M&M Cookies Recipe

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Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies – these fun and colorful cookies are perfect all year long and easily changed up with the M&Ms you use. They’re a family favorite!

These classic cookie are filled with bits of M&Ms and topped with them too making them one of our go-to’s along with our Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and Sugar Cookies!

M&M cookies recipe

Family Favorite M and M Cookies

Our family is obsessed with cookies! This week’s M and M Cookies recipeย is so easy and fun! It’s always a FAVORITE with the kiddos {even with the adults!!} And what’s great about this recipe is that it’s quick and the cookies ALWAYS turn out soft. ๐Ÿ™‚

We’ve always loved M&M Cookies in our home and the kids love that they can help by adding the M&MS on top before they get baked. I liked that it’s a combination of cookie and candy, and what’s not to love about that?!

For this recipe, we modified our Classic Chocolate Chip Cookie by taking out the chocolate chips and filling it with crushed M&Ms and candies on top. The result is a soft and chewy candy-filled cookie that is great for adults and kids.

M and M cookie dough in bowl

How to Make M&M Cookies

As we mentioned, these soft candy cookies are very simple and take just 10 minutes to get in the oven.

To make these cookies, gather your ingredients and preheat the oven to 350. Cream the butter, oil and sugars. Add the eggs and beat until fluffy.

Add the remaining ingredients except the whole M&Ms. Mix until combined and then scoop onto a greased cookie sheet.

Top with 4-5 M&Ms and bake for about 8 minutes.

We love to enjoy these warm, but they’re also great room temp. The candies are the perfect addition and make these cookies irresistible.

How to make M&M cookies

Recipe Tips + FAQs

Can you freeze M&M cookies? Of course! You can freeze in cookie scoops (just let thaw completely before baking) or as whole cookies. These will last in your freezer for 3-4 months if wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in a freezer-safe bag.

How to store? Place in an air-tight container and leave on the counter for 3-4 days (although we doubt they will last that long!)

What is the best way to crush M&Ms? We use a nut chopper, but you can also add them to a ziploc bag and crush with the bottom of a cup. How many crushed M&Ms you include is up to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Can you make bars out of this? Indeed, you can! And we have several recipes on the site where we did just that. Be sure to check out these posts for cookie/cake bars that are topped with M&Ms.

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M&M Cookie Variations

We love that you can color coordinate them for holidays (like the Christmas version below) and events depending on the colors of M&Ms you use (And we know that M&Ms now come in every color, which makes it that much better)! Some of our favorite M&Ms to use in our desserts include:

  • Classic M&Ms
  • Peanut Butter M&Ms
  • Mini M&Ms
  • White Chocolate M&Ms
  • Peppermint M&Ms

Using these different M&Ms change the color but also the flavor. With the Peanut Butter M&Ms, we often add peanut butter chips too. We love adding toffee bits when we use the mini M&Ms, white chocolate chips with the white chocolate candies and even Andes Peppermint pieces with the peppermint candies.

M&M Cookie Recipes

So many great ways to make and change up this delicious cookie! My hubby loves White chocolate more than regular Chocolate so I also made a White Chocolate Chip M&M Cookie version by adding 1 cup of white chocolate chips, and white Chocolate M&Ms on top – EASY!!!

We hope you enjoy these soft and chewy cookies as much we do. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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M&M Cookie Recipe

4.98 from 44 votes

Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies - these fun and colorful cookies are perfect all year long and easily changed up with the M&Ms you use. They're a family favorite!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 136 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • M&M's (plain) chopped and whole, separated


  1. Cream together sugars, butter and oil.

  2. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.
  3. Add dry ingredients as well as vanilla.
  4. Mix in chopped M&Ms {however many you want}.
  5. Place in balls on greased pan, insert 5 M&Ms on top.
  6. Bake at 350 for 7-8 minutes.

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and Iโ€™m the mom of SIX stinkinโ€™ cute kids and the wife to my smokinโ€™ hot hubby, Lo. My momโ€™s maiden name is Luna, and Iโ€™m one of the many crafty โ€œLilโ€™ Lunasโ€ in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Bwahaha! Love that video! And thanks for the ceiling fan tip. I totally need to do that. This summer when I turned our fan on my 3 year old said "What!? It's snowing inside!!" ๐Ÿ™‚ Oops. (And gross, yes, I know.)

  2. I love that video! "You do more things on accident than most people do on purpose!" ha ha ha! Goes to show you don't change much on the inside as you get older.

  3. mmm mmm good. nothing better than a really yummy chewy cookie. I love your blog. I'm a new follower now and I'm gonna look around a bit at other posts cause their are so many good things. take care!kathrynwww.thedragonsfairytail.blogspot.com

  4. I came across your blog on Thirty Handmade Days and I love your post!I would love it if you would drop by Jane Deere and link up to Fusion Fridays with your favorite or most recent recipes, handmade crafts, diy projects, tips & tricks, and how to's! { open through Wednesday! }Jane Deere

    1. SO glad you liked them, Larissa. Be sure to send me the link once you blog about it. Would love to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 5 stars
    Thank you for the recipe! I REALLY dislike making cookies, mostly because they never turn out for me. I prefer a nice chewy cookie, with a teeny crunch on the outside. And I haven’t found the perfect recipe yet. I think I have! These are DELICIOUS! I used the fall colored M&M’s. They’re perfectly chewy, with great flavor. Thanks!

