The Best M&M Cookies

MandM Cookies...perfectly thick and soft and make extra yummy with pudding mix!

I hate to ever say the best. But I’m gonna. These are the perfect, the best M&M Cookies ever ever ever. I might have even groaned when I took the first bite. You HAVE to try these!

I actually made these cookies on accident.

I was putting together a cookie dough for another recipe, but ran out of a few things I needed, decided to scrap the whole process, until…

Until I looked in my pantry for divine culinary inspiration and noticed a bag of Mini M&Ms just chilling on the bottom shelf.

I honestly don’t remember buying them…because I kinda sorta don’t really love M&M cookies.

I KNOW! We can still be friends, right?

I mean, it’s not the M&M itself, those are fine. But M&Ms in cookies never really interested me.

Usually they are just flat cookies with M&M collered lumps. No thanks.

Turns out I had never had the RIGHT M&M cookie.

Anyhow, I decided to take my half-made cookie dough…finish it up with a pack of vanilla pudding..because that can’t be bad…and use up the M&Ms.

Because I knew my kids would eat them. They are M&M obsessed.


Short story long, best cookies ever.

Seriously..the M&Ms make them super fun and pretty, but if you want you could easily just use chocolate chips too.

The Best MandM Cookies ever!

I like this batter for the M&Ms, though because it’s thick enough to stand up to the candy. Does that make sense? No M&M lumps ’round here.

The M&Ms are literally buried in these cookies…have I convinced you yet?


Also, I know I am going to get the question, “Where did you find those Mini M&Ms?” Target. Down the candy aisle. That’s my answer.

But if you don’t have a Target near you (you should move), there’s always amazon.


Let’s talk details…

Vanilla Pudding Mix in the cookies!

Instant Vanilla Pudding.

Love the mini MandMs

Mini M&Ms.

MandM Cookie Dough! So so good!

And then cookie dough. Isn’t it pretty?

Perfect big MandM cookies!!

I used my large cookie scoop for these. You could make them smaller. They don’t spread a ton and stay fairly thick. You’ll only want to bake them until the edges just begin to get golden. The inside will be a undercooked. THat’s what you want. Trust me! They will stay soft soft soft!!!

Love these MandM Cookies! SO thick and soft!

And there they are.

A happy accident!

MandM Cookies! You could easily make these as chocolate chip cookies too!

You should really make these asap!


4.4 from 17 reviews
The Best M&M Cookies
makes 24 large cookies
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1½ cup Mini M&Ms, plus ¼ cup more for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. IN bowl of stand mixer combine butter and brown sugar, beating until combined.
  3. Add in egg and vanilla and continue mixing until smooth, scraping sides as necessary. Mix in vanilla pudding, baking soda and salt.
  4. Finally add in the flour and beat until just combined.
  5. Stir in M&Ms.
  6. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes until edges begin to golden.
  7. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3-4 minutes and then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling
store airtight for up to 3 days

adapted from Kraft


If you love M&Ms, you should totally try these M&M Cupcakes…M&Ms right in the frosting. Brilliant!

M&M Cupcakes ~ M&M Frosting on top of a delciouis MIlk Chocolate Cupcake! | | #cupcakes #candy #frosting #M&M

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June 15, 2014 9:27 pm

I love pudding cookies. So I’m sure that pudding cookies with m&ms are fabulous. Glad you had this cookie accident :)

June 16, 2014 12:26 am

Happy kitchen accidents like these make it all the more worth it! These M&M cookies are making drool all over my computer screen!!!!!! This just does not get any better than this.

June 16, 2014 12:55 am

Hi Shelly,
Love yur Recipes.I just wanted to ask can I replace custard powder instead of the pudding mix?These look Devine :)

June 16, 2014 5:00 am

It´s looks delicious!!!
If you want you can my mms cookies here :
Regards from Spain!

June 16, 2014 5:01 am

“you can see” sorry!

June 16, 2014 6:25 am

Oooh they look so good! I just love M&M cookies! Can I ask why you would use pudding mix in your recipe? What does it do?

June 16, 2014 8:04 am

Perfect, perfect, perfect!

Terri A.
June 16, 2014 10:30 am

I’d say these look like the best. I’m kinda drooling over these right now.

