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M&M Christmas Cookies

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There is nothing quite as delicious as these thick and chewy M&M Christmas Cookies. The perfect crispy edge with a soft chewy center and loaded with candy coated chocolate pieces! These cookies are the perfect cookie for the holiday season.

Inspired by my classic M&M cookies, but with a slight twist to give them the perfect puff. Still looking for more inspiration? Be sure to check out the list of over 25 of the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes that are sure to give you the best holiday cookie tray!

three holiday m&M cookies stacked on a piece of white parchment

Recipe Features

  • Quick and Easy- Getting this dough ready could not be simpler. In less than 10 minutes you can have these ready to chill!
  • Freezer Friendly Cookie – You can make this dough 3 months in advance and store in the freezer until ready to bake.
  • Make-Ahead Cookie Dough- Because this dough is best chilled, you can make it up to three days in advance and keep it stored in the refrigerator.

This is our favorite chirstimas cookie. If you love to bake during the holiday season, I could not recommend these chewy m&m cookies more. They are full of buttery flavor and have the perfect amount of red and green color, thanks to the chocolate covered candies.

And since it’s a chilled dough, you can keep it on hand all season long. Perfect for popping in the oven as a homemade treat when guests arrive.

bowl of m&m candies on a wooden table

M&M Christmas Cookies Ingredients

Luckily, the list of ingredients for these homemade m&m cookies is fairly short. Most might even be in your pantry already, which means you are ready to whip up a batch immediately! Tip for finding those red and green candies… Check Target. They always have the seasonal colors and flavors. Here’s a quick guide to what you will need:

  • All-Purpose Flour- White flour, or all-purpose, is the only flour I have tested in this recipe. You could also substitute half cake flour if you prefer a more cake-like cookie texture.
  • Baking soda and salt- Be sure to double check that the soda is fresh, as they tend to go bad and give you less lift.
  • Sugars- Both white and brown sugar is used in this dough, and it makes a big difference in the sweetness.
  • Butter- Believe it or not, I like salted butter in this recipe. It adds just a tad more flavor to the finished cookie and helps the chocolate pieces shine, but unsalted will work too.
  • Eggs- Be sure to let the eggs and butter both sit out to room temperature.
  • Vanilla Extract- Always opt for pure vanilla and never imitation, which can leave a chemical like after taste.
  • M+M Candies
cookie dough rolled into balls and placed on parchment paper

How to Make Christmas M&Ms Cookies

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside. 
  2. Combine the two sugars and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  3. Mix on low until fully incorporated and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Stir in your eggs and vanilla until combined with the butter, 30 seconds should do it.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients.
  6. Mix until your dough starts to form, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Fold in 3/4 cups of the m&m candies. 
  8. Scoop the dough into 1/4 cup full. Roll and place onto a parchment lined tray.
  9. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  11. Place the dough rounds 2 inches apart on the prepared baking trays.
  12. Press additional candies onto the tops of each cookie if desired.
  13. Bake 12-15 minutes or just until the edges start to lightly brown. 
christmas m&m cookies cooling on a piece of white parchment

Tips for these M&M Christmas Cookies

Do you have to chill cookie dough?

Yes. Chilling the dough is imperative to achieving thick and fluffy cookies. It helps the butter chill and stops it from spreading during the baking process.

How can I add more flavor to my cookies?

Want a little more holiday pizzaz? Try adding a handful of sprinkles or 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips.

Why are my M&M cookies flat?

If you do not chill the dough properly, m&m cookies will bake into a flatter form. This is because the fat, or butter, does not have enough time to solidify and stop the spread. You can also try adding just a tablespoon or two more flour.

Can M&M’s be substituted for chocolate chips?

Yep. You can swap the candies for chocolate chips in a pinch. OR add both to your cookies!

Can you freeze M&M cookies?

Absolutely! I have a great post that walks through how to freezer cookie dough. It provides the best tips and tricks for freezing cookies before or after baking. Frozen m&m cookies will last up to 3 months.

fresh baked tray of m&m cookies

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M&M Christmas Cookies

M&M Christmas Cookies

Yield: 22-24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 30 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

There is nothing quite as delicious as these thick and chewy M&M Christmas Cookies. The perfect crispy edge with a soft chewy center and loaded with candy coated chocolate pieces! These cookies are the perfect cookie for the holiday season.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups M&M candies

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside. 
  2. Combine the two sugars and butter in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  3. Mix on low until fully incorporated and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 
  4. Stir in your eggs and vanilla until combined with the butter, 30 seconds should do it.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients.
  6. Mix until your dough starts to form, 1 to 2 minutes.
  7. Fold in 3/4 cups of the m&m candies. 
  8. Scoop the dough into 1/4 cup full. Roll and place onto a parchment lined tray.
  9. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
  10. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper. 
  11. Place the dough rounds 2 inches apart on the prepared baking trays.
  12. Press additional candies onto the tops of each cookie if desired.
  13. Bake 12-15 minutes or just until the edges start to lightly brown. 
  14. Cool for 10 minutes on the baking tray.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 176mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g
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