White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

By Maria Lichty

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All of the special holiday treats are in the stores and I’m having too much fun baking. I made Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies earlier this week and now I give you White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies.

I found the White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s at Target, the store that makes me buy more than what’s on my list. I think Target has little invisible fairies that add things to my cart. When I get to the cash register I am always surprised by what’s in my cart. I am too embarrassed to take things back, so I always buy what the fairies put in my cart. I am glad they put White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s into my cart because they made some very tasty and festive cookies.

The M&M’s are good on their own, but even better in cookie form. Isn’t everything better in cookie form? 🙂 I added crushed candy canes and white chocolate chips to the cookie dough too. These cookies are loaded with holiday cheer!

The cookies are soft with a slight refreshing crunch from the candy canes. The White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s add a big pop of color and are the stars of the cookies. When Josh saw the cookies he thought I made University of Utah Cookies-his alma mater. Their colors are red and white, so I guess they could be Ute cookies, but they really are Christmas cookies.

If you are out shopping and see a bag of White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s, let the fairies sneak a bag or two into your cart. You will thank them later. Especially if you make these White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies. They are a great holiday treat!

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White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

Cookies with White Chocolate Peppermint M&M's, candy canes, and white chocolate chips. These cookies are festive and perfect for the holiday season!
4.34 from 6 votes



  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a large baking sheet with a Silpat baking mat or parchment paper and set aside.
  • 2. Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • 3. Cream butter and sugars together in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients. Stir in the white chocolate chips, candy canes, and M&M's.
  • 4. Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of dough on prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until cookies are golden around the edges, but still soft in the center. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire rack and cool completely.

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Oh goodness! I cant wait to get my hands on one of those bags of M&Ms! And now I want these cookies too

    1. Was your butter too warm? They have a slight crunch from the candy canes, but they shouldn’t be all crunch.

    1. Yes! You may want to reduce the amount of salt you use. It just depends if you like a kick of salt!

  2. I agree with Kristen. For some reason these cookies turned out too dry. 🙁 But I will give them another try and change some of the measurements next time.

  3. I followed the recipe to a T, and they did not come out flat like the picture shows. They were thick, and cakey, rather than flat and chewy. I used 2 1/2 cups of flour, and only used 1/4 t of baking soda. After I did that they came out just like your picture. They are wonderful cookies! Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  4. Hey two peas!

    I’ve made these cookies twice now, and can not for the life of me get them as thin and flat as yours look. I tried cutting back on flour a bit and that helped ever so slightly, but mine turn out puffy and raised, never falling flat and gooey. Any advice? I’ll keep making them until they look like yours, bc each batch keeps getting better! They’re so good.

    1. Hi Abby! Sorry you had trouble with the cookies. You can try reducing the flour to 2 1/2 cups. Hopefully that will help! I didn’t have a problem and I used 3 cups of flour.

  5. Made these this weekend – didn’t add the candy cane pieces to the cookies but the mint M&M’s and chocolate chips are awesome. Thanks for all the great recipies.

  6. These cookies sounded really yummy, however I am unable to find that variety of M & M’s anywhere. Checked major supermarkets and even the chain drug stores, which sometimes carry different items…but no luck.
    I live in New York State, so maybe it’s availabilty is only in certain regions of the country.
    Will keep looking. :-))

  7. @Dawn: I live in Nassau County, Long Island & was in Target today where they had 4 shelves full specifically of white chocolate peppermint M & M’s today (12/16/12). Of course I had to buy 2 bags, 1 for this recipe (which I can’t wait to make!) & 1 for just snacking on :). Hope this message helps & wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!!

  8. these look super yummy! thanks for posting 🙂
    do you know how long they will hold? and do you keep them refrigerated after baking or room temp? i’m just wondering because i plan on making a lot for my coworkers and i’m wondering how far in advance i can make them

  9. Just made these tonight! Love the mint white chocolate! I didn’t have candy canes and I did 1/2 cup each white and milk chocolate chips and they are delicious! Also, I only did 1 tsp vanilla because 1 tbsp seemed like a LOT and they still came out great! Awesome idea!

