M&M Brownies

16 brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

M&M Brownies are easy rich fudge brownies filled with colorful chocolate M&M candies and semi-sweet chocolate chips that your whole family will love!

If you’re torn between making Fudge Brownies or M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies, this brownie recipe is for you! Be sure to look for more Brownie Recipes too they’re easy to make and perfect for birthday parties or lunch boxes!

M & M Brownies in stack


This M&M Brownies recipe starts with a homemade double chocolate brownie mix and then folds in a whole cup M&Ms! These hard shell chocolate candies add a little bit of crunch while still keeping that signature “melt in your mouth” you know and love.

These brownies are great especially if you have kids who love to bake! It’s an easy recipe that kids can make. You may want to grab an extra bag of M&M candies since snacking on the chocolate candies while baking might as well be a step.

Like our classic brownie recipe, this one uses cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate which makes it so much easier with all the same fudgy rich chocolate goodness. No need to worry about burning the chocolate or little fingers dunking in molten chocolate.

M&M Brownies are perfect birthday party treats, weeknight desserts, or lunchbox snacks. This easy recipe technically makes 16 larger brownies, but no one has to know you cut them in half for the kids’ lunchbox desserts. 

One of the best parts of M&M Brownies is that you can use practically any M&M candy in this recipe. Try out their new or seasonal flavors throughout the year or grab color themed M&Ms. Try red, white, and blue M&M candies for Fourth of July or pastel M&Ms for Easter and baby showers.

Serve M&M Brownies with a little dusting of powdered sugar or chocolate frosting (like the one in these Iced Fudge Brownies) for extra special brownies. Warm brownies taste amazing with a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. For chocolate lovers, try Dark Chocolate Ice Cream for a super chocolaty dessert!


M&M Brownies in baking pan


    • Caramel: Drizzle your baked M&M Brownies with Salted Caramel Sauce or melt caramels and stir into the brownie batter.
    • M&M Candies: Swap out regular M&M candies for pretty much any other kind. Some favorites are mini M&M candies, peanut butter M&M candies or Reese’s Pieces, and caramel M&M candies.
    • Cheesecake: Mix together softened cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, and vanilla for a cheesecake swirl for these brownies. Check out these Cheesecake Brownies for inspiration!
    • Nutella: Add a ½ cup of rich chocolate hazelnut spread, aka Nutella, to your brownie batter for gooey, chewy brownies.
    • Chocolate Chips: Try dark chocolate or white chocolate chips instead of the semisweet chocolate chips. You could also try baking chips like mint chocolate chips or peanut butter chips!
    • Nuts: For extra crunch, stir in a ½ cup chopped nuts like peanuts, toasted almonds, pecans, or walnuts.



  • Serve: M&M Brownies can be at room temperature for up to 4 days in a cool, dry place. Cover tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Store: Keep your M&M Brownies in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • Freeze: Cool brownies completely. Freeze for 1 hour on baking sheet then transfer to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.

M&M Brownies in stack, top-down view

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M&M Brownies

M&M Brownies are an easy chocolaty kid friendly dessert! Chewy fudge brownies filled with colorful chocolate M&M candies and semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Yield 16 brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup M&M candies , divided
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Spray an 8x8 inch baking pan with baking spray.
  • Whisk together melted butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  • Whisk in the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • Fold in chocolate chips and ¾ cup M&M candies.
  • Spread batter evenly into greased baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the remaining ¼ cup M&Ms over the batter.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.


Calories: 225kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

M&M Brownies collage

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. I had the same issue of the m&ms sinking down and melting into the brownies but they taste wonderful so I can’t complain!

    1. Oh no! I didn’t have any issues but try coating them in a light dusting of flour next time to avoid this problem. Hope this helps.

  2. I’m a 13 year old amateur baker and these brownies were the easiest things to make and taste yummy! would definitely make again! 🙂

  3. Yummy! Easy! But the M&Ms melted away to nothing. Great taste but no color. Anyone else have this issue?

    1. yes I had the same issue with the m&m’s I placed on top of the batter, doesn’t affect the amazing taste though! yummy!