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School Colors Brownies

School Colors Brownies

Cocoa brownies topped with colorful Mini M&Ms and melted chocolate. The brownie recipe is based on Alice Medrich's cocoa brownie recipe and it's great for making brownie cut-outs of any shape. After years of making this recipe, I can attest that the better quality the cocoa powder, the better the brownie.
Course Brownies
Cuisine American
Keyword Alice Medrich
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12
Author Cookie Madness


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (140 grams), softened
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (245 grams)
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder natural or Dutch-process
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cold large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (70 grams)
  • Mini M&Ms
  • 1 good quality dark chocolate bar chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 325. Line an 8 inch square metal baking pan with foil and grease the bottom only.
  • Combine the softened butter, sugar, cocoa and salt in a metal mixing bowl and set the bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Stir until butter melts and mixture is fairly smooth and the sugar has partially dissolved -- mixture will still be slightly grainy. Remove from heat and let it cool to warm.
  • Stir in the vanilla, then add the eggs one at a time and stir after each egg is added.
  • Add the flour and stir until it disappears, then beat vigorously for 40 strokes with a heavy duty scraper.
  • Spread mixture evenly in the pan and bake at 325 for about 25 minutes or until brownies appear set. Let cool completely, then chill thoroughly.
  • Time for the fun part! Lift the brownies from the pan and cut into shapes using metal cookie cutters or whatever type cutter you have.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave using 50% power and stirring often until it is melted and smooth. Spread a very thin layer of chocolate on top of each brownie, then pile on some M&Ms. Drizzle more chocolate over M&Ms. Let the brownies sit until chocolate sets. Do not chill after adding M&Ms as they will lose their luster.