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M&M Cookies

These fun and M&M Cookies are soft and moist with a rich chocolatey flavor and pop of rainbow candy color. They are easy to make and loved by both kids and adults!

Bites taken out of candy cookies.

Soft M&M Cookies Recipe

Who doesn’t love the taste of M&M’s? This classic chocolate candy is a favorite among many and adding them to cookies just takes them to the next level. The colorful candy coating is not only pretty to look at, but it also adds a fun crunch with each bite!

These cookies have a texture that is similar to a bakery-style cookie. They are thick and dense with a melt-in-your-mouth texture that will keep you coming back for more.

The simple cookie dough is made with both brown and white sugar along with a hint of corn starch to get it just right. Fold in colorful M&M’s and you’ve got a cookie that’s a hit for any occasion!

Whether you are making them for a holiday, birthday, or just because, these M&M cookies are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them. So, let’s get baking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The ingredients are simple and can be found in any grocery store.
  • The texture is soft, moist, and dense making a bakery-style cookie right at home.
  • The colorful addition of M&M’s adds a fun color and chocolatey crunch.
  • Change up the color of the candy to match any occasion.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Unsalted Butter – Used as the fat in this cookie recipe, butter gives the base of the cookie a rich taste and moist texture.
  • White & Brown Sugar – The combination of these two sugars gives the cookie a sweet flavor along with a perfect texture.
  • Vanilla Extract – Adds a warming hint of vanilla flavor to the cookies.
  • Egg – Binds all of the ingredients together and helps them set as they bake.
  • All-Purpose Flour – Adds structure to the cookies and mixes well with the rest of the ingredients.
  • Baking Soda – Helps the cookies rise just slightly.
  • Cornstarch – helps the texture of the cookies be soft and moist.
  • Salt – Balances out the sweetness of the cookies.
  • Plain M&M’s – Of course, these are the key ingredient! You can use any color or flavor of M&M’s that you like. We used plain chocolate M&M’s in this recipe.

How To Make Cookies with M&M’s

  1. Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together: In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat on low speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla until combined. Set aside.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients: In a separate medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt until fully combined.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients: Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or an electric mixer on low speed, mix until ingredients are almost combined, a few flour streaks here and there are fine.
  5. Fold in the candy and chill: Fold in the M&Ms until evenly distributed, Then, transfer the dough to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  6. Bake the cookies: After the dough has been chilled, scoop 2 tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet and space each at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies begin to set around the edges and appear soft in the center.
  7. Cool and serve: Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy slightly warm or at room temperature.
Collage showing how to make M&M cookies.

M&M Cookies Tips

  1. When mixing the wet and dry ingredients together, be sure to not overwork the dough as this will result in tough cookies.
  2. The dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for 2-4 days. Just scoop and bake as desired.
  3. It’s important to make sure you chill the dough for at least 30 minutes as this will help prevent the cookies from spreading too much while baking.
  4. To keep the cookies soft and moist, do not overbake. The cookies are done when they are just set around the edges and appear soft in the center.
  5. A medium-sized cookie scoop, similar to Pampered Chef brand, is a great option for scooping these cookies.

Variations

  • Add peanut butter, butterscotch, or chocolate chips along with the M&M’s to make them extra sweet.
  • Dress them up for a birthday party by adding your favorite sprinkles to the cookie dough.
  • Add a nutty crunch by folding in your favorite chopped nuts including almonds, walnuts, or pecans.
  • Use mint M&M’s and add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to the dough for festive holiday cookies.
Top down view of a plate of cookies.

Storing and Freezing

Storing: These cookies are best enjoyed within a few days but can be stored in an airtight container on the countertop for 5-6 days.

Freezing: M&M cookie dough can also be frozen! Freeze the cookie dough by scooping it onto a baking sheet and then transferring it to the freezer. Once frozen, place the cookies in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for up to two months. When ready to bake, remove from the freezer and bake as directed. You may need to add an extra minute or two to the baking time since they will be frozen.

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Stack of M&M cookies on parchment.

M&M Cookies

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Chill and Cool Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
Servings: 14 Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup plain M&Ms

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F, and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to combine butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar. Beat on low speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes. 
    8 tablespoons unsalted butter
    ½ cup granulated sugar
    ¼ cup brown sugar
  • Add the egg and vanilla until combined. Set aside.
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 large egg
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
    1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon cornstarch
    ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Mix until ingredients are almost combined, a few flour streaks here and there are fine.
  • Stir in the M&Ms, and transfer the dough to the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
    ¾ cup plain M&Ms
  • Scoop 2 tablespoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheet and space each at least 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies begin to set around the edges and appear soft in the center. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Enjoy slightly warm or at room temperature. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 cookie. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.
 
*Photos courtesy of The Yummy Bowl.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 185mg | Potassium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 242IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
Recipe Rating




Beverly Vargo

Friday 16th of September 2022

I used your M&M cookie recipe to make some cookies for my husband. I mixed up the recipe and he wanted oatmeal cookies. Should I have used the flour and oatmeal together or used the oatmeal in place of flour? The recipe was great but I didn’t like texture when I tasted them. My husband liked them. Tell me what I did wrong?

John

Saturday 17th of September 2022

Good Morning Beverly, thank you for commenting. I don't think you did anything wrong. It sounds like you just got confused on the recipe that you wanted to make. Which, is understandable, we have a lot of recipes lol. I wouldn't add oats to these M&M cookies because, we have a few recipes developed for the use of flour and oatmeal. So, the next time you want to make oatmeal style cookies, try one of recipe links below:

https://www.berlyskitchen.com/homemade-monster-cookies-recipe/ (these have oats and M&M's) https://www.berlyskitchen.com/easy-oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies/ (these have oats and chocolate chips) https://www.berlyskitchen.com/spiced-iced-oatmeal-cookies/ (simple oatmeal cookies with icing)

Lois. O

Sunday 15th of October 2017

I really enjoy M&M cookies! I am looking all over the place for fall covered M&Ms though, any recommendations on where to find them? I want to make this recipe for an office bake sale.

John

Monday 16th of October 2017

Thank you, Lois! We got them at our local Publix grocery store. I ran a quick search on Google and it looks like they are available at Walmart and Target. as well. I hope you locate them. Have a lovely Monday :)

Jessica Pinney

Sunday 15th of October 2017

These remind me of the M&M cookies my mom used to make and slip in my school lunch. I was always thrilled to see them! Can't wait to give this recipe a try.

Lois. O

Sunday 15th of October 2017

I really enjoy M&M cookies! I am looking all over the place for fall covered M&Ms though, any recommendations on where to find them? I want to make this recipe for an office bake sale.

Ashima

Sunday 15th of October 2017

I am visiting my sister right now and when my 5 year nephew looked over my screen, seeing this recipe he was all drooling! Except that he wanted some green and purple M&Ms. Fall is not really a thing here in India but I am soon gonna try these cookies with my niece and nephew. Looks like a perfect recipe to make with kids :-)

Thanks for sharing

John

Sunday 15th of October 2017

Thank you, Ashima! I'm glad your nephew wants to try the cookies. Kim and I hope your niece and nephew enjoy them. Have a lovely day :)