why You'll Love Brownies with M&Ms on top
- Customizable! - Swap out the mini M&Ms for any of the M&M flavors you love
- The perfect party treats - School party? Need to bring a dessert to pass? These are a perfect choice, everyone loves a brownie.
- Quick & Easy - You'll likely already have all of these ingredients on hand!
M&M Brownies Recipe Ingredients
To make M&M brownies you'll only need a few basic ingredients!
M&M Brownie Ingredients:
For the frosting you'll need:
How to Make M&M Brownies
- In a small bowl, combine flour and Dutch cocoa powder.
- Beat together your butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in your egg, egg yolk, maple syrup, and vanilla, and beat on high for 2 minutes.
- Continue beating at a low speed as you add the flour mixture.
- Move your batter to the pan and spread to the pan’s edges. Bake for 45 minutes.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely as you prepare your frosting.
- In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and then add the heavy cream. Stir until combined and creamy.
- Pour the frosting onto the brownies and place them in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool. When the frosting is cool, sprinkle mini M&M’s on top to your liking. Serve with vanilla ice cream for a delicious dessert!
Storing & Freezing M&M Brownies
Storing: You can store M&M brownies at room temperature for 3-4 days r for up to a week in the refrigerator.
If storing frosted brownies in the fridge and you don't want the frosting to stick to a container or plastic wrap, follow the instructions for freezing and just place them into the fridge once wrapped up.
Freezing: Freezing frosted brownies can be somewhat of a challenge. It's recommended to first, freeze the brownies on a tray or plate uncovered in the freezer until the frosting is very firm. Once the frosting is firm, wrap the brownies in plastic wrap, then place them in an airtight container. If frozen, the brownies will last for up to 3 months.
Substitutions for M&M Brownies:
All Purpose Flour: We don't recommend substituting the flour, but you can check out this article on Cake Flour vs. All-Purpose Flour or Substitutions for All-Purpose Flour
Cocoa Powder: You can use any type of cocoa powder here. Cocoa powder is not the same as hot cocoa or cacao.
Butter: Butter is essential to this recipe. We haven't tried it with dairy free butter.
Sugar: You can substitute brown sugar for white sugar in this recipe. Add ½ tablespoon of molasses if you have it, but if not, white sugar will work
Eggs: We don't recommend substituting eggs, but you can read this article on how to substitute for eggs in brownies. Try it at your own risk!
Vanilla Extract: Helps to add flavor, we don't recommend substituting.
Heavy Cream: Heavy cream is really helps to make a thick ganache frosting. Half and half will work, but milk or non dairy milk will not work as well.
Toppings: You can also use regular M&Ms if you can't find minis. If you have extra M&Ms try this M&M Cookie Recipe
M&M Brownie Recipe Variations
Try these fun ideas to customize these M&M Fudgy Brownies:
- Red White & Blue M&Ms - For the 4th of July M&M Brownies
- Fudge Brownie M&Ms - For Extra Fudgy M&M Fudge Brownies
- Peanut Butter M&Ms - For Peanut Butter & Chocolate M&M Brownies
- Almond Chocolate M&Ms - For Crunchy & Nutty M&M Fudge Brownies
M&M Brownie Recipe Tips
- Don't overmix - As with most batter overmixing is often why some recipes don't work out. Be gentle and fold your batter.
- Grease your pan well - There's nothing more upsetting than making a whole batch of brownies and they're all stuck to the pan.
- Chill before cutting - Not chilling the brownies before cutting will likely result in a mess of falling apart brownies. While they'll still taste delicious, they may look a mess.
M&M Fudge Brownies FAQ
Simple answer: Fat Use hot melted butter and don't overmix the batter once you add in the dry ingredients.
-Adding additional eggs will make a brownie cakey. The additional eggs will make the brownies rise and create that cake-like texture.
-You can create a chewy brownie by using egg yolks only.
Yes! Baking is art too, be creative!
Other delicious brownie recipes:
M&M Brownies Recipe
- ½ cup white flour
- ¼ cup Dutch cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons salted butter melted
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup Miniature M&M’s
- Preheat the oven to 350 and grease down an 8x8 pan with melted butter or cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, combine flour and Dutch cocoa powder.
- In a large bowl with a hand mixer or in a stand mixer, beat together your butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add in your egg, egg yolk, maple syrup, and vanilla and beat on high for 2 minutes.
- Continue beating at a low speed as you add the flour mixture. Beat until the flour mixture is fully incorporated into your batter.
- Move your batter to the pan and spread to the pan’s edges. Bake for 45 minutes, or until you can remove a toothpick from the brownies without the dough sticking to the toothpick.
- Allow the brownies to cool completely as you prepare your frosting. In a medium saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and then add the heavy cream. Stir until combined and creamy.
- Pour the frosting onto the brownies and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to cool. When the frosting is cool, sprinkle miniature M&M’s on top to your liking.
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