Double Chocolate Mint M&M Cookies

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When I went to the commissary the other day, I found a bag of holiday mint M&Ms that I had to buy.  The funny thing is that I loathe mint anything, and yet I was still compelled to make something with them since mint is so popular with lots of other people.  Mint and chocolate seems to go hand-in-hand, so I found a chocolate cookie recipe to use.  While I did not care for the mint aspect, the cookie base was great - I'll probably make these again with regular M&Ms.  My mint-loving kiddos loved the cookies, and the guys at my husband's work seemed to like them a good bit too.  They are also really pretty and festive looking adorned with the Christmas colored M&Ms.  Overall - a big success, and a keeper recipe for future cookies.

Double Chocolate Mint M&M Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted
1 cup mint M&Ms (or plain)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

1.  Heat oven to 375°.

2.  Stir together flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa, and melted chocolate.
Beat sugars and butter until light and fluffy. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Mix well and add dry ingredients.

3.  Stir in M&M’S and pecans. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons onto a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet. Press several additional M&Ms into each cookie. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown

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