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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 Flickr.com.

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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

THE BEST EVER M&M COOKIES

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?

PLEASE NOTE

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.

3.9 stars from 11 ratings of The Best-Ever M&M Cookies

© 2009 Treasures By Brenda

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      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.

      Blessings.

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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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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      You are very welcome. I am glad you enjoyed them -- they're definitely my favourite!

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      Holly 2 years ago

      These cookies are fantastic! Making them for the second time today.

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      ACooper 2 years ago

      these are seriously the best m&m cookies ever! I have been using this post/recipe for 4 years now! I also made cookie jar gifts one year with. So good!

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      beautyandthebeast 2 years ago

      looks yummy.

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      Deb 2 years ago

      Thank you for the perfect Christmas cookie! happy holidays

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      Treasures By Brenda 2 years ago from Canada

      S,

      Thank you so much for returning to share your results! It's definitely our favourite.

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      2 years ago

      I've used this recipe over and over again. It's my favorite by far. Tried and true.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @pentastarr: You are welcome. Now I'm hungry (again) for cookies!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      I try to stay away from cookies but this recipe sounds yummy. Love the way it can be modified to suit Hallowe'en, Christmas and any other holiday!

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      pentastarr 3 years ago

      Thank You for this wonderful recipe..my butter is "softening" as I type!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @RoadMonkey: We do, too...love the way you can change this cookie to make it holiday appropriate.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @PeggieL: Thanks for your visit, Peggie and the suggestion.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @mothering4Him: You are welcome. Leaving out the nuts is an easy way to accommodate people who cannot eat them.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @paulahite: Thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing my lens. I appreciate it.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Love these cookies. Could go for some about now.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @LauraHofman: You are welcome. We just had some with Easter-colored M&Ms and they were good, especially warm out of the oven.

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I haven't made M&M cookies in awhile...now my mouth is watering! Thank you for the recipe!

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      cocoloco256 3 years ago

      Have you ever baked skittles in a cookie?

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @Hannah Writes: If they like cookies and they like M&Ms, they'll love these cookies. You just might, too, LOL!

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @thesatanrecords: I hope you were able to adjust this recipe to your dietary needs.

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @ReshimiTheKitty: Bet your mom's cookies were good, too!

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      PeggieL 3 years ago

      Another way to take care of the "spreading out too much" problem is to use shortening, or half shortening/half butter. Cookies make with all butter will ALWAYS spread more than ones made with shortening.

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      mothering4Him 3 years ago

      This may be silly, but I read your comment about not putting nuts in your cookies in case another student (with allergies) in your children's class got a hold of one, and I was just so touched! Thank you for making my day by showing such compassion to others and sharing with us (and teaching your sweet children to love others)! :) God bless!

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Great Idea! Your lens has been featured on "Whats Cooking at Squidoo"s Google+ page. Come check it out!https://plus.google.com/106731555139009429707/post...

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @chinatea: If you try them, come back and let us know what you think!

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      Hannah Writes 3 years ago

      This looks like something my kids would enjoy!

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      The Satan Records 3 years ago from The Satan Records

      Delicious ! I'll have to try it.Unfortunately I can't eat regular flour so I'll have to try with something else :)

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      ReshimiTheKitty 3 years ago

      Mmm. . . That's the same exact way my mom and I used to make them, except they were flatter

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      @quadria-molden: Thanks so much for your visits and your feedback. That's exactly the way they go in my house -- out of the oven ** POOF ** gone. Pecans sound like an interesting addition.

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      Mobley5 3 years ago

      Great recipe. These are delicious!

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      quadria-molden 3 years ago

      I was looking for a good recipe for M&M cookies and came across this one. In my own words they are BANGING!!! I even added some chopped pecans to them and as quick as I can get them out of the oven they are gone. Thank you soo much for this recipe. I stored it in my database of recipes.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thanks for the feedback, Monique. We all appreciate it. I was just wondering what Pumpkin Spice M&Ms would be like in them...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have made this recipe before and the cookies are delicious. My one suggestion for those of you getting flat cookies is to refrigerate the dough for at least one hour before baking. I am making them today with Reese's Pieces!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      cool

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      Michelllle 4 years ago

      What a great idea to have one color for a holiday!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Those cookies look so yummy!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Yummy and fun!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      mine keep coming out thin, even with a teaspoon or less dropping

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you, Kelly.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you very much for coming back and letting me know. We love'em, too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      OMGosh, I tried this recipe today and they are wonderful! And so easy to make! They really are the 'Best-Ever'!

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      Susan Hazelton 4 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I just love your recipe. I agree using full sized M&M's are the best.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great recipe, thank you!

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      You are right about smaller cookies turning out better. I find that to be true in general. It's hard to make really big cookies properly.

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      Mirrie 4 years ago from France

      I have never had M&M biscuits (cookies) - but I will definitely give this ago

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Okay. I'm hooked. And I appreciate that you don't scrimp on the M & M's

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe and these cookies pictures are very nice and they look yummy :)

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      My god! Want to try these so much! Thanks for sharing!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      My god! Want to try these so much! Thanks for sharing!

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      These cookies look very delicious. Lovely ideas.

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      whats4dinner 4 years ago

      Hope to be able to bake one soon. Another great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just made these - some as teaspoonfuls and some as tablespoonfuls. Neither of them spread out at all and remained nice and plump. I'm not sure what problems the other bakers had, maybe their butter was too soft at the beginning?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yum cookies

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Thank you very much for your comments, Cindy. I will experiment with the greasing of the cookie sheets the next time I make these.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cindy I just made these cookies. They turned out beautiful thank you sooooo much !!! Ps they were so easy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for the yummy cookie recipe. I wounder if people put in too many m&ms if that makes a difference how their cookies turned out wrong . Maybe they greased their cookie sheets, I didn't. My cookies turned out beautiful. I was gonna put all of my 19 ozs of m&m in my cookies and my husband said she said only 12 ozs ! Their perfect thank you !!!!

