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These are the BEST M&M Cookies! Super soft, chewy, crispy edges and full of chocolate. These M&M cookies are a family favorite and taste like they came straight from a bakery!

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  • Ingredients
  • Quick Tips
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Make Ahead and Freezing

Soft & Chewy M&M Cookies

These chocolate chip M&M cookies are one of the best classic cookies out there!

  • Easy. This recipe comes together in 30 minutes in one bowl.
  • Full of chocolate. These cookies are filled with chocolate chips & M&M’s adding the perfect balance to this chewy cookie.
  • Variations. This dough also makes great and a ! Use holiday colors for .

Ingredients

Below are the ingredients need to make this easy M&M cookie recipe. Many of these ingredients are pantry staples that you already have on hand.

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  • Unsalted butter: I prefer to use unsalted to control the amount of salt.
  • Baking staples:Butter, sugar, flour, baking soda, salt and eggs.
  • Light brown sugar: I love mixing brown sugar into my cookies for the perfect flavor.
  • Vanilla: I like to use a pure vanilla extract to bring out the flavor.
  • Chocolate chips: Semi-sweet are my personal favorite for this recipe.
  • M&M’s: I prefer to use the regular m&m candies, unless there is a holiday coming up.

How To Make M&M Cookies

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  1. Using a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars for 1 minute in a large bowl using the paddle attachment. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix.
  2. Next add flour, baking soda and salt and whisk until combined. Fold in both chocolate chips and M&M’s to the flour mixture. Refrigerate dough for 15-30 minutes. By chilling the dough it helps them to not fall flat.
  3. Scoop cookie dough with large cookie scoop onto two baking sheets lined with baking mats or parchment paper, about 2 inches apart. Place extra M&M’s on top.
  4. Bake M&M cookies at 375°F for 8-10 minutes, until tops are barely golden. Let set on pan for 2 minutes, then move to cooling wire racks.

Quick Tips

Before you get started baking, check out my tips below. Follow these simple tricks and you’ll have the BEST M&M cookies in no time!

  • Refrigerate the dough, to help them stay thick and chewy.
  • Use a large cookie scoop to scoop dough onto baking sheet. This ensures the M&M cookies are all equal size.
  • Add extra M&M’s on top once the dough balls have been formed.
  • Bake at 375°F to get them crispy around the edges, yet keeping them soft inside.
  • Allow the M&M cookies to set on the pan for 2-3 minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use regular M&Ms for baking?

Yes you can use regular or mini baking m&m’s. They both work great!

How do M&M’s not melt when baking?

The outside shell prevents them from melting into the cookie.

Why are my M&M cookies flat?

You may have not added enough flour. If your dough is too sticky, add a couple Tablespoons more flour. To make them not flat you can also refrigerate the dough for 1 hour. The oven could also be too hot. If your oven runs hot, bump it down 15 degrees.

How to get perfect round cookies?

Immediately when the cookies come out of the oven use a round cookie cutter or round glass placed directly over the cookie and use a circular motion to bump the edges of the cookie into a round shape. Just a reminder that your cookies must be warm!

Make Ahead and Freezing

Yes, these M&M cookies freeze very well. You can either freeze the baked M&M cookies or freeze the cookie dough. If freezing baked cookies, simply let cool completely then add to ziptop bag or freezer container. Store in freezer for about 2-3 months.

If you’d rather freeze the M&M cookie dough, simply scoop out dough and add to your prepared baking sheet. Freeze for about 30 minutes, or until cookie dough balls have hardened. Then add to a ziptop bag and store in the freezer for about 2-3 months.

When ready to eat, add cookie dough balls to baking sheet while oven warms. The M&M cookies will most likely need to bake a few minutes longer than usual since the dough was frozen.

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M&M Cookie Recipe

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Author: Jamielyn Nye

These are the BEST M&M Cookies! Super soft, chewy, crispy edges and full of chocolate. These M&M cookies are a family favorite and taste like they came straight from a bakery!

