The Best M&M Cookies

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The Best M&M Cookies recipe is going to quickly become your new favorite cookie recipe! You have a thick, perfectly soft cookie loaded with M&Ms with crisp, buttery edges. 

These M&M’s Cookies are soon to be your new favorite cookie recipe! Of course these cookies are colorful, loaded with mini M&Ms and melt in you mouth texture, but they can also be used as the perfect base recipe for just about any type of M&M…or candy for that matter!

You know I love M&M’s and have lots of fun recipes including everyone’s favorite chocolate candy! I make my M&M’s frosting all the time, and it’s easily turned into a fan favorite recipe. But these cookies are easily the most requested from my kids!

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What Makes This The Best M&M Cookie Recipe?

The one thing I always have noticed about M&M Cookies that I have purchased in the past is that they are kind of boring. They’re always sort of a boring, bland cookie with a few M&M’s pressed into the top. So I wanted to change all that and make a cookie that is good enough to stand on it’s own without the M&M’s!

The Secret Ingredient

This cookie dough includes a packet of dry Instant Vanilla Pudding! The pudding helps the cookies stay thick and