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Desserts | December 2, 2020

Christmas M&M Cookies

Nothing says Christmas and kids like Christmas M&M Cookies! We love this recipe that takes the best of our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and combines it with red and green M&M’s for extra festive fun!

Christmas M&M Cookies

Festive and Fun!

It’s that time of year where the smell of baked cookies is a constant in our home. There’s just something about baking cookies that really makes the holidays feel official! These Christmas M&M Cookies are a fun holiday twist to the usual cookie lineup. They’re so easy to make and a perfect recipe to whip up with the kids or grandkids. Oh, and word has it these are Santa’s favorite treat!!

Dark Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

Who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie? And what about M&M’s? Put the two together and you have the best kid friendly Christmas treat! Christmas M&M Cookies are the best Christmas Eve cookie to bake and leave out for Santa!

If you are looking for a fun and easy to make treat for neighbors, place the cooled cookies on a red disposable plate with white parchment underneath! Christmas M&M Cookies have a soft and chewy center, with a lovely crispy edge, just like our favorite chocolate chip cookie.

Milk Chocolate M&M's for cookie recipe

M&M’s on top before or after baking?

Are you wondering if it is best to add M&M’s to the cookies on top before or after baking?? Or what is the right combination of candy and chocolate chips? Or if you should make this cookie with candy only, and no chocolate chips? After experimenting several different ways, I like to use both M&M’s and chocolate chips in the cookies. I then place a few reserved M&M’s on top for color.

I found if I baked the M&M’s into the cookies and place the candies on top of cookies before baking, the candy cracked in the oven from heat and also the outer shell of the M&M melts a bit and the color is not as bright! Gently pressing a few M&M’s on top of the cookie after baking, and while still warm, made for the best looking cookie!

Note: the first photo in post has candy pressed in after baking, the last photo in post shows candy pressed into top of cookie before baking. Notice cracks in candy on last photo!

Cookies with M&M's and chocolate chips
Red and Green M&M Cookie Recipe

The Perfect Gift

What says Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays more than a platter of homemade cookies? Christmas M&M Cookies are such a festive treat to gift for neighbors, friends or family. It’s a yummy way to spread love this time of year!

If you want to make a large cookie, triple the size of the cookie to about 3/4 cup of dough, flatten slightly before baking, and cook for a minute or two longer, just until top is set. When cooled, place in a clear cello bag and tie with a bit of red and white twine.

Here are a few other cookie recipes we LOVE to make: Giant Ginger Cookies, Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, Peanut Butter Blossoms, Pecan Shortbread Cookies, and Gluten Free Sugar Cookies!

Plate of Christmas cookies

This Christmas M&M Cookie will make everything more merry and bright this holiday season! Happy baking!

5 from 7 votes

Christmas M&M Cookies

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, christmas cookies, cookies, holidaybaking
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
cool time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 18


  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened for 30 minutes on counter before using
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 3/4 cups All purpose flour (plus 2 tablespoons if needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon soda
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips may also use milk or white chips
  • 1 -10 ounce bag Christmas (red and green) M&M's*, divided reserve about 3/4 cup for top of cookies after baking


  1. Preheat oven to 375° F. If using convection, preheat to 375 as well.

  2. For regular oven, place rack in middle of oven. When using a convection oven, you should be able to bake on all racks at one time.
  3. Cut butter into pieces (about 2 tablespoons each) and place in mixing bowl. I use a Kitchen Aid and power it on 2 (low).

  4. After a few seconds, add granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract. Mix on low speed until creamy (this takes just a few seconds). The butter and the sugars should be mixed enough so no chunks of butter are visible.

  5. Add eggs, beating just until incorporated and smooth. Never turn the beaters on high.
  6. Using a spatula, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated.

  7. Add 2 3/4 cups of the flour, soda, salt, chocolate chips and all M&M's (reserving 3/4 cup for top!) into bowl with butter mixture. Mix on low for a few seconds. I like to use a pulsing action (turn mixer off and on quickly for a few seconds).

  8. Turn the dough with a rubber spatula so the bottom of the dough is mixed into the top of the dough. This will ensure the flour is mixed in properly and the candy and chips are distributed evenly.

  9. If the dough is sticky or wet looking, sprinkle in an additional 2 tablespoons of flour to the dough. Fold into dough by hand using a spatula.

  10. Using a cookie scoop, drop onto un-greased baking sheets, or baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Place 6-8 scoops of dough on each baking sheet.

  11. If using convection, bake for 7-10 minutes until golden brown.

  12. If using regular (non convection) oven, bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

  13. Cookies should be slightly golden and the cookie should not be wet or shiny on top. While cookies are still warm, press a few M&M 's into the top of the cookies after baking for best results.

Recipe Notes

  • I use a cookie scoop that measures 2 1/4 inches across which generally yields between 18-22 cookies. 
  • I often recommend freezing cookie dough, but for this cookie, the M&M’s sometimes lose their bright color after being frozen.
  • Only use M&M brand. You may use dark, milk, or white chocolate chips.
  • If the cookies spread out too much while baking, push the edges of the cookie in with a small spatula to form a round shaped cookie. This should be done right after cookies are removed from oven. 

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  1. How many cups of m&m’s ? Well I don’t have those big bags in my country so I’ll have to buy the usual small bags … I’m making them today ! 💚🍪

    1. Hello! There are approx 6 oz of M&M’s in a cup. The recipe calls for a 10 oz bag which is a little short of 2 cups. You will need about a cup of candy in the dough and then another cup (approx) for topping the cookies! Hope this helps.

  2. 5 stars
    You may have already tried this before, but maybe not…
    You mention, “if the cookies spread out too much while baking, push the edges of the cookie in with a small spatula to form a round shaped cookie.”
    Here’s what I did.
    I took my cookies out of the oven, placed the m&ms on top, then I took a clear, glass drinking glass (that would fit around the cookies when inverted…I made my cookies a bit smaller…30-32 yield) and then I made a swirling motion several times with the glass- while the cookie was under the inverted glass- and still on the cookie pan/parchment paper. I found that though my cookies did not spread terribly during cooking, that this method made the cookies more round and uniform as it made contact with the sides of the drinking glass. No spatula needed!
    Not sure if that made sense…or if others have done this before…I haven’t seen it done before but just made it up in the moment…but maybe it’s a thing?!? 🙂
    Anyway…Love the cookies…super yummy!
    What about a recipe that has oats also?
    Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Made these several days ago and the only reason there are any left is because I hid them in my veggie drawer. 🤣 The only m&m cookie I’ve really liked, using dark chocolate chips was so smart.

  4. 5 stars
    My favorite cookie recipe all dressed up for the holidays! The colored M&M’s make this tried and true recipe festive enough for Christmastime, and I always include them on my treat plate for neighbors and friends. They’re always a favorite!