Homemade M&M Cookies are a favorite for any age with a glass of cold milk. Brown sugar gives them a satisfying chewiness, and the M&M’s candy coating provides a pleasant crunch.

Cookies baked from scratch always taste so much better than store-bought and these cookies are such a colorful, fun change of pace from the usual chocolate chip or sugar cookies. You’ll love how easy these are to make and freeze.

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How to Make M&M Cookies

These M&M cookies are not thick, they’re a little bit of a thinner cookie but super soft, chewy and yummy. Perfection in our opinion!

This is great recipe introduce kids to baking.

  1. Cream softened butter with white and brown sugar first (per recipe below). Mix the egg into the sugar mixture.
  2. Combine dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture a little at a time.
  3. Bake until lightly browned.

The dough will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days, or in the freezer for 3 months. Form into a 2-3-inch log and tightly wrap in two or three layers of plastic, or in one layer inside a freezer bag. Whenever you want, warm from the oven cookies, just slice into ½-inch discs and bake until browned and fragrant.

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Can You Freeze M&M Cookies?

This recipe is perfect for make-ahead convenience. Consider doubling the recipe so you’ll have a stash of these put away for unexpected guests or school parties that pop up suddenly. These fabulous cookies will keep for 3 – 4 months in the freezer packed in bags or containers. They thaw in 1 – 2 minutes.

Other Delicious Add-Ins

My M&M cookies are versatile and accommodating to many yummy additions and substitutions Here are some ideas to spark your creativity:

  • Chocolate: Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chips
  • Chips: Peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips
  • Nuts: Chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds

Whether you stick to the original recipe or play around with ingredients, M&M cookies are a reliable, ever-popular treat.

Delicious Cookie Recipes

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Easy M&M Cookies

Homemade M&M Cookies are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, especially when these chocolaty treats are served with a glass of cold milk.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup M&Ms


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Cream butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and white sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and mix well.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and add to the butter mixture a bit at a time, mixing after each addition.
  • Fold in M&Ms and drop by heaping tablespoons onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes.
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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 216 | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 224mg | Potassium: 33mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 276IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American

Recipe Adapted Terpsma, Taryn. “Smartie Cookies”. Recipe. Cooking with Class. Beaumont, AB, 2011. 83. Print.

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  1. Yumm! These are soft in the middle and delicious. Surprisingly not as sweet as I thought they would be, which I personally like. Cooked 10 minutes.5 stars

  2. I made this for the first time day for my Mom who loves M&M’s and who is just recovering from surgery. She loved them and so did I. They turned out nice and chewy. The recipe was easy to follow.

  3. Baking time will vary depending on how big you make the cookies, keep in mind that the butter and the M&M’s will both flatten the cookies out a bit. Easy enough to make with kids or grandkids (-:4 stars

  4. I followed the recipe exactly and used the cookies scoop and parchment paper. I baked them in a 375° oven for 12 minutes and they turned out perfectly. The only thing I would add is it called for one cup of M&M’s and I think I should have added an extra quarter cup of M&Ms. Thanks for the recipe! 5 stars

  5. The cookies looked great! The consistency of the dough was perfect. However, these did not seem sugary enough. The cookie was pretty bland and I am someone who does not like super sugary desserts. Also, I needed to bake these about 13 minutes before they were done.3 stars

  6. Delicious! Perfectly soft and chewy. I add a little variety by splitting the dough in half and adding M&M’s to one half and mini chocolate chips to the other. This is our new favorite cookie recipe!5 stars