When it comes to candy, M&Ms are hard to beat. They've got the chocolate and the candy shell. They're small and easy to snack on. And they're even easier to throw into one of your favorite dessert recipes. M&M recipes are almost better than eating this candy-shelled chocolate as is (because you get to double down on desserts, of course).

Most bakers add M&Ms to their cookies, and this is a smart move. But there's no reason to stop there. M&Ms make sense in pies, dessert bars, on cakes and cupcakes. Check out all the ways you can bake with M&Ms.

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  • Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies With PB Cups & PB M&M’s

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.averiecooks.com/2012/01/deep-dish-chocolate-chip-cookies-with-pb-cups-pb-mms.html" target="_blank">Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookies with PB Cups & PB M&M’s recipe</a> by Averie Cooks</strong>

  • Peanut Butter M&M Brownies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2011/07/21/peanut-butter-mm-brownies/" target="_blank">Peanut Butter M&M Brownies recipe</a> by Buns in my Oven</strong>

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.confessionsofacookbookqueen.com/2012/11/chocolate-peanut-butter-marshmallow-cookies/" target="_blank">Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallow Cookies recipe</a> by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen</strong>

  • M&M Cupcakes

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://lemon-sugar.com/2012/09/m-cupcakes.html/" target="_blank">M&M Cupcakes recipe</a> by Lemon Sugar</strong>

  • Rainbow M&M Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thedomesticrebel.com/2013/01/03/rainbow-mm-cookies/" target="_blank">Rainbow M&M Cookies recipe</a> by The Domestic Rebel</strong>

  • Snack Mix Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bunsinmyoven.com/2010/01/20/snack-bars-and-a-confession/" target="_blank">Snack Mix Bars recipe</a> by Buns in my Oven</strong>

  • Jumbo Pretzel M&M Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://passthesushi.com/jumbo-pretzel-mm-cookies-just-for-me/" target="_blank">Jumbo Pretzel M&M Cookies recipe</a> by Pass the Sushi</strong>

  • Loaded Cookie Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2012/1/30/loaded-cookie-bars.html" target="_blank">Loaded Cookie Bars recipe</a> by Pip & Ebby</strong>

  • M&M Cookie Stack Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.ericasweettooth.com/2013/06/mm-cookie-stack-cake.html" target="_blank">M&M Cookie Stack Cake recipe</a> by Erica's Sweet Tooth</strong>

  • Kit Kat Cake

    <strong>Get the<a href="http://www.recipegirl.com/2011/11/02/kit-kat-birthday-cake-and-a-recipe-girl-cookbook-deal/" target="_blank"> Kit Kat Cake recipe </a>by Recipe Girl</strong>

  • White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/white-chocolate-peppermint-mm-cookies/" target="_blank">White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies recipe</a> by Two Peas and their Pod</strong>

  • Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Blondie Bars

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thedomesticrebel.com/2012/03/06/peanut-butter-pretzel-mm-blondie-bars/" target="_blank">Peanut Butter Pretzel M&M Blondie Bars recipe</a> by The Domestic Rebel</strong>

  • Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Pie

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.culinaryconcoctionsbypeabody.com/2010/04/04/sweetie-pie/" target="_blank">Peanut Butter M&M Cookie Pie recipe</a> by Culinary Concoctions by Peabody</strong>

  • Oatmeal M&M’s Cookies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://thedomesticrebel.com/2011/11/06/oatmeal-mms-cookies/" target="_blank">Oatmeal M&M’s Cookies recipe</a> by The Domestic Rebel</strong>

  • Cranberry M&M Blondies

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://passthesushi.com/cranberry-mm-blondies/" target="_blank">Cranberry M&M Blondies recipe</a> by Pass the Sushi</strong>