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      I love m&m's. At mac Donalds we have Mc Flurry icecream with m&m's that's so nice. Don't know if they serve that abroad?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The key to all cookie recipes (unless sugar cookies) I think is this, never use all butter or all margarine I always use 1 of each and let it soften by sitting at room temp, otherwise they get flat....

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      This is a fabulous recipe for M&M's lovers! I will give your lens web address to a dear friend who can't live without them! Double thumbs up!

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I'm sorry they didn't turn out, Jennifer and wish I could help! I know you said you followed the instructions exactly but just in case, the two things that I think would affect the taste would be if you did not use brown sugar and if you forgot the vanilla. Everytime we make these M&M cookies now, we try to understand where people could go wrong.

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      LocalImpact 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great recipe. I am going to have to try this one.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I made these cookies today and I followed the specs exactly as stated. My cookies looked fine, but the taste was not there. They tasted too buttery and not very sweet. I'm not sure what I did wrong for so many people to say they tasted great. My whole family did not like them. Sorry.

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      victoria91 lm 4 years ago

      What a great lens.

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      CatJGB 4 years ago

      Mmmm, I love a good m&m cookie and have promised my kids I'll make some for the odd school lunch box treat. Perfect time to come across this recipe!

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      aydensmom 4 years ago

      Wow. These look amazing. I have to try this recipe ASAP!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great recipe! My cookies turned out great. The cook time was more like 8 minutes but that might just be my oven. I will make these again for sure!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: The exact thing happened to me! I just made them and I've been watching them like a hawk. Around 7 min they were completely done and the thinnest things ever. I don't knon what went wrong.. I was so excited :(

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I'm sorry that they did not work out for you.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I made these exactly according to the recipe and they were flat as a pancake and crispy.

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      Camp April 4 years ago

      I think there is a little cookie monster in us all! Love the photos but particularly enjoyed the fact that you added actual tips and not just a recited M&M recipe from the candy maker themselves. Well done

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      Fox Music 4 years ago

      Thank you for this Delicious Lens "The Best-Ever M&M Cookies Recipe"

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      artmarks 4 years ago

      I need to try this! M&M cookies!! Yumi!

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      PunkyMedic LM 4 years ago

      I'm an M&M collector. May I post your lens on mine?

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      English-lion 4 years ago

      Loved the tee shirts :-) I'm going to try this recipe!

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      rebeccasstore 4 years ago

      Oh super yum! Cookies are so easy to do with the kids!

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      The cookies look really delicious. Yummy.

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      duceedee 4 years ago

      YES me...but always seems like other people's cookies are always better. I dont know why this is but they always are.

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      GreenerDays 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. I am definitely going to try making these with my son soon!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These cookies do not come out looking good but they sure do taste amazing!

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      AshleysCorner 4 years ago

      Yumm! These sound great! Can't wait to try them!

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      greentiger11 4 years ago

      Love the idea, gotta pass it on the to wife!

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      Benjamynn 4 years ago

      They look amazing! Great lens, happy holidays! :)

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      EstheticGoddess 4 years ago

      I am making these cookies right now with my kitchen aid mixer!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Made these yesterday, turned out great, perfectly actually. I creamed the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, made sure the eggs and vanilla were well incorporated before adding the flour. It actually seemed a little dry and stiff when I added the flour, I scrapped the bowl more than I usually have to. But they came out great. If you have problems, check your ingredients. I only use LOL butter, King Arthur unbleached flour, Meijer brand Light brown sugar. Good cookies start with good ingredients

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is the VERY Best recipe! I lost my recipe for M&M cookies that I grew up with and am so happy to have found this. They came out perfectly. I hate puffy cookies and these were not puffy. Thank you!!

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      Margot_C 4 years ago

      Love the pink M&Ms in the Mother's Day cookies. And I'm sure you're right about your "secret". The more the yummier. Thanks for the lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looks like a great recipe - I'll have to try it.

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      WhatsTheBuzz LM 4 years ago

      My niece loves M&M cookies. I will be jumping of a recipe for her today. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just made these cookies...they turned out great. For some reason I have a hard time making chocolate chip/m&m cookies. These turned out perfect. Thanks so much!

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      Such a yummy display - my 6 yr old daughter LOVES M&Ms (okay, me too:)), so can't wait to try the easy recipe! My mouth was watering the entire time I read your page, gotta get me an M&M fix quick:)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      in the oven now...the batter tastes perfect. thank you.

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      mrsclaus411 4 years ago

      I love cookies. They will taste delightful with M&Ms in them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am not trying to offend anyone but honestly this recipe did not work for me. The dough was very sticky so I let it stay in the refrigerator for several hours. My cookies came out very flat and fell apart even after letting them cool on my cookie racks. I make several hundred cookies for Christmas and give them out to all our family and friends. I lost my recipe for my M&M cookies so I used this one and I won't be using it again. I hope everyone has better luck with it then I did. Thank you for your hard work that you put into your site Brenda. Maybe I will try your recipe again when I am just making them for my family for fun.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      I approved your question but for some reason it isn't showing here any more, Joe. You asked where the secret in the blue box is and I apologize, my M&M cookie secret is in a red box now. (I changed the color in the box but not the corresponding text, sorry!)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @TamarWrites: Where is the secret in the blue box? Can't find it