M&M Christmas Cookies Recipe - Cooking Classy (2024)

Published December 3, 2022. Updated November 15, 2023

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Homemade M&M Christmas Cookies – A soft and chewy cookie that’s much like a chocolate chip cookie but replaced with crisp-shelled, sweet, multi-colored M&M’s instead of chocolate chips. They are an absolute treat and so fun for people of all ages!

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Favorite M&M Cookie Recipe

These are my favorite cookie from childhood that always satisfies those cookie cravings!

They can be made with regular-sized M&M’s or mini M&M’s, milk chocolate or dark chocolate flavor, and the great part is that you can use any color. It’s fun to switch the M&M’s out with different colors to complement the latest holiday.

You’ll love that they’re perfectly sweet, deliciously buttery, generously sized, and have the perfect texture. Truly a highlight of any celebration or weekend!

This is a cookie that checks all the boxes. Temptingly tasty, fun, and festive. Plus, they’re easy to make!

What’s not to love?

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M&M Cookie Recipe Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Unsalted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg and egg yolk
  • Vanilla extract
  • M&M’s (milk chocolate or dark chocolate)

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How to Make M&M Christmas Cookies

  1. Whisk dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Mix butter and sugars: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until well blended.
  3. Add liquids: Mix in egg, then mix in egg yolk and vanilla extract.
  4. Blend mixtures: Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix just until combined. Then add half of the M&M’s (about 3/4 cup) and mix in.
  5. Scoop dough out 3 Tbsp at a time and shape into balls. Press in remaining M&M’s randomly around each dough ball.
  6. Transfer to a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or a large flat plate), cover and refrigerate 2 hours.
  7. During the last 15 minutes of chilling preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Transfer 10 dough balls to lined baking sheet, spacing 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven until done to desired liking, about 13 to 16 minutes.
  9. Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining cookie dough balls.

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Helpful Tips for the Best M and M Cookies

  • No need to whip butter and sugar until pale you just want to blend it for a chewy cookie that isn’t overly fluffy.
  • To keep cookies from over-spreading don’t skip chilling the cookie dough balls. And if at high altitude use the greater amount of flour listed (I’m at 5,000 ft and 2 1/2 cups works well for me).
  • A tip to keep them soft for a few days is to add a slice of bread to the storage container (just don’t place the slice directly atop any of the cookies or lay a piece of parchment beneath it). Crazy enough the moisture of the bread seems to transfer to the cookies and the bread goes stale.

Possible Christmas Cookie Variations

  • Add chocolate chips: White chocolate, milk chocolate, or dark chocolate.
  • Include multi-color jimmies sprinkles: I recommend adding some to the exterior (roll or press them in to stick before chilling).
  • Make cookies larger or smaller: Just adjust bake time accordingly. Even bite size cookies with mini M&M’s would be so fun (smaller shouldn’t need much chill time).
  • Add nuts: Mix in 1 cups chopped walnuts or pecans when adding M&M’s.

Make Ahead and Storage

  • Cookie dough can be made up to 3 months in advance and frozen, or refrigerated for 3 days.
  • Baked cookies can also be frozen, up to 2 months.
  • Store fresh baked cookies in an airtight container up to 4 days max.

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More Tempting Christmas Cookies to Try

  • Bite Size Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
  • No Bake Cookies
  • Red Velvet Cookies
  • Sugar Cookies

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A soft, chewy, buttery cookie that's much like a chocolate chip cookie but replaced with crisp shelled, sweet, multi-colored M&M's instead of chocolate chips. They are an absolute treat and so fun for people of all ages!

Servings: 20

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar on low speed until well blended. Scrape down bowl.

  • Mix in egg, then mix in egg yolk and vanilla extract. Scrape down bowl.

  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture and mix just until combined. Then add half of the M&M's (3/4 cup) and mix in.

  • Scoop dough out 3 Tbsp at a time and shape into balls (I recommend a #20 cookie scoop). Press remaining M&M's (3/4 cup) randomly around each dough ball.

  • Transfer to a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper (or a large flat plate), cover and refrigerate 2 hours.

  • During the last 15 minutes of chilling preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two 18 by 13-inch baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Transfer 10 dough balls to lined baking sheet, spacing 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven until done to desired liking, about 13 to 16 minutes (they should appear slightly puffed and under-baked).

  • Let cool on baking sheet 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Repeat with remaining cookie dough balls.

Notes

*If you are at high altitude or if your cookies are normally prone to spreading use 2 1/2 cups (354g) all-purpose flour.

Nutrition Facts

M&M Cookies Recipe

Amount Per Serving

Calories 277Calories from Fat 117

% Daily Value*

Fat 13g20%

Saturated Fat 8g50%

Trans Fat 0.4g

Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g

Monounsaturated Fat 3g

Cholesterol 45mg15%

Sodium 146mg6%

Potassium 39mg1%

Carbohydrates 37g12%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 24g27%

Protein 3g6%

Vitamin A 341IU7%

Vitamin C 0.1mg0%

Calcium 33mg3%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: m and m cookies, m&m cookie recipe, M&M Cookies

Author: Jaclyn

Categorized:

  • Christmas
  • Cookies
  • Desserts

Tagged:

  • brown sugar
  • butter
  • chocolate
  • egg yolk
  • eggs
  • flour
  • granulated sugar
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract

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10 Comments

  • Patricia A Smith

    Ugly, but tasted really good. I did have the correct size scoop but they spread so much I couldn’t use the method to bring the sides in. I might try using a little less butter next time and a bit less sugar. My hubby says make them the same way!

  • Joanne Nokes

    Made these exactly as directed tonight for a potluck and they were literally all eaten!! These were great and I will make again.

    • Jaclyn

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      I’m happy to hear that Joanne! Thanks for your review!

  • Brooke

    So good!:)

    • Jaclyn

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      I’m so glad you liked them!

  • Tina

    I’ve given this recipe 2 stars due to baking issues. The author states 13-16 minutes but 13 minutes was entirely too long. They turned out pretty hard and they all ended up in the trash. My cookie scoop I think is smaller than the #20 recommended because I ended up with almost 39 cookies as opposed to 20. You should mention that smaller cookies require less time. I’m sure that’s common sense to people that bake a lot but for those of us who don’t bake too often it would be great to let us know this.

    • Jaclyn

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      I’m sorry this happened. That’s why I listed the amount of the scoop, I recommend before each recipe if you don’t know the size of the scoop you’re using simply fill it with the TBSP listed of water to check then dry it before using. It’s noted smaller cookies can be made but bake time would need to be decreased. Sorry they didn’t turn out!

      • Tina

        No worries. Tried them again and the bake was better at 10 minutes but going to try 3/4 cup butter next time. They were still a little Greasy. Maybe that will help. All in all though much better.

  • Terry

    Can I use SR flour instead of AP and not use the baking powder and baking soda?

    • Jaclyn

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      I don’t recommend self rising flour here which includes baking powder because cookies would end up coming out more cakey rather than chewy.

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