Prep Time: 15 minutes mins

Cook Time: 10 minutes mins

Refrigerate: 15 minutes mins

Total Time: 40 minutes mins

Servings: 24

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter , just barely softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M’s , plus more for tops if desired

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream together the butter and sugars for 1 minute. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

  • Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir mix just until combined. Fold in the chocolate chips and M&M’s. Refrigerate dough for 15 to 60 minutes (up to 24 hours) if time allows.

  • Using a large cookie scoop (about 3 Tablespoons), scoop the cookie dough onto the baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Place extra M&M’s on the top of the cookies if desired.

  • Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until the edges are barely golden brown. Allow cookies to set on pan for 2 minutes, and then remove to a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

Storage:Store in a covered container up to 3 days. Freeze in a covered container up to 3 months.

Leftover dough:Form dough into balls and add to baking sheet. Place sheet in freezer until dough has hardened. Remove from freezer and add dough balls to freezer safe container or zip top bag. Store in freezer until ready to bake. Then place on the baking sheet 30 minutes before baking to soften.

Nutrition

Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 36mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 290IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1.1mg

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

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M&M cookies variations

We love to make different variations of these M&M cookies for all of the holidays. For some reason, the holiday M&M’s just taste better. IS IT JUST ME?! I feel like I’ve had a conversation about this with a few friends and we all agree.

We made these 4th of July cookies with red white and blue M&M’s and everyone loved them! You can also make holiday variations for Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween and . Sometimes I like to turn them into festive or even make a layered to give as a holiday gift!

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    • Sharon Baker
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    Great recipe. This is easy and my grandkid’s favorite cooks.

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    • Kim Hardesty

    Love this recipe – they turned out perfect! This will be my go-to cookie recipe from now on.

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    • Lanny
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    These turned out sooo good!! It’s easily the best cookie recipe I’ve ever tried. Perfectly soft and chewy, with slightly crisp edges, balanced flavor, and easy to make! My new favorite cookie recipe for sure :)

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      • I Heart Naptime Community

      I’m so glad you enjoy the cookies Lanny!

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    • L
    • BEST M&M Cookies Recipe (+ Video) - I Heart Naptime (12)

    Soooo good!! Easily the best cookie recipe I’ve ever made. Everyone loved these cookies. Perfectly soft and chewy with slightly crispy edge and perfectly balanced flavor!

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    • Anne Pascucci

    Mine ended up pretty puffy and not flat. Should I use less flour next time?

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      • Jamielyn Nye

      Yes, my guess is maybe there was too much flour scooped (I like to spoon and level the flour). You can also roll into balls and lightly press the balls down with your palm before baking.

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    • Linda
    • BEST M&M Cookies Recipe (+ Video) - I Heart Naptime (13)

    Best M&M cookies ever…though I baked them at 350 for 10 min…so soft..Making more now..everyone ate them😋

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    • Liz
    • BEST M&M Cookies Recipe (+ Video) - I Heart Naptime (14)

    These are perfect! I baked mine slightly longer than it said )11-12 minutes but otherwise kept the recipe as is. Going in my holiday baking rotation for sure!

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      • I Heart Naptime Community

      Hi Liz! I’m so glad you enjoyed the cookies :)

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    • Joseph Escalera

    Just love you cookies

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      • I Heart Naptime Community

      Thanks Joseph! I love them too :)

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    • Reagan C
    • BEST M&M Cookies Recipe (+ Video) - I Heart Naptime (15)

    This has been my go-to cookie recipe for years! I use it as my “base dough” recipe as well. I have tried it with chopped candy bars, chocolate chunks, toffee pieces, reeses pieces, you name it. Thank you for the amazing and easy recipe!

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      • I Heart Naptime Community

      That sounds delicious Reagan! I’m so glad you love the recipe :)

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    • Rebecca Detore
    • BEST M&M Cookies Recipe (+ Video) - I Heart Naptime (16)

    Great recipe!

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      • I Heart Naptime Community

      Thanks Rebecca!

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