Calling all M&M lovers! If you love M&M’s, then you are going to love these M&M cookies! What is so much fun with this recipe is that you can adapt it to any holiday, not just Christmas. I do have to admit that the red and green is probably my favorite though; they just look so perfect together! These M&M cookies just scream Christmas baking to me!
Change Them Up For the Next Holiday!
Pink and red M&M’s for Valentine’s day would look really pretty. For the 4th of July the red, white and blue ones would be awesome. Brown, yellow and orange M&M’s would look so cool in the fall. There are so many options because M&M’s are always available in really neat colors for different holidays. So have fun with it and get creative!
You can also take this recipe up a notch by using the different flavored M&M’s. The caramel or peanut ones would give this recipe a completely different taste. How about the pastel mint ones that come out for Easter? That would add a minty flavor to this recipe. The pretzel M&M’s would really change this recipe up! So many different tastes and flavors with the same recipe. Go wild and step out of your comfort zone!
* Tips for these M&M Cookies *
Before we get to the recipe I want to point out a couple of things that this particular recipe calls for. You are instructed to melt the butter and then let it cool for at least 10 minutes. Melting and then cooling the butter allows for a more buttery flavor. Your M&M cookies will also be chewier and softer. This recipe calls for the egg and egg yolk to be at room temperature. You can either let the eggs sit out a bit or bring them up to room temperature in a bowl of warm water (about 20-30 minutes, or so). Room temperature eggs allow for a better texture of the cookie.
There is also a 45 minute chill time after the ingredients are all combined. This keeps the M&M cookies from spreading out too much while baking. If they spread out too much they will have a very flat appearance.
Ok, I think we are finally ready to start baking us some delicious M&M cookies…finally!
- 1 cup salted butter melted and then cooled for at least 10 minutes
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar firmly packed
- 1 extra large egg room temperature
- 1 extra large egg yolk room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 3/4 cups flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 3/4 cups M&M's color and flavor of your choice
- 2-3 tablespoons sugar crystals sprinkle on top of cookies before baking
- Melt and cool (for at least 10 minutes) the butter.
- Stir together the melted/cooled butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined.
- Add the room temperature egg, egg yolk and vanilla extract to the butter/sugar mixture. Stir until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, corn starch and salt.
- Add the whisked dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Gently fold the M&M's into the mixed cookie dough.
- Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
- When the dough is almost done chilling, preheat oven to 350F. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Roll the dough into approximately a couple of tablespoon sized scoops. Roll into a ball. Place on the cookie sheet and sprinkle with sugar crystals to taste.
- Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. The centers of the cookies may seem a little underbaked, but allow them to finish cooling on the cookie sheet. They will finish baking while they are cooling.
All that is left now that we have the baking done is to enjoy these yummy M&M cookies! Hopefully, this recipe becomes as huge of a hit for your family as it is for ours! Seriously, how could it not? 🙂
This would be the perfect cookie for your little ones to leave out for Santa on Christmas Eve. If there ended up being any left for Santa, that is! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from Sugar Spun Run. Thanks so much for the great inspiration.
The truly awesome thing about this recipe is that if you don’t get these made in time for Christmas, you can make them any time of the year! How neat is that?
Another favorite cookie of ours is this Brownie Crinkle Cookie!
We hope you enjoy this recipe and if you try some different M&M variations, let us know what you think of them. Have a great day and a very Merry Christmas!