June 16, 2014 1:44 pm

They’re gorgeous -pinned! I make my favorite M&M cookies with a packet of Vanilla Pudding too. Seriously a miracle worker for cookies! And I love how totally resourceful you were and rather than scrapping it, you shopped in your own pantry and came up with a winner! Love it when things like that happen!

June 16, 2014 2:22 pm

You are such an optimist ! As if these would LAST 3 whole days. :-)

June 16, 2014 2:28 pm

Another must-try! Our grocery stores in MN have the mini M&M’s in the baking aisle as well. They’re cuter than a bugs ear!

June 16, 2014 3:54 pm

M&M cookies usually don’t thrill me, either. M&Ms: yes. Cookies: always. Together: not so much. You are not a freak. Or rather, you are not alone in your freakdom.

June 16, 2014 4:29 pm

did u know there is a sentence that says:
“Enjoy Creamy & Indulgent Carbonara Sauce” at the end of INGREDIENTS? :-)

*won’t stop me from making these cookies though :-)

June 16, 2014 4:31 pm

* it only shows up on the PRINT THIS RECIPE page.

June 16, 2014 7:24 pm

I’ve never used pudding mix in cookies but these look super delish! I love M&M, especially these mini. :)

June 16, 2014 7:47 pm

I am M&M obsessed. I love that these are thick and chewy. So happy for your little accident.

June 16, 2014 8:05 pm

m&m cookies are my favorite thing ever! these really do look perfect!!

June 16, 2014 10:35 pm

Can a sugar free pudding mix be used?

June 17, 2014 2:26 am

I prefer M&M’s in cookies rather than on their own. I also think that pudding mix in cookies and under baking them made them super soft and delicious. You are right, I HAVE to try these! Thanks so much for the recipe.


I like the idea of m&ms in cookies but don’t usually love them but these look like the kind of m&m cookies that I will absolutely love!! Especially with the pudding mix in them to make them super soft! Looks delicious!

June 17, 2014 6:38 pm

I actually just bought my first ever bag of MEGA M&Ms and I might need to add them to these cookies!

Traci D. Haley
June 17, 2014 10:02 pm

I saw this recipe on Pinterest and it’s been haunting me ever since, demanding to be made. Decided to make them this afternoon since it was cool outside. Only instead of M&Ms I used chopped Andes mints (I own a frozen yogurt bar and we just got those in for our toppings bar, so I wanted to experiment with adding them to something). I haven’t had a chance to taste them yet, but they turned out to be a *really* pretty cookie! And they smell amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

June 18, 2014 12:21 am

Well, if you say so… I am off to the kitchen to give these babaies a go! I love how thick and moist and chewy they look! Extra mini M&Ms for meeeee!

Megan W
June 18, 2014 9:58 am

I just made these cookies to take to a potluck at work. These are the BEST cookies I have ever made. My co-workers are going to love me! Thanks for the great recipe.

June 19, 2014 2:28 pm

I just have to tell you that I made these this week and they truly are THE BEST EVER M&M cookies! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!

Joan in VA
June 21, 2014 8:30 pm

Not a fan of underbaked cookies. I’ve added a minutes or so onto the cooking time.

June 22, 2014 3:52 pm

Just tried the M&M cookie recipe. Pretty darn delish. Thank you


What a beautiful accident :)

June 24, 2014 11:16 pm

They do look pretty amazing. You’ve definitely got me wanting one.

June 26, 2014 9:58 pm

Just tried the recipe and my family loves it, thanks!

July 4, 2014 7:04 pm

These are excellent cookies! I used regular sized M & Ms because it’s all I had on hand, but the mini ones would be terrific as well. Thanks so much!

July 5, 2014 4:18 pm

Thank you for the delicious recipe! I made these for my family a few days ago… and just finished making them a second time by special request :) This is now my go-to M&M cookie recipe! Thanks again for sharing!

