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The Best-Ever M&M Cookies Recipe

Updated on February 15, 2015
The Best-Ever M&M Cookies.
The Best-Ever M&M Cookies. | Source

These M&M Cookies Are My ABSOLUTE Favorite Cookies

Are you looking for the best-ever M&M cookies recipe? Well search no more! On this page, you will find what I consider the only recipe for M&M cookies because why would you mess with perfection once you've found it?

This, the original recipe from M&Ms, is perfect and can be adapted to suit different holidays simply by buying the appropriately colored M&M candies. In my home, we've enjoyed Christmas, Easter, Valentine's Day and plain-old-everyday M&M cookies and loved them all, whatever the color.

In a sense they are about the absolute worst cookie I make...because when they are here, I just cannot leave them alone!

Don't miss the photo gallery that follows the recipe. The M&M cookies showcased there are absolutely delicious and presented courtesy of the fantastic bakers and photographers at

Picture of these M&M Cookies from my own kitchen.

The Best Ever M&M Cookies Recipe

  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cook time: 15 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 50 Cookies


  • 1 cup of soft butter (it is critical that it be soft)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups regular all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 12 -ounce package of M&Ms (see my secret in the box near the end of the page)
  • 3/4 c chopped nuts (optional see my note in the instructions)
Personalized "From the Kitchen of" stickers.
Personalized "From the Kitchen of" stickers. | Source


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars until light and fluffy. It is critical that the butter be at room temperature in order to make this step work nicely.
  3. Beat in the egg and the vanilla.
  4. In another bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix.
  6. The recipe says to STIR in M&Ms and nuts at this point. I always put the M&Ms right in the mixer. I suppose a couple might get broken but if they are it hasn't caused any serious issues and doing it this way is easy and fast. My boys have never taken nuts to school because of children with allergies and, as a result, have gotten used to their cookies without them. Therefore, we always skip the nuts. That's a matter of personal choice.
  7. Using teaspoons, drop cookies of about one heaping teaspoon onto your cookie sheets, making them about two inches apart. My cookie sheets need to be greased. Be aware that making these cookies too big causes them to spread out and become flat.
  8. Bake for between 10 and 13 minutes. I prefer mine cooked less rather than more. Another personal choice but don't overcook them.
  9. Cool on wire cookie racks.
  10. Enjoy!

Buying M&Ms For Baking

M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candy Party Size 42-Ounce Bag
M&M'S Milk Chocolate Candy Party Size 42-Ounce Bag

If you have ant difficulty sourcing M&Ms at home, you can find them on Amazon. This bag is a nicely sized bag, which will suit your baking and your snacking needs!


A Cookie Scoop

The one tool I do not have in my kitchen is a cookie scoop. I still form my cookies by using a teaspoon, which is a reasonable method. However, if I were to add one thing to my exisitng kitchen inventory, it would be an OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop, as shown here. I have been totally pleased with all of the other Oxo kitchen tools that I have purchased over the years and this humble item has 643 five-star reviews on Amazon, which is pretty telling in my mind.

M&M Valentine's Day Cookies

Pretty in pink Valentine's Day M&M cookies
Pretty in pink Valentine's Day M&M cookies | Source
More Pink M&M Cookies
More Pink M&M Cookies | Source
Still more pretty Valentine M&M cookies
Still more pretty Valentine M&M cookies | Source

My M&M Cookie Secret...

I never EVER have used

the small baking sized M&Ms.

I ONLY use the full-sized ones and

I believe they are THE reason that I

CANNOT stop eating


when they are in my cookie jar!

M&Ms Cookbook

Red's Favorite Recipes: Featuring M&M's Brand Chocolate Mini Baking Bits (Paperback 1997 Printing, MMBAKE2)
Red's Favorite Recipes: Featuring M&M's Brand Chocolate Mini Baking Bits (Paperback 1997 Printing, MMBAKE2)

This 16-page booklet from 1997 includes recipes that incorporate M&M's Brand Chocolate Mini Baking Bits.


Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? Who me? Couldn't be! - Is there a Cookie Monster in YOUR house?


I am sorry for those of you for whom this recipe did not work. I have made them regularly for many, many years and others have made them successfully, too. They are our favorite cookie recipe and, as always, they were highly successful just yesterday.

Unfortunately, I cannot help determine why your version of this recipe did not work out. The only suggestions I can make are to follow the recipe carefully, to not over beat the butter and to keep your cookies small. We do find that making them bigger makes them flatter, which is the problem I hear about the most.

Because it is more natural for people to come back to a recipe and say that they had a problem with it than it is for people to come back and say a recipe was successful, I highly recommend that when you TRY a recipe on the internet and it is SUCCESSFUL you go back and tell the author about your success.

By the way, if you do leave a comment, it may be a couple of days before I am able to approve it so that it appears here.

4.2 stars from 9 ratings of The Best-Ever M&M Cookies

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda


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    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      Thanks for your visit, Rachel and taking the time to comment. I love'm, too!

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I love these cookies. I buy them every other week for my grandchildren. Now I'm going to make them myself. Voted up.


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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      WOW, the second time in one day, Holly. I trust you either a) had help eating them or b) were cooking for a the future or a crowd. Thanks for visiting!

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      That's fabulous, ACooper. I cannot say how long we have been using this recipe, definitely a long time. Thanks for coming back.

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      They definitely are! Thank you for your visit.

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