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M&M Cookies (Holiday Edition)

These M&M Cookies are the first vanish from any cookie tray. They’re festive, soft and chewy, and so easy to make. Bonus: both the dough and baked cookies freeze beautifully.

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M&M Cookies (Holiday Colors)

There’s not much longer to wait until Christmas. Which means there probably won’t be enough time to do allthethings we’d like to do.

There are so many good things to be involved in this time of year, but we’re trying to stick to the best things. The most meaningful things. The most life-giving things.

Pare down, scale back, if even just a smidgen. Load reduction really isn’t my forte. It’s a work in progress, this sanity preservation.

Which is why I suggested we skip our annual trip down to Santaland this year and bake up some festive M&M Cookies with all the red, green, and white one can muster up in a Christmas cookie.

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The Littles have walked through  Santaland every single year. I think we’ve got the entire holiday display memorized by now.

I figured they were ready to move on. But wouldn’t ya know it, all 3 of them gasped and stared wide-eyed at their mama who suggested we skip that scene.

Guess what we ended up not skipping? (I mean, the boys will only be mesmerized by singing pine trees for a few short years, so I gave in.)

We also made time for these M&M Cookies that taste like a holiday party in every chewy soft bite. These M&M Cookies are awesome for cookie exchanges, cookie gifts, and dessert tables. No cookie platter would be complete with these tasty Christmas cookies. 

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M&M Cookies freeze beautifully

These festive cookies are soft, chewy, and loaded with goodies. Sharing is highly recommended. Thankfully, they freeze beautifully, which means they’re a great make-ahead recipe. 

Both the unbaked dough and the baked cookies themselves can be wrapped airtight and frozen for 1-2 weeks. 

Fun substitutions for your M&M cookies

  • Super obvious, but swap out the M&M colors according to the season/occasion to suit your cookie needs
  • Use semi-sweet chocolate chips, if you’re not into white chocolate chips
  • Drizzle with white chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate instead of the sprinkles
  • Add chopped nuts, toffee bits, or pretzel bits for more crunch
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M&M Cookies

5 from 9 ratings
These M&M cookies are festive, soft and chewy, and loaded with goodies. Bonus: both the dough and baked cookies freeze beautifully.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 40
Author: Amy Dong


  • cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened just to room temp
  • cups granulated sugar
  • 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding, dry powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • container of Christmas sprinkles
  • 1 cup M&M's, your choice of colors, divided


  • In a large bowl, add flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk together well and set aside.
  • In bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter and sugar on medium high, until light and fluffy. Add pudding mix and beat until incorporated. Add eggs and vanilla extract, blending well.
  • Slowly add in the flour mixture. Using rubber spatula, fold dry and wet ingredients together just until fully incorporated. Add the white chips and 1/2 cup M&Ms and mix into the dough. If it gets too hard to mix, use clean hands.
  • Gently work in 3 TB sprinkles, taking care not to manipulate the dough too much, which may result in the bleeding of sprinkle colors.
  • Dough will be a bit sticky. Cover tightly and chill in fridge for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Form 1-inch balls* of dough and lightly press down on dough balls to form 1/2 inch rounds. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle on more of the colored sprinkles on top (or lightly roll cookie tops in a bowl of sprinkles.) Press on the remaining 1/2 cup of M&M’s on top of each dough round.
  • Bake about 8 minutes or just until edges look golden brown. Cookies may seem slightly underdone, but they will firm up upon cooling. Don’t over bake.
  • Cool on baking sheet about 10 minutes, and remove to wire rack to finish cooling.


  • If you’d like larger cookies make 1.5″ dough balls and slightly flatten, 2″ apart on baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or just until edges are golden. 
  • Baked cookies keep very well at room temp or in freezer, in an airtight container. Unbaked cookie dough can be tightly wrapped up and frozen for later use.
  • If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating – this helps keep your favorite recipes alive on the site. And, we ❤️ hearing from you! 

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 10.3g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 6.7g | Saturated Fat: 3.9g | Cholesterol: 22.4mg | Sodium: 75.6mg | Fiber: 0.7g | Sugar: 6.5g
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Method: Bake
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Recipe Rating


    • Farah Al Zadjaly

    OMMMMG,this is soo good. It makes me wish I could have one now.

    • Bella and Dawn at Dear Mummy Blog
    • 5 stars

    These all look so festive and we love chewy cookies at Christmas time. M&Ms lend themselves so well to decorating x

      • chewoutloud

      Super fun and perfect for Christmas 🙂

    • katrina Kroeplin

    those look great. my daughter would lovve to make these. i’ll have to add them to the cookie list for next weekend.

    • AMY

    This looks nice and simple to put together but so delicious! Perfect for a weekend treat!

    • Jhentea Guzman

    That looks so amazing! I will have to try this with my family. I can’t wait to try it! I bet it’s going to be delicious.

    • Natural Beauty And Makeup

    These M & M cookies look super delicious and perfect for this festive season! I can’t wait to try your recipe

    • kumamonjeng
    • 5 stars

    This makes the perfect cookies for Xmas party, I love the red and green topping of M&M, really suit the occasion.

    • Catherine
    • 5 stars

    Your cookies are so pretty and festive! What a delightful holiday treat to make with the family.

    • Ashley R
    • 5 stars

    My daughter is 17 months old and this will be the first year we put cookies out. How great!

    • Chad
    • 5 stars

    These look out of this world omg!!! I can’t wait to bake me some amazing cookies, so so good.

    • Yeah Lifestyle
    • 5 stars

    Thank you for sharing your recipe for the Santaland Christmas cookies as these look nagnificent and so festive for the kids

    • Stacie
    • 5 stars

    Ahh! There is so much cookie deliciousness here! I must make all of these.

    • cait

    oh my gosh christmas cookies are the best- we are hoping to make some this weekend with the kids!

    • Cristina Petrini

    M&M drives me crazy and I love cookies, so I have to try this combination!

    • Saudagar Hartanah

    Really yummeh.

    • rebecca

    yum !!

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