Cafe Fernando Chocolate Chip Cookies

September 24th, 2007  | Category: Chocolate, Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Cafe Fernando received its first mention in the press last Friday. It is a short interview that appeared in Hürriyet (one of the highest circulated national newspapers in Turkey). After the interview, I received tons of emails and comments to my blog. Thanks to Hürriyet, I’ve gained lots of new readers…

So, how does a food blogger say “Thank you”?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

By sending a huge box of freshly baked Chocolate Chip Cookies, of course! But not just any chocolate chip cookie. These have M&M’s on top that read Cafe Fernando!


Thanks again guys, and Bon Appetit!

Cafe Fernando Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 8 oz. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 10 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chunks
  • 4 oz M&M chocolate


  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Mix flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-low speed until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the brown and granulated sugars, increase the speed to medium and beat until slightly fluffy, about 1 minute, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat in the vanilla, stopping the mixer occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. Reduce the speed to low, gradually add the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pan, spacing the cookies about 2 inches apart. Bake until golden brown, 10-11 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack, press 6-8 M&M chocolate chips onto the cookies and let the cookies cool on the pan. After 5 minutes, transfer them to the rack and let cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough. Makes 24 cookies.
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  1. 1 - Rose on September 24th, 2007

    Congratulations Cenk. I read the interview last Saturday through another blog. Although I didn’t understand a single thing, I was happy for you. Well done.
    So when will I get my box of cookies? Please!
    They are lovely.

  2. 2 - clumsy on September 24th, 2007

    Congratulations on your interview! Cookies make the best thank yous!

  3. 3 - Cenk on September 24th, 2007

    Rose, Clumsy – Thanks for the lovely comments!

  4. 4 - Nicisme on September 24th, 2007

    How exciting – Congratulations!
    And the cookies look fabulous!

  5. 5 - Mandy on September 24th, 2007

    congrats! Oh, and I love the lovely cookies. They are so pretty.

  6. 6 - fanny on September 24th, 2007

    yum yum
    chocolate chip cookies + m&ms

  7. 7 - Cenk on September 24th, 2007

    Nicisme, Mandy – Thank you!

    Fanny – Thanks for stopping by. I am a huge fan of your blog!

  8. 8 - Aysegul on September 24th, 2007

    Way cool Cenk & Congratulations!! Most definitely deserved praise! The cookies look delicioussss… Send them my way..


  9. 9 - Sylvia on September 24th, 2007

    How exciting !!!Congratulations.You deserve this,your blog is amazing and I read always.

  10. 10 - Anh on September 24th, 2007

    These are stunning! I just love them!

  11. 11 - JEP on September 24th, 2007

    I had personalized M&M’s made for my youngest grandson’s birthday party one year—very fun idea! I did not know they would actually print your blog’s name on them, tho

  12. 12 - YC on September 25th, 2007

    Congrats, Fernando! That is brilliant! 🙂

    I’m having trouble keeping up with my diet tho’ whenever I see all this food! 😉

  13. 13 - Cenk on September 25th, 2007

    Thank you all!!!

  14. 14 - Michele on September 25th, 2007

    Congratulations and those cookies are adorable!

  15. 15 - Sara, Ms. Adventures in Italy on September 25th, 2007

    Congrats on your mention! And I love your chocolate chip cookie marketing…I’m sure it will make waves! 🙂

  16. 16 - Nicole from: For the Love of Food on September 25th, 2007

    Where were you able to print on M&Ms??? Please let us know!

  17. 17 - Cenk on September 25th, 2007

    Hi Nicole – Details are in this post:

  18. 18 - Master of the Mansion on September 25th, 2007

    Food master, you owe huge bone to Ralph and cookies for me. Thanks and like Ayşe Arman said CONGRATULATIONS

  19. 19 - eni on September 25th, 2007

    muhteşem görünüyor..bir daha Hürriyet ilanı için tebrik ederim.hakkınızdır..

  20. 20 - Hillary on September 25th, 2007

    You are awesome. I never would have though to put M&Ms with words on them in cookies! Maybe I’ll make up “Thank You” M&Ms if I ever need a thank you gift and make these cookies! Congrats on the interview!

  21. 21 - fanny on September 25th, 2007

    good thing because i love your blog too

  22. 22 - Chocolate Chipped on September 25th, 2007

    Cenk–Those are adorable! I have to remember this idea. Congrats on the media attention–you totally deserve it!


  23. 23 - Cenk on September 26th, 2007

    Michele, Sara – Thank you!

    Master of the Mansion – Something bigger and better is coming to the Mansion soon.

    eni – Çok teşekkür ederim.

    Hillary – Glad you liked it. Thank you M&Ms would be much more practical. Also, shorter words print much better on them..

    fanny – Thank you! It means a lot…

    Chocolate Chipped – Thank you!

  24. 24 - Maryann on September 26th, 2007

    Love those m&ms with your name on them 🙂

  25. 25 - Rosa on September 26th, 2007

    That’s great, congratulations!
    Your cookies look wonderful and so cute!

  26. 26 - Tartelette on September 26th, 2007

    Congratulations! You deserve every bit of it!

  27. 27 - Yildiznaf on September 27th, 2007

    I was so proud of you that I gave your adress to my international friends, a few minutes ago. Then, I realized that I should have asked you first! Sorry about that :(…. But it was totally your mistake; you shouldn’t have made these delightful cookies….

  28. 28 - joey on September 27th, 2007

    Congratulations on your interview! You and your fantastic blog definitely deserve the press 🙂 And those M+M’s with your blog’s name on them are adorable! 🙂

  29. 29 - Laily on September 27th, 2007

    I can’t remember how I stumbled upon your blog (as it always happens with blogs..), but I fell in love with it. I love your photos… and your passion for baking. And Ralph is adorable. Well, you already know that of course.

    I know you lead a busy life, with all that baking and blogging 🙂 but would it be possible if we could get an English translation of the interview? I’d love to read it. Unfortunately, online translators are not very good and my Turkish is non-existant. Just English and Spanish. Perhaps a bit of French? Just enough to read a recipe.

    Warm, chocolaty-sweet regards from across the world.

  30. 30 - sarah on September 28th, 2007

    loooooooooooooooove the cookies and the personalized m&m’s!

    keep it up and congrats with the interview!

  31. 31 - Zeynep Seda on September 28th, 2007

    Cenk, congrats with the interview!! You totally deserve it! Keep up with the good work:)

  32. 32 - guler on September 28th, 2007

    I tried pastry cream you made before. I got wonderful texture creamy not pulpy.
    one question.what are you using for brown know in Turkey brown sugar texture is not the same with USA.I can’t catch the same taste and shape.I always use hershsey’s what do you suggest ?

  33. 33 - Özge on September 28th, 2007

    Hey Cenk!
    Congrats first of all, and I’ve got a request from you. I’ve been following your blog for a long time now and I can’t help having my mouth get all watered while looking at the pics! The problem though is that I’m diabetic and I need to watch the sugar and fat content of what I eat. Could you come up with some recipe for me? Pleaseee? Thanks a bunch (even if you can’t come up with a recipe 🙂 And congrats again!

  34. 34 - Valli on September 30th, 2007

    Congratulations on your recognition!!I love the M & M’s as well!!

  35. 35 - Cuteek on October 7th, 2007

    Oh wow! I so want to eat these up!

  36. 36 - Erin on December 2nd, 2007

    What a smart idea! Those personalized M&M’s are adorable. And the cookies look killer!

  37. 37 - Erika on March 12th, 2010

    Thats so awesome. Congratulations!!!!!!

  38. 38 - Nicole on December 1st, 2016

    Hello friend,greetings from California. I grew up in sonoma county witch is about 45 min north of SF!! So I have and still spent much time in our beloved city. I love these cookies. I saw this recipe and ran right in the kitchen to chop chocolate. Ok they are so good. Here is what
    I noticed. I cooked a batch. Right afTerm baking the dough. Yummers.Then
    I actually read on your blog about how you chilled the dough for 36 hours. Did that. Then I rolled them and baked. Yummers but the next batch I decided to flatten with a jar laced with sugar. Omg!! Yes yes yes. This was the method. They cooked evenly and light and crispy. The difference was amazing they were larger as well?? It was strange I rolled them all the same 2tbs. And once I flattened them they cooked larger. Not a bad thing to have more cookie. Lol thanks love for the Yummers recipe

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