Yes, we put cheesecake M&M’s inside a homemade cheesecake.

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Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with mini muffin liners. Prepare a box of brownie mix according to package directions. Fill each cup about halfway full, place an unwrapped Dove Caramel & Milk Chocolate candy in the center of each cup, then top with more batter until the cups are full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the edge of the brownies comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Let cool, then top with caramel frosting and sprinkle with sea salt. Makes about 24 brownies.
Grace Elkus

With February 14th just around the corner, there’s been no shortage of new Valentine's Day-inspired candies at our desks. From Ghirardelli’s new chocolates to a heart-shaped version of Reese’s iconic peanut butter egg, we tried every new candy we could get our hands on. After a very sweet taste test, we narrowed it down to three favorites: Dove Caramel & Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate Cheesecake M&Ms (available exclusively at Walmart), and Hershey’s White Cookie Cupcake Kisses.

But we didn’t stop there. Though we’d certainly never turn down a bag full of candy, there are few things we love more than a homemade baked good. Naturally, we combined the two to achieve the best of both worlds: Valentine’s Day candies tucked inside of decadent treats.

Grace Elkus

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with mini muffin liners. Prepare a box of brownie mix according to package directions. Fill each cup about halfway full, place an unwrapped Dove Caramel & Milk Chocolate candy in the center of each cup, then top with more batter until the cups are full. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the edge of the brownies comes out clean, 18-22 minutes. Let cool, then top with caramel frosting and sprinkle with sea salt. Makes about 24 brownies.

Grace Elkus

Beat 4 oz. room temperature cream cheese and ¼ cup granulated sugar using an electric mixer on medium speed until very soft and creamy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add ½ cup sour cream, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat until smooth. Beat ½ cup heavy cream in a separate bowl until soft peaks form; fold into the cream cheese mixture. Fold in one 8 oz. bag White Chocolate Cheesecake M&Ms. Pour the filling into a store-bought graham cracker crust and chill until firm, at least 4 hours or overnight. Top with rainbow sprinkles.

Grace Elkus

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a mini muffin tin with cooking spray, or line with mini muffin liners. Prepare a box of Funfetti cake mix according to the package directions. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full. Bake until the tops are slightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool, then top with Funfetti frosting, a Hershey’s White Cookie Cupcake Kiss, and pink sprinkles. Makes about 40 mini cupcakes.