M&M Cookies {Christmas Style}


M&M cookies were always one my favorites as a child (and still are today). They are basically a chocolate chip cookie enhanced with color and that delicious crunchy candy coating that covers those tasty little M&M’s. It’s funny I’m actually not a big fan of the plain milk chocolate M&M’s but I LOVE the minis version of them, I don’t know what it is. Cheap chocolate but when it’s made into tiny form how can it be resisted =)?

I don’t know what cookie Santa’s going to request at your home but I’m pretty sure he’s requested these from mine. If you are going to be a part of a cookie exchange this year, I would say these are definitely a great cookie choice to go with. It would be very hard to find someone who didn’t love these cookies, young and old alike. They have a perfectly chewy and soft center along with a very light crunch around the cookies edge, just the way a cookie is meant to be. They are thick, full of sweet vanilla flavor and of course loaded with that chocolate candy goodness. This recipe could also be used to make a chocolate chip cookies just swap out the M&M’s for a bag of chocolate chips. Enjoy!


M&M Cookies {Christmas Style}

5 from 3 votes

Yield: 2 1/2 dozen


  • 2 1/4 - 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (for a thicker cookie use 2 1/2)
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup salted butter , chilled and diced into cubes (about 1/2-inch)
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 (11 oz) bag M&M's (I used mini)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, blend together butter and sugar on low speed until it starts to come together then increase mixer to medium speed and whip until creamy, about 3 - 4 minutes. Mix in egg and egg yolk. Stir in vanilla. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combine (batter will be thick due to the chilled butter). Mix in M&M's (I set aside about 1/4 cup of the M&M's to lightly press into the tops of cookies before baking so they show through more, totally optional).
  3. Scoop dough out 2 Tbsp at a time and shape into a ball, transfer to a Silpat lined or buttered cookie sheet - fitting 8 per sheet. Bake in preheated oven 10 - 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  4. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy


  • Turmeric n Spice: looks so festive ! a fmly favorite November 28, 2012 at 6:20pm Reply

  • São Ribeiro: Ficaram lindas eu ia adorar esses cookies.
    bjs November 29, 2012 at 6:56am Reply

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious: So cute, so simple and so kid-friendly! November 29, 2012 at 7:54am Reply

  • Sweet Bibiane: Fantastic! :) :) November 29, 2012 at 8:57am Reply

  • Vera Wemmers: The cookies speak for themselves M M Mmmmmmmmmmm November 29, 2012 at 2:36pm Reply

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts: M&M Cookies are a tradition in my family. Yours looks perfect! November 29, 2012 at 7:58pm Reply

  • Loretta E.: The perfect cookie to have on a dessert table this Christmas! They look like they’re straight out of a store (except better-tasting). November 30, 2012 at 12:20pm Reply

  • Melissa: I’m going to make these right now! They look delicious! And I have to say your blog is super cute too! :)
    December 11, 2012 at 1:58pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Melissa! I hope you love these cookies! December 11, 2012 at 11:37pm Reply

  • Elizabeth Ann: I am thinking of using my red and green M&Ms left over from Christmas in these cookies! Thanks for the great recipe! December 30, 2012 at 10:05am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Your welcome Elizabeth, I hope you enjoy them! January 1, 2013 at 12:27am Reply

  • Julie: I have made this recipe several times and just loved it. Today, I made these with macadamia nuts and white chocolate chunks and HAD to come back to tell you that I highly recommend you try it if you never have. Everyone loved them and they look storebought. January 28, 2013 at 5:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks so much Julie for returning to leave a comment! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed them! The white chocolate macadamia nut version sounds delish. January 28, 2013 at 9:02pm Reply

  • Sylvia: A friend made an Easter version with pastel smarties last weekend, they were delicious and I can’t wait to make my own tonight April 5, 2013 at 3:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear you enjoyed these Sylvia, the smarties sounds like a fun twist! April 9, 2013 at 6:37pm Reply

  • Nancy Driscoll: I am going to make these for the 4th of July using the red-white & blue M&M’s. Can’t wait !!!!! June 30, 2013 at 6:52pm Reply

  • Katelyn: Hi, Jaclyn! I’ve just come across your blog and I must say that all of your recipes look divine!
    I have a quick question regarding these cookies. Why use chilled, cubed butter? Usually, with cookie recipes, you’re instructed to use softened butter. Just wondering what kind of difference it makes. :) Can’t wait to try these! Thanks so much! December 4, 2013 at 1:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: For less spread and a thicker cookie. I hope you love them! December 6, 2013 at 7:15pm Reply

  • 12 Days of Christmas Tradition: Day 9 – Christmas Goodies | fighting frazzled: […] year I made the following: 1. M&M Cookies 2. Peanut Butter Fudge 3. White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels 5. Holiday Popcorn 6. Hot Chocolate […] December 20, 2013 at 9:03am Reply

  • Holly: Love these cookies! Just finished making them and the look and taste great! Thanks for the wonderful Christmas cookie recipe! December 23, 2014 at 12:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked them Holly! Thanks for your feedback! December 23, 2014 at 3:19pm Reply

  • Megan: Made this today to give as gifts and they turned out perfect. Followed the recipe to the T, except I stick my sheet of dough balls in the freezer for 20 minutes before baking for a thicker, chewier cookie. December 24, 2014 at 9:28am Reply

  • Michile: I wonder if I can use this recipe to make a chocolate sugar cookies. If so what I increased the butter December 9, 2015 at 5:35pm Reply

  • Michelle: I just made these cookies, and they taste great and look adorable. December 13, 2015 at 11:56am Reply

  • Dana Jensen: Amazing! My kids asked for more as soon as they were gone. January 1, 2018 at 2:05pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Always a success when the kids are happy! January 4, 2018 at 12:07pm Reply

  • Lori: OMG!!! These are the best cookies EVER!
    I had a recipe for M&M cookies that called for fructose which I can not find anymore. So I went looking for a new recipe and found Fabulous! Absolutely Great! January 2, 2018 at 11:43am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Lori! January 4, 2018 at 12:42pm Reply

      • Lori: Jaclyn, I tried the same recipe but used chocolate chips and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts instead of M&Ms. In hindsight, perhaps I should have also added a little more butter because they did not turn out as well as the original recipe. They also did not flatten out much while baking. What are your thoughts on this? January 6, 2018 at 1:08pm Reply

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