  10. These were kinda dry, but very tasty! I will next time only use 2 1/2 cups of flour! But thank you for the delicious recipe!

  11. I made these cookies and loved them! Can’t wait to blog all about these tasty cookies! Thanks for another creative recipe!

  12. Made these when you posted & they are super tasty. Those peppermint M & M’s are magical & so festive looking. Thanks for sharing!

  13. I made these last week and they were outstanding! I actually only put the M & Ms in and left out the candy canes and white chocolate chips because I thought they’d be too rich for me. I have to say they were fantastic with just the white chocolate peppermint M & Ms. Thank you for this yummy recipe. I hope white chocolate peppermint M & Ms are back again next holiday season! I am making another batch of these today to share with family tomorrow.

    Merry Christmas!

  14. Made these for the 1st time today. WOW!!!! Sooooo good!!!!! I did cut the flour down to 2 1/2cups just from reading all the reviews. They came out perfect. Just FYI, you MUST use parchment paper with these. My first batch was directly on the cookie pan & the little bits of candy cane made the cookies stick so bad to the sheet. Used parchment from then on. I made 5 cookies this year & this one got the #1 vote from my family today. This will definitely be an annual Christmas cookie for me!!!!!

  15. I tried to make these but they did not turn out! they melted to the sides and the candy fell into the middle! I know I used the correct amount of butter but it seemed like there was way too much. I used a nonstick cookie tray. Was that the problem? Or was my flour bad? confused

  16. I made these (without white chocolate chips) and they turned out great. This holiday baking season, I learned that soft room temp butter is definitely key when baking cookies! I didn’t love the peppermint M&Ms on their own, but they are just fantastic in these cookies!

  17. I made these a few weeks ago for a cookie swap and they were a big hit. I wish I had read all of the blog post so that I would have known to find the candy at Target. i saw the cookies and went straight for the recipe. After looking at several stores I told my mom that Target probably had them and sure nuff they did. Thanks for the great recipe!

  18. Just made these and they are delicious!! I didn’t add the M&M’s though because 1. I’m not fond of M&M’s in my cookies and 2. I didn’t want to drive around town looking for them. Still, the cookies came out very good. I only put in 1 teaspoon of vanilla because I thought 1 tablespoon was a lot. 🙂 Is it really supposed to be 1 tablespoon?

  19. Thank you for the recipe. My son is allergic to regular chocolate but can eat white
    chocolate. When I saw the white chocolate m&m’s I was planning on making cookies with them. I was not really sure how I was going to make them till I saw your recipe.
    Thanks again.

  20. I don’t usually comment on blogs (even though I should b/c I use all of my recipes from them) but these cookies were AMAZING! I did only 2 1/2 cups of flour…baked for the 10 minutes. So soft & delicious. My Mom said they were her “new favorite cookie” & I’m bringing them in for the office tomorrow. THANK YOU!

  21. Just made these today with milk choc chips instead of white and yummmm. I used less flour right off the bat and they turned out great! Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Oops i forgot to add that my target is always out of those m&ms but i found Mint ones at walmart and paired them with milk choc chips and the crushed candy canes and very delish!

  23. Going to try these right now. Target had them 70% off .95/ bag! If they turn out, I may have to go back for more!! I did buy 5 bags though and they had a ton left yet!

  24. I do a ton of baking so I was skeptical about 3 cups of flour in a drop cookie recipe. I have to agree with the comments that 3 cups is way too much. I followed the recipe EXACTLY as listed and my cookies looked nothing like those pictured. They were much drier and puffier and I’m quite disappointed. If I do make these again I will definitely use less flour.

  25. 3 stars
    These cookies taste great, I wouldnt have thought to do the candy canes and mint m & ms. However, like most other reviews said, its far too much flour and these cookies are more cake like instead of the pictures.

  26. 5 stars
    I’ve made these for years and they’re my favorite and a huge hit with anyone that tries them. Sadly the white chocolate peppermint M&M’s have been discontinued. Do you have any recommendations on what might be a comparable replacement?

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