The Original M&M Cookie Recipe

I have been making and baking cookies with M&Ms for decades.

I discovered the recipe on the back of the M&M bag when I was a kid and have been making them ever since.

Basically, an M&M cookie is just chocolate chip cookie dough with M&Ms instead of chocolate chips, but somehow they seem a lot more fun and festive than regular chocolate chip cookies.

For years I baked these M&M cookies at Christmas using red and green M&Ms and everyone loved them.

Now that M&Ms are available in colors appropriate for most all the holidays - red and white at Valentine's Day, pastels at Easter - you can make this original M&M cookie recipe your go-to holiday cookie recipe using the holiday M&Ms appropriate to the season.

Original M&M Cookies

Original M&M Cookies

There are lots of different flavors to try to - think dark chocolate M&Ms, mint M&Ms, peanut butter M&Ms, just to name a few. You can also use smaller M&M baking bits that would work well in this cookie recipe.

Food fads come and go, but the timeless classics like this original recipe for M&M cookies is here to stay. Some things, like M&Ms, never go out of style!

Be sure to check out our M and M Cookie Recipe Roundup towards the bottom of the page.

Cookies made with butter will spread more and be crisper; those made with shortening will hold their shape better and stay softer. I like to use a combination of 1/2 butter and 1/2 shortening when baking my M&M cookies.

Original M&M Cookie Recipe

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter or shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups M&Ms (reserve 1/2 cup for decorating)
  1. Position one of your oven racks in the middle of your oven and preheat your oven to 375F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper for best results. Otherwise, use ungreased cookie sheets.
  2. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda until well blended.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter (or shortening) and sugars with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (This will take several minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is well blended.
  4. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until creamy.
  5. Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon just until blended.
  6. Stir in 1 1/2 cups M&Ms.
  7. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Press several additional M&Ms into each cookie.
  8. Bake one cookie sheet at a time in the middle rack of the oven for 9 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges and just set in the center.
  9. Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies with a thin metal spatula to a wire rack to cool completely.

This recipe yields about 5 dozen 2 1/2-inch Original M&M Cookies.

Looking for a quicker and easier M&M cookie recipe?
Here's a recipe for M&M Cake Mix Cookies.

M&M Graham Cracker Cookies
Here's a unique twist on a classic recipe that is made extra special with the addition of peanut butter and graham cracker crumbs!

M&M Graham Cookies

Original M&M Cookies

M&M Graham Cookie Recipe

  • 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter*
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (1 pound) plain M&M's
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or use ungreased sheets.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the egg, then add the vanilla and condensed milk.
  4. Mix in the peanut butter until well combined.
  5. In another bowl, stir together the flour, graham cracker crumbs, baking soda and salt.
  6. Gradually add the dry flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  7. Stir in the M&M's and chopped nuts.
  8. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets at least 1 inch apart.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Immediately transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

This recipe yields about 7 dozen M&M Graham Cookies.

* For best results reduced fat or generic peanut butter is not recommended in this recipe.

M&M Cream Cheese Cookies

M&M Cream Cheese Cookies

M&M Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups M&M's Mini Chocolate Baking Bits
  • Granulated sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or use lightly greased sheets.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Beat in the egg, orange zest and vanilla.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking soda.
  5. Gradually add the dry flour mixture to the creamed mixture and beat well.
  6. Stir in the M&M's Mini Baking Bits.
  7. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place at least 2 inches apart onto prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Slightly flatten cookies with bottom of a glass that has been dipped in sugar. (In order to get the sugar to stick to the glass, first dip the glass in some cookie dough to moisten it, then dip it in the sugar).
  9. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  10. Immediately transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

This recipe yields about 3 dozen M&M Cream Cheese Cookies.

M and M Cookie Recipe Roundup

M and M Cookie Recipe Roundup

If you're collecting M and M Cookie Recipes, we've gathered some of our favorites from around the web:

Big Soft M&M Cookies via Pinch of Yum

Big Soft M&M Cookies - image via Pinch of Yum

Big Soft M&M Cookies from Pinch of Yum
These cookies won't flatten out because of the extra flour. They're perfect for the soft cookie lover!

Giant M and M Cookies

Giant M and M Cookies - image via Joy of Baking

Giant M and M Cookies from Joy of Baking
This recipe will give you about 15 giant cookies with a perfect smattering of M&M's sitting right on top!

Soft M M Cookies Recipe

Soft M M Cookies Recipe - image via Averie Cooks

Soft M M Cookies Recipe from Averie Cooks
Averie's favorite - and very versatile - cookie dough, thanks to the additions of instant pudding mix and/or cornstarch (which are essentially the same thing).

Mini M and M Cookies

Mini M and M Cookies - image via Two Peas & Their Pod

Mini M and M Cookies from Two Peas & Their Pod
These colorful cookies bake up soft and sweet thanks to the M&M Mini's.

Easter M and M Cookies

Easter M and M Cookies- image via Chez CateyLou

Easter M and M Cookies from Chez CateyLou
Perfect for a spring time treat, these Easter M and M Cookies have a double dose of pastel M&M's - some are baked into the dough, while others are sprinkled on top!

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