M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

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4.50 from 2 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Chill time: 3 hours
Total: 21 minutes

These Soft and Chewy M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies are an easy cookie recipe that is sure to satisfy your chocolate craving. Take your chocolate chip cookies to the next level by adding fun candies, that make them extra chocolaty and so colorful.

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies surrounded by candies.

The M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies are always a hit. They have so much flavor and are beautiful to look at. The best part is that you can use different color combinations for any holiday and also use different flavors of the coated candies.

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What We Love About This Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies Recipe

  • 30 Minute Treat: These delectable cookies only take a half hour to create.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge and nothing complicated in this simple recipe.
  • Family Friendly: They are fun for kids to help make and everyone loves to eat these chewy cookies.
  • Adaptable: Can make these M&M chocolate chip cookies in so many different flavors.
A stack of cookies with milk in the background.

Ingredient Notes

  • Unsalted Butter: This recipe takes room temperature unsalted butter.
  • Egg: Always a large room temperature egg.
  • Brown Sugar: Packed, light brown sugar.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract: A good quality extract.
  • M&Ms: Use mini M&M’s, holiday M&M’s etc.
Flour, butter, candies, eggs and vanilla for the treat.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Different Flavors – Try peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips or even a sugar free chip for these cookies.

How to Make M & M Chocolate Cookies 

These are the basic steps for making easy m&m cookies. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions. Find more on Pinterest and Facebook.

Mixing the dough and placing the cookies on a tray with a cookie scoop.

STEP 1: DOUGH

First, in a large mixing bowl cream the butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium until creamed. If using a stand mixer use paddle attachment on medium-high speed. Add the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined. Scrap down the sides of the bowl of a stand mixer so everything is well combined. Lastly, stir in the M&M’s and chocolate chips.

STEP 2: SCOOP

Next, using a larger cookie scoop or your hands, form 12 equal-sized dough balls of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Place balls of uncooked dough on a large tray then cover with plastic wrap. Chill dough in fridge for 3 hours.

STEP 3: OVEN

Then preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat. Place dough in balls on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 to 11 minutes.

STEP 4: COOL

Finally, Even if cookies appear slightly undercooked in the center remove them from the oven. The cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet. Then transfer to a wire rack,

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

Uncooked dough will keep in a tightly sealed container for five days

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Cookies will keep in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to one week or frozen up to six months.

HOW TO FREEZE THIS RECIPE

Place in the freezer in an airtight container for up to three months.

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE HEALTHIER?

You can make these cookies with sugar free chocolate chips and coated candies such as these.

CAN I SUBSTITUTEDIFFERENT CHIPS?

Of course, try using milk chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips or even peanut butter chips.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED?

Indeed, this recipe is great for holidays such as easter, valentine’s day or birthdays. Of course they are great for Christmas using red and green M&M’s.

A close up on the cookie with the candies in it.

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

  • Add Nuts: Try using a tsp or two of pecans, walnuts or almonds in these soft and chewy cookies.
  • Tip: After you have rolled the dough into balls go back with a few extra M&Ms and Chocolate chips and place them around the outside, Then when the cookies settle in the oven they will remain visible. This gives your cookies almost bakery style look.
  • Baking: Even if cookies appear slightly undercooked in the center remove them from the oven. The cookies firm up as they cool.
  • Different M&M’s: Try crispy, peanut butter, or caramel or other great flavors. Use different colors for different holidays such as pink and white for valentine’s day or pastels for Easter.

What to Serve with M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

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M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies surrounded by candies.
4.50 from 2 votes

M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 12 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Chill time: 3 hours
Total: 21 minutes
These Soft and Chewy Loaded M&M Cookies are an easy cookie recipe that is sure to satisfy your chocolate craving.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix, unprepared
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup M&Ms, plus additional for adding to tops
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus additional for adding to tops

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium until creamed. This should take 3-4 minutes.
  • If using a stand mixer use paddle attachment on medium-high speed.
  • Add the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined. (This should take about 1 minute)
  • Using a larger cookie scoop or your hands, form 12 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. 
  • Place balls of uncooked dough on a large tray then cover with plastic wrap
  • Chill dough in fridge for 3 hours. Do not skip this step. Unchilled dough will fall flat in the oven.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • Place dough in balls on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart. Bake for about 10 to 11 minutes.
  • Edges should be firm and tops should be just set.
  • Even if cookies appear slightly undercooked in the center remove them from the oven. The cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to completely cool on cookie sheet.
  • Cookies will keep in a tightly sealed container at room temperature for up to one week or frozen up to six months.
  • Uncooked dough will keep in a tightly sealed container for five days or frozen for three months.

Expert Tips

  • Add Nuts: Try using a tsp or two of pecans, walnuts or almonds in these soft and chewy cookies.
  • Tip: After you have rolled the dough into balls go back with a few extra M&Ms and Chocolate chips and place them around the outside, Then when the cookies settle in the oven they will remain visible. This gives your cookies almost bakery style look.
  • Baking: Even if cookies appear slightly undercooked in the center remove them from the oven. The cookies firm up as they cool.
  • Different M&M’s: Try crispy, peanut butter, or caramel or other great flavors. Use different colors for different holidays such as pink and white for valentine’s day or pastels for Easter.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 284kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies, cookie, M&Ms

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3 thoughts on “M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies”

  1. 4 stars
    The recipe is fantastic once you get it right. I’m no chef, so I was following along step by step and got to the part where they were going into the oven and realized that nowhere in the INSTRUCTION section does the recipe mention… oh, say “M&M’s” or “chocolate chips. Had to put my dough back into a big ball and redo the cookies. They turned out great once all the ingredients were accounted for.

    Reply
    • Eileen these cookies didn’t last long after these pictures were taken. We love to eat them with a big glass of milk but they’re great with hot chocolate too!

      Merry Christmas,
      Susanne

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