This post has been sponsored by MARS, Pillsbury, and Ziploc. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
M&M’s Butterscotch and Chocolate Puffed Rice Cookies – These no bake holiday cookies are so easy to make and super addictive! Butterscotch Chocolate M&Ms Puffed rice cookies with a creamy cake batter cheesecake frosting.
As someone who is a big fan of chocolates, cookies and delicious desserts, the holiday season itself is one big sweet treat. It’s a gift that keeps giving, a treat that keeps treating. I especially love making cookies for the holidays. Perfectly portioned for individual snacking, easily transportable, great for gift-giving – what’s not to love?
For this post, I was really excited to be able to work with M&M’s and Dove Chocolates, along with Pillsbury™ cake mixes to create one deliciously addictive Christmas cookie! These simple, no-bake, easy to assemble M&M’s Butterscotch and Chocolate Puffed Rice Cookies are meant to be shared with all your loved ones this holiday season, and with Ziploc holiday containers or the Ziploc bags, they are easy to be packaged, transported and gifted too!
I have made these amazing butterscotch swirled marshmallows using Dove Chocolates before, and this time I made it even better with the addition of M&M’s! Butterscotch and chocolate – now that’s a marriage made in heaven. It’s a flavor combo that you could never go wrong with, one that I’ve used extensively in my desserts. I’ve been a huge fan of M&M’s for as long as I can remember, so much so that I even had personalized M&M’s party favors at my wedding!
So here I have used M&M’s, Dove Chocolates and Pillsbury Moist Supreme White Premium Cake Mix to make these indulgent, no-bake butterscotch and chocolate puffed rice cookies with cake batter cheesecake frosting that are perfect to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season. M&M’s milk chocolate XMAS minis are great festive additions with their red and green candies. I even made cake batter milk to go with the cookies, because you know, Santa deserves a treat too.
These chocolate puffed rice cookies are embarrassingly easy to make, but I do recommend using a sugar thermometer to get the right consistency for the butterscotch base. It also matters what kind of chocolate you use in these cookies too, a good quality chocolate like Dove Chocolate is a great choice. I made these several times to get the consistency just right and this is the recipe that gives me the most satisfying results!
The first attempt – was with just butterscotch and white cake mix. The white cake mix dried out the cookies and they refused to bind together.
Second attempt – was butterscotch and chocolate, with the white cake mix. I thought the extra chocolate in the cookies would help add more moisture, but I was wrong. I also added the M&M’s to the cookie mix, but as the mix was hot, the M&M’s melted into the mix. So I decided to add the mini M&M’s on top of the cookies instead.
On my third attempt – I skipped adding white cake mix into the cookies and instead made cake batter cheesecake frosting to top my butterscotch chocolate puffed rice cookies, and they were magical! I tested the recipe multiple times too because they were just so addictive to taste test and to make sure it was fool-proof.
These chocolate puffed rice cookies remind me of the puffed rice bars that I grew up with. I would melt caramel and chocolate bars and mix it with puffed rice and then let it set in a container – they were one of my favorite snacks that I used to make on my own as a kid, because they were so easy and I didn’t have to bake them.
Since the butterscotch puffed rice cookies are sweet, the cake batter cream cheese frosting and the cake batter cold milk are a nice contrast. But if you’re like me – you’d probably end up eating the puffed rice mix and cream cheese frosting straight from the bowl, with a spoon. No shame in admitting that. Not when it comes to treats that are addictive like these.
The salty sweetness of the butterscotch puffed rice cookies with the tangy creamy frosting and crunchy M&M’s bits, make these cookies a truly indulgent sweet treat. They are certainly not for those who are on a restricted diet, but for all those moments in life when you need a little treat, a cookie equivalent of a pat on your back, a batch of these butterscotch and puffed rice cookies are super simple to whip up. You could even color the frosting with green coloring and get into the spirit of the season by making the frosting look like a Christmas tree!
- 1 cup 2 tbsp packed brown sugar (about 200g)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tbsp corn syrup (optional)
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 3.5 oz Dove Milk Chocolate (about 8 - 9 pieces)
- 2 cups of puffed rice cereal
- M&M minis to decorate
- ½ cup whipping cream
- ¼ cup Pillsbury White Cake Cake mix (the dry mix)
- 8oz Cream Cheese, softened at room temperature.
- 1 ½ cups of cold 2% milk
- 2 heaped tbsp of white cake dry mix
- Place the first 4 ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium high heat, while stirring to melt the sugar.
- Bring to a boil and let it thicken over medium heat, for about 5 minutes.
- Add the cream and mix in until completely incorporated.
- Bring the mix back to a boil, and clip a candy thermometer to the mix. Let the sugar syrup cook until it reaches 250°F.
- Remove from the heat and let it cool down to about 180°F
- Add the Dove milk chocolate and mix in until chocolate has completely melted.
- Add the puffed rice next, and mix gently to mix the cereal through. Be careful not to crush the puffed rice.
- Using a cookie scoop, scoop equal portion of the butterscotch chocolate cookies onto a parchment lined tray.
- Once the whole mix has been portioned out, the cookies would have cooled down enough to be handled, but still malleable. At this stage, flatten out the cookies and press in some Mini M&Ms on top, and on the sides of each of the cookies.
- Let the cookie cool completely, and they will harden.
- Once the cookies have hardened they can be stored as is until ready to be served.
- Whisk together the whipping cream and white cake mix, until the mix is dissolved completely in the cream.
- Add the cream cheese and whip using a whisk until light and fluffy. Optionally you can add any color you like, or keep the frosting white. Keep in the fridge until ready to use.
- Place the frosting in a piping bag with a star tip attached when you are ready to frost the cookies.
- Pipe a swirl ontop of each cookie and top with more M&M minis if preferred.
- Serve with Cake Batter milk.
- Place the milk and dry cake mix in a blender. Blend until the cake mix has completely dissolved in the milk. Serve in a tall glass. Optional - SPrinkle festive funfetti into the milk before serving.
- Serve cold.
You can find M&M’s and Dove Chocolates, Pillsbury cake mixes and Ziploc holiday containers at Target. Just make sure to check out these cartwheel offers before you head off to get your hands on these ingredients so you can save some money at the same time, too!
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