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Pixel Art Cookies

Get creative with mini M&M's and use them to make pixel art on top of your favorite cookie!


  • ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1 tablespoon oil (light/neutral flavour such as canola, grapeseed, or light olive oil)
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1¼ to 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Mini M&M’s
  • Ganache
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 80ml thickened cream


  1. Ganache
  2. Add chocolate and cream into a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 20 seconds at a time, mixing each time until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside to set. Alternatively you may melt it using a double boiler. Fill a medium sized pot with 1/3 of the way with water. Bring to a boil. Place bowl with chocolate and cream over the top and gently mix until mixture is completely melted and smooth. To soften the ganache to spreading or piping consistency microwave for 10 seconds at a time, mixing each time with a large spatula until it reaches the right consistency.
  3. Cookies
  4. Cream the butter, oil, sugar, vanilla and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, just until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Add the egg and mix just until incorporated.  Mix in the cornstarch, cocoa powder and 1 1/4 cups of the flour. Continue adding flour until the dough gathers itself into a ball and pulls away cleanly from the sides of the bowl.  (You may not need all the flour.)
  6. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Roll the dough to a thickness of 3/8-inch, between two sheets of parchment paper. (Rolling pin rings will help you to achieve an even thickness.)  Cut shapes using a cookie cutter.  Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets for 9 to 12 minutes, or until the cookies look dry on the surface, and feel firm around the edges and set in the middle.  Cool completely, then decorate with royal icing.
  7. Spread about 1 tbsp of the set ganache on top of each cookie. Decorate with pixel inspired art. Jump on google and search for ‘PIXEL ART’ and that’ll give you loads of inspiration!