M&M Cookies

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M&M Cookies-Everyone’s favorite chocolate candy brightens up these soft and chewy cookies! Kids and adults go crazy for these M&M Cookies! They are the BEST!

M&M Cookies

Best M&M Cookies

M&M Cookies have always been one of my favorite cookies to bake and eat! They are just SO fun! The colorful chocolate candies put a really fun twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie. The cookies are soft, chewy, and dotted with bright M&M’s. Kids and adults go crazy for these cookies! The rainbow of colors always wins people over and then they take a bite and they are 100% sold! These are the BEST M&M cookies!

What Kind of M&M’s to Use

For this M&M Cookie recipe, I like to use plain milk chocolate M&M’s. You can’t go wrong with a classic! If you want to mix things up you can use dark chocolate, peanut butter, crispy, mint, or any other of their fun flavors. I just prefer the classic.

If you are making the M&M Cookies for a holiday or game day, you can color coordinate your M&M’s with the holiday or your team colors! You can special order colors online or if you have patience, you can pick through bags of M&M’s to get the colors you need, a good job for the kids..ha! And if you want to add in chocolate chips WITH the M&M’s you can, but I use all M&M’s for this M&M cookie recipe so the M&M’s are the star!

M and M Cookies

How to Make M&M Cookies

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  • Using a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars together for about 1 minute. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add in dry ingredients. Gently stir in the M&M’s, being careful not to break too many of the candy shells!
  • Form the cookie dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet 2 inches apart.
  • Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. You can also gently press extra M&M’s on top of the cookies to make them extra pretty. 
  • Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.

Secret to Soft M&M Cookies

Psst! It’s the cornstarch! Cornstarch is often used to thicken sauces or soups, and it can also be used in cookie dough to keep cookies super soft. The addition of cornstarch makes for a fluffy, soft cookie that is completely irresistible. Don’t skip the cornstarch for the ultimate soft M&M cookie!

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Can I Chill the Dough?

YES! This is one of the tricks that seasoned cookie bakers know well. Chilling your cookie dough helps it hold that perfect cookie shape while baking instead of spreading out on the pan. This makes for a chewier, picture-perfect cookie!

How to Store M&M Cookies

Once cooled completely, you can store M&M Cookies in an airtight container on the counter for 3 to 5 days. Refrigerating will dry them out, so I recommend room temperature storage! If you want to keep the cookies super soft, you can put a slice of bread in the container with the cookies. The piece of bread will get hard, but the cookies will stay soft! Cool, huh?

Can You Freeze M&M Cookies?

If you’re thinking of freezing some of these (smart!), you can do it two ways. If you’d like to freeze before baking, you’ll want to scoop the dough into balls, then place them in a freezer-safe container. Now you’re ready for freshly-baked cookies at a moment’s notice! To freeze cookies after baking, let them cool completely and then stack in a freezer-safe container and freeze up to 3 months.

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Best M&M Cookies

M&M Cookies

M&M Cookies-Everyone's favorite chocolate candy brightens up these soft and chewy cookies! Kids and adults go crazy for these M&M Cookies! They are the BEST! 

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Cuisine
American
Servings
32

Ingredients

  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups M&M chocolate candies
  • Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling on cookies
  • Extra M&M’s, for pressing into cookies, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer, cream butter and sugars together for about 1 minute. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined. With the mixer on low, slowly add in the dry ingredients. Stir in the M&M’s.
  4. Form the cookie dough into balls, about 2 tablespoons of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Note-you can chill the dough for 30 minutes or up to 72 hours in the fridge before baking.

  5. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are slightly golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with flaky sea salt. You can also gently press extra M&M’s on top of the cookies to make them extra pretty. Let cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.
Nutrition Facts
M&M Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 219 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 174mg7%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  1. Thank you for sharing this at this time. I am planning my son’s Eagle Court of Honor and I had red, white, and blue M&Ms shipped to me so that I could make cookies like these. Now I don’t have to go looking for a recipe!!

  2. Love M&M cookies. Question for you-how do you prevent the M&M color from bleeding into the dough while baking? Whenever I make M&M cookies, the colors stain the dough as they ease into their final spot in the cookie while baking in the oven.

    1. It happens sometimes. Don’t over mix the candies into the dough. I also gently press new M&M’s onto the cookies when they come out of the oven to make them super pretty:)

  3. I don’t have sea salt… can you use regular salt? Does it change the flavor? All I have is Morton salt and I also have Morton coarse kosher salt. I’m not really knowledgeable about the difference in salts. Thanks for your help! I really want to make these cookies…they look so yummy!


  4. My 7-year-old nephew requested m&m cookies for his birthday. These cookies out perfect! They were a huge hit with him, his friends, and all the grownups, too! I did refrigerate my dough for an hour and the cookies were thicker than those in your picture, but that’s what I wanted. I also did one cup m&m’s and one cup chocolate chips for some variety. This recipe is definitely going to be one of my regulars!

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