Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants- our World Champions!  Last night’s game was a thrill to watch, winning the series in a four game weep was an unexpected accomplishment by the team and one that will be celebrated here in the San Francisco Bay Area for months to come. The victory parade is on Halloween day so I didn’t know it at the time but I baked these brown butter M&M cookies to celebrate our Giant’s World Series win.  I broke into my Halloween candy stash (twice!) and unleashed the inner cookie monster this week.  For these latest brown butter cookies I used a bag of Fall color themed milk chocolate M&M’s.  After weeks of warm temperatures leading up to Halloween night, our forecast is for rain-I hope it’s wrong!  Our neighborhood hosts hundreds of trick or treaters every year and this past week Halloween decorations went up on the street.  Ghouls wearing rags chained to large piles of assorted pumpkins set up right next to cheerful scrappy scarecrows stuck on wooden sticks in leaf covered lawns are a few of my favorites.  I also love seeing the ghost made from a white sheet that is eerily pulled across our street from tree top to tree top and the skeleton pirates reclining in a creek while passing a bottle of rum with dry ice smoking from a treasure chest in the background.  But, best of all are the little people wearing costumes trick or treating after the sun goes down.  I’m hoping for a dry raincoat/umbrella free day for  both the Giants parade and Halloween evening.
Once again I have to thank my go-to source for fun cookie recipes- my blogging friend Lizzy@That Skinny Chick Can Bake for this recipe and for all her baking inspiration, thanks Lizzy!  I hope everyone has a fun evening planned for Halloween and if baking cookies is part of your celebration I hope you’ll consider trying this recipe for Brown Butter M&M Cookies or my previous post of Milky Way Cookies.

Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Gently adapted from That Skinny Chick Can Bake.


  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1&3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1&1/2 cup milk chocolate M&M's


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment of silpats.
  3. Melt 10 tablespoons of the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat, continue cooking until the butter is light brown with a nutty fragrance.
  4. Pour the butter into a heatproof bowl and stir in the remaining butter until melted.
  5. Add the sugars and then vanilla.
  6. Mix in the egg and egg yolk.
  7. Stir in the baking soda and then flour, mix until combined.
  8. Stir in the M&M's.
  9. Scoop out rounded tablespoons and space evenly on baking sheets, about 2" apart.
  10. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until light brown.
  11. Cool on metal racks.

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  1. Patty, with the whipping wind and torrential rain against my windows going on right now from “Sandy,” do you know how badly I would love one of these cookies right now? They look so delicious!

  2. I love brown butter and M&M’s, these cookies look wonderful Patty!

  3. These cookies look amazing! I like your inner cookie monster. :D
    Adorable presentation too!

  4. I love M and M cookies, and made similar cookies a couple of weeks ago. M and M are the best, and make the best cookies.

  5. Amazing looking cookies. I loved the scary jar. Happy Halloween to you. Boooo!

  6. These cookies look AMAZING! Love your spooky cookie jar too.

  7. Patty, your cookies look great, I yet have to bake something with brown butter and cookies will be my first attempt. Your cookies are so cute in the Halloween theme one.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :)

  8. How funny I was just thinking about you and I was also wondering are you and Lizzy working together (lol, I’m just playing with you). I was thinking about you though. I heard about that rain and I’m not happy about it myself, I bought a ton of candy and I sure don’t want it sitting around here tempting me. I like how you browned the butter for extra flavor, I’m gonna try that next time. Maybe sooner rather than later if I don’t get a ton of kids. Feel free to come and trick or treat me! Hope you are having a great week.

  9. Your neighborhood sounds like a blast! Delicious M & M cookies. I know a little 3-year-old boy who would love these ;) Congrats to your Giants too!

  10. I thought of you when the Giants won! I love the witch and the cookies too. I regularly use m&m’s in candies in my cookies :) Enjoy celebrating the win of the Giants!!

  11. Patty, congratulations on the Giants win! How about the 49ers – any chance they would go to Super Bowl? The SF Bay area will go crazy if they do! LOL! Me too, I am also wishing for a raincoat- and umbrella-free Halloween evening. And by the way, you had me at “brown butter” – I love its toasty, nutty, coffee-like aroma! Yum!

  12. Patty – I bet you were SO excited when the Giants won! It was a great series, or shall I say “sweep”! Are you heading to the parade? A few of my team members are going – it would be fun but wild. These cookies are amazing. You had me at brown butter!!!

  13. Yay, Giants! Okay, so I’m not the biggest baseball fan but I’d follow you around SF today if you were carrying around these cookies. The brown butter sounds so good!

  14. Now that I am on board with brown butter, I need to try these cookies! And M&M’s are always good with anything!

  15. I don’t get any trick or treaters, so there’s no shortage of candy here! These cookies look amazing. :)

  16. Oh yes, I saw Lizzy’s M&M cookies and was attracted to them. My kids love M&M and they will love these cookies as much as chocolate chip cookies they love! And NICE styling, Patty!

  17. Hi Patty,
    Congratulations on the win!! These cookies are a great way to celebrate. I love the cookie jar so cute:)

  18. Wow, such a great recipe for the brown butter M & M’s. I’ve never made any cookies browning the butter, although I made cakes with it, and brownies! Your cookies turned out so perfect and yummy! Love the festive Halloween witch cookie jar, and the beautiful photos…as, always! Have a great end of the week, my friend:) xo

  19. Gosh, again you made my day!!!! Thanks so much, Patty!! Your cookies look amazing!!

  20. What a fun presentation for these delightful cookies…Lizzy is indeed an inspiration! And congrats to you and your team :)

  21. What a great way to use up my daughter’s leftover Halloween candy! These look delicious!

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