M&M Brownie Bites

M&M Brownie Bites are fun little brownies with a splash of happy color, thanks to mini M&Ms!

overhead view of M&M Brownie Bites on a multi-colored polka dot plate

Brownies always have a high irresistibility factor for me, but the adorableness of these M&M Brownie Bites really pushes them over the top! These are just so fun, aren’t they?

Beyond the cuteness factor, these are soft, fudgy brownies with wonderful chocolate flavor. I feel like sometimes brownies don’t optimize their chocolate flavor potential, but these are perfect for serious chocolate lovers.

overhead view of the batter for M&M Brownie Bites

With one exception, these brownies are made with basic baking ingredients you likely already have on-hand. In addition to the basics, you’ll also need mini M&Ms. The mini size is key because of the small size of these brownies. Those little guys will mix much easier into the batter and better distribute throughout the small portions.

Of course, you can also substitute something else for the M&Ms, like nuts or mini chocolate chips. You can also omit them entirely. Just keep in mind that you won’t get as many brownies from the recipe when omitting them.

overhead view of M&M Brownie Bites batter scooped into lined mini muffin pans

Tips for Baking Brownie Bites

  • Use light-colored, non-shiny metal pans for the best results. I’ve linked to the pans you see here below the recipe.
  • Use a good quality chocolate for the best flavor and and texture. Good chocolate doesn’t have to be expensive. Pick one that has a good flavor and that melts easily.
  • Whether you line the pans or not is a matter of preference. For small desserts like these, I tend to use liners so that they’re as grab-and-go as possible. Also, the colorful liners give them that extra pop of happy color!
  • These brownies can be made in just one bowl. Melt the chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl that allows plenty of room for adding the remaining ingredients.
  • To make these brownies as fudgy as they can be, don’t overmix the batter. I prefer mixing with just a large mixing spoon, but you can use an electric mixer if you prefer. The more it’s mixed, the more cake-like they’ll be. That applies to the eggs as well. I really mean that “lightly” beaten part.
  • Be sure to let the chocolate and butter mixture cool before adding the other ingredients. If you add the other ingredients immediately, you’ll have a mess on your hands because the hot mixture will actually start cooking the eggs.
  • Don’t over-bake the brownies. When a pick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs, they’re ready.
  • For more brownie tips, be sure to see my Tips for Baking Brownies from Scratch.

M&M Brownie Bites on a multi-colored polka dot plate and on a white wooden surface

These brownies will keep for a few days tightly covered at room temperature. Because they make a big batch, you’ll have plenty to share. Or freeze some for when your future self is craving brownies!

Of course, they may disappear before you can get around to gifting them or freezing them. Luckily, they’re quick and easy to make so you can whip up another batch!

M&M Brownie Bites on a polka-dotted plate

M&M Brownie Bites are a great dessert for a fun celebration or just because. The splash of color from the candies makes them eye-catching, but the flavor is what will have you coming back for more. And because they’re so easy to make, they make a great baking project when you want something homemade without a lot of fuss.

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Yield: 48 brownies

M&M Brownie Bites

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

The addition of mini M&Ms make these brownie bites as adorable as they are delicious!

overhead view of M&M Brownie Bites on a multi-colored polka dot plate

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces (340g, about 2 cups) semisweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (141g) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (120g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mini M&Ms

Instructions

  1. Place the semisweet chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat at half power in 30-second increments until the butter has melted and the chocolate melts when stirred. Stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 48 mini muffin cups or line them with paper liners.
  3. Add the eggs, sugar, and vanilla to the cooled chocolate mixture. Use a mixing spoon or an electric mixer to mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Stir in the flour and salt, mixing just until combined. Stir in the M&Ms.
  5. Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling each almost full.
  6. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.

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