The Original M&M Cookies 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 M&M cookie recipe is here to stay. Some things, like M&Ms, never go out of style!

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 Cookies 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.

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