July 25, 2014 10:00 pm

These turned out amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

August 15, 2014 6:44 pm

Could a hand mixer be used instead of stand? :) and if so, what speed do you think? I would love to make these. The last CCC recipe I tried elsewhere had some batter issues using a hand mixer, even though the recipe said you use it :/ it all make all creamy and smooth, which wasn’t good. So i’m always asking these sorts of questions now. 😛

Krishna Agarwal
August 20, 2014 9:46 pm

Hi Shelley yr recipe is fab I want to ask that can I use milk instead of egg we don’t eat. Eggs

Allysia He
August 20, 2014 10:53 pm

I am currently in my kitchen eating these freshly baked cookies and hiding from my children, who are all ready for bed. They are amazing! Soft on the inside, crispy on the outside – my kind of cookie. Hopefully I won’t eat them all come tomorrow when I promised the kids some!

August 21, 2014 2:24 am

Hi Shelly
Your cookies look divine…can I make without egg..wht can I add instead of egg

August 24, 2014 10:19 am

I have a question about the 1/4 cup of M&Ms for the garnish. Do you put them on top of the cookies before you bake them, or is it better to do immediately after you take them out of the oven (while they’re still soft and cooling/setting)? Looking forward to making these!

August 27, 2014 11:08 pm

I bought items from your list and now just noticed your picture says French Vanilla…hmm, I wonder if the plain vanilla will work.

allyson tournay
September 5, 2014 12:09 pm

sorry i’m new to this whole pudding mix in cookies… do i prepare the pudding mix as per the box then put it in or just put the dry pudding mix in?

September 12, 2014 10:01 am

Hi! My daughter JUST asked me to make MM cookies, ha! Love the look of this one! Curious, when you say large scoop…do you know how many tablespoons your cookie scoop is? I have the three sizes of pampered chef ones…I think they are 1, 2, 3 tb spoon sizes, but I didn’t know if the 3 tb one was what you meant or if that was too large? Thanks!

September 14, 2014 6:39 pm

What kind of butter did you use? Margarine, salted or unsalted?

September 23, 2014 9:14 pm


October 27, 2014 8:02 pm

Oh em gee these are AMAZING!!! I literally found this recipe on Pinterest over the weekend and made them tonight and they are soooo delicious!!! I usually don’t like m&m cookies either but man oh man sooooo good. Thanks for sharing! Please let me share this recipe on my blog!

November 10, 2014 3:26 pm

I wonder how choco pudding mix would taste. Has anyone tried? :)

February 26, 2015 1:36 pm

I made these with Chocolate Fudge Pudding mix and mini Reeses Pieces.. they were delicious!

December 7, 2014 3:26 pm

I plan on making these with Christmas M&Ms! But I have one question: Can/should the dough be chilled for any length of time prior to baking?

Pat G
December 15, 2014 3:04 pm

I just made these delicious cookies today. I had to add another egg as my dough was crumbly. This recipe is a keeper!

Annette H.
December 22, 2014 3:04 am

I followed the recipe to the letter and these cookies were HORRIBLE!! Very BLAND except for the M&M’s. I couldn’t find my usual and GREAT M&M cookie recipe, so since this had so many positive reviews, I decided to try it. What a waste of time and money!! The trash can was the lucky recipient!!SO DISAPPOINTED!! I am an accomplished baker, so this wasn’t a beginners attempt at baking!! Sorry for the negative review…

January 7, 2015 10:09 pm

I made these tonight. I LOVE the consistency/texture. But…mine are REALLY salty. Like the crumbs of a cheeze-it box (amiright?). Any thoughts? I pretty much guarantee it was my fault, but I have no idea. I’ll take any help I can get :)

December 24, 2014 2:38 pm

Just made these this morning and they are delicious! Exactly what I was looking for-a soft, thick cookie…I used half dark brown sugar and half light brown sugar. We will most definitely be making these again….I only hope they last until tonight! Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2014 3:43 pm

These are delicious cookies! So excited to share them with the family at Christmas!

December 26, 2014 11:14 pm

I made these cookies on christmas eve to give as gifts. Ohh, they were good and easy to make. I dipped mine in milk…heaven! I think next time I will use a little less of the m&ms – i thought it was just a little too much chocolate, but that’s just me. I sent the recipe to my sister for her hubby who loves m&m cookies. thank you! :)

January 11, 2015 1:48 am

I just made these with toffee instead of M&Ms and they’re easily one of the top five cookies I’ve ever eaten. I think I’ve found my go to recipe.