    1. Your comment made my day, Erica!! SO glad you like them. My hubby likes the cookies the same way as you… soft but a tid crunch on the outside. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m sure they looked great with the Fall Color M&Ms!! Thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 5 stars
    Just wanted to drop you a note that I just made your cookies last night and they turned out so well! Used christmas m&ms and put them in the mailbox for the mail person. Thank you!

    1. YAY!! I love hearing that. They’re definitely a favorite of ours too and the WHOLE family loves them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope you can find other recipes here on the site that you will love also. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 5 stars
    These cookies turned out great! I reduced the oil by 1/2 and they were super yummy. I’ll use this recipe again with chocolate chips.

  8. I am making these for a school project, and i need to know what they should taste like and what the texture should be. Can you help me?

    1. Not sure what you are looking for, but they taste like a regular cookie with m&m’s, chopped and whole in it. We love these cookies! They are soft, also with a crunch. Hope that helps!!

  9. 5 stars
    I have never posted a comment on a recipe before, but these taste just like the ones you would buy at the store… simply amazing!

  10. 5 stars
    I just made a double batch for Christmas! They look so festive! I know everyone will love them! On to peanut butter with Hershey Kisses!

  11. Could I maybe place the dough in the fridge, if I donโ€™t want to make so many at one time? Would they still come out good the next day?

  12. 5 stars
    We had a blast making these cookies! They turned out great and delicious! We made ours a little thicker so they took longer in our old oven, but were a great hit. I know the little boy will love them!

  13. 5 stars
    This recipe looks so yummy. I’m about to try it now but I’m wondering if I can sub more butter for the oil? I am in Colorado and have a business selling “infused” baked goods. I bake a plethora of things but they must use butter, as it is the ingredient that is infused. I’m excited to try this recipe with our customers. All our products only get sold to verified adults and both my kitchen and products are inspected by the State. Please don’t judge, we are a very responsible, ethical and professional business.

  14. 5 stars
    WOW my new favorite cookie! I love to bake and mostly I make cookies, I was looking for a new recipe for my sisters birthday.

    I can say I will be making these for every family holiday.

    Note I made a double batch LOL to share with more people, added 8 oz bag of walnuts and a full bag of mini chocolate chips.


  15. 4 stars
    I was pretty skeptical about these to be honest. I have never used oil OR baking powder in a cookie recipe before. But… they were actually really good! They turned out just like they look in the pictures and they were nice and chewy with a little crunch. I was pleasantly surprised! My only criticism is they took wayyy longer to cook than the recipe said; I needed about 17-18 minutes per batch.

    Not sure this will take over for my usual recipe (maybe I’ll do a comparison later this year) but they’re definitely tasty!

  16. 5 stars
    Aside from chocolate chip cookies these are the next best thing. Who doesnt like the combination of m&ms and cookies? Totally the best!

  17. Would one bag oF m&mโ€™s be enough for this recipe? Or how many m&mโ€™s did you end up Using? Also what kind of butter? (Salted or unsalted?) iโ€™m so excited to try thESe cookies out! <3

  18. 5 stars
    I love m&m cookies! So easy to chaNge up according to the holiday or just use the standard colors for everyday baking. There so pretty and always so yummy!

  19. 5 stars
    I had to bring a festive cookie to an activity. My mom helPed me make these with Pink Valentine M&Ms. all my friends really liked them.

  20. 5 stars
    My daughter asked to make these this week! she loves to make them with her friends. I love the dough so its a win win for me!

  21. This Recipe is absolutely delicious! There is no other m&m Chocolate recipe (or even chocolate chip recipe) I would consider Over this one. The cookies came out perfect aNd were a huge hit with my family and my coworkers. Instead of cruShing m&mโ€™s In the recipe, I crushed dark chOcolate chips in the douGh and had the m&mโ€™s RestinG on top. So good! Thank you for the recipe! I donโ€™t normally leave reViews, but these cookies were Amazing!

  22. 5 stars
    I love these cookies! They are so easy and delicious! Super fun for holidays using the seasonal m&m’s. They never last long at my house!

  23. 5 stars
    We absoLutely love these cookies! I make a huge batch, Put them on a cookie sheet and flash freeze them. Then anytime we want hot, fresh m&m cookies … we have them!! Thank you for this great recipe!

  24. 5 stars
    Fluffy clouds of cinnamon sugar goodness!
    If sugar cookies and churros Had a baby- these cookies would be it.
    They were so easy tO maKe too, we will be keeping this recipe in our โ€œfavoritEsโ€ From now oN โค๏ธ

  25. 5 stars
    This is an OUTstanding recipe!!! I have made many batches of these delicious cookies for friends and family, and I have loved them each time. I have also shared this recipe with many others, and we all love the result of this easy recipe… such a success!

  26. 5 stars
    Oh My goodness – these m&m cookies were simply…the best!!! This recipe has been added to fAmily favorite binder.

  27. 5 stars
    This recipe is super easy and so fun to make for any occasion! Christmas? Sure! Easter? You Bet! Wednesday? Absolutely! DelicIouS and simple.

  28. 5 stars
    I liked these! easy to put together, and made some really good, classic m&m cookies. They came out as expected based on the recipe.