M&M Cookies are the perfect combination of chewy and soft, with a nice crunch from the added candy pieces. They are a great, easy-to-make addition to that holiday tray you’ve been putting off making.

M&M Cookies

These cookies are the best cookies you will try. Typically it’s hard to have that perfect consistency of chewy and soft. But, with this recipe you get the perfect result with almost no effort.

What makes these M&M Cookies special is that you can choose the colors of M&M’s to match the season or decorations. I chose red and green for Christmas. You may choose orange during the fall or use all the colors for kid’s birthdays, kids love colorful cookies.

M&M Cookies are great for the holidays because you can be super cute and only use red and green pieces for Christmas baking. Look at you being so festive! For Fall I always use orange and yellow pieces and for my boys’ birthdays, I’ll make cookies using their favorite colors. 

Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

Wanna be extra naughty? Add a cup of chocolate chips to the dough and satiate that extreme chocolate craving nagging at you. I love using this variation for my holiday trays, because, “Why not?” 

Cookies on a white napkin

How to Make the M&M Cookies

  • Whisk together butter with confectioners and brown sugar until fluffy.
  • To the mixture add in egg, vanilla and pinch of salt. Whisk to combine together.
  • Combine flour with baking soda and baking powder. Slowly add flour mixture to the mixing bowl.With this step start mixture on low speed otherwise flour can make a huge mess in your kitchen.
  • Add half of the M&M’s to the dough, leave the rest for the cookie tops.
  • To keep the cookie sizes consistent, use an ice cream scoop to form the cookies. Place them on a lined baking sheet.
  • Bake M&M cookies at 350 °F for 7-11 minutes, depending on the size. When cookies are warm they may look soft, but as they cool down they will begin to harden. Be careful not to over-bake them.

Tips for Making M&M Cookies

  • Add some extra M&Ms on top of the cookies before baking. This way you will have candies inside the cookies, as well as on top! 
  • Don’t over bake these cookies. They will turn out extra crispy and dry. 
  • Use room temperature butter to create smooth dough texture.
  • Bake cookies on a lined baking sheet to prevent them from sticking.

Storing M&M Cookies

Store completely cooled cookies in an airtight container on the counter. They will stay fresh for up to a week! 

Freezing M&M Cookie Dough

Want to freeze your dough for later use? Roll your dough into a log and wrap it in parchment paper. Place it in a Ziploc bag and freeze it for up to two months. When you are ready to use it, take a knife and slice the log into ½-inch thick pieces. 

Refrigerate M&M Cookie Dough 

Refrigerate your dough for later use by storing it in an airtight container in the fridge. Make sure to use it within 2-3 days. 

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Natalya Drozhzhin

Natalya founded Momsdish to demonstrate that placing a homemade meal on the table is not hard at all. Natalya makes cooking easier and approachable, by simplifying the ingredients, while still producing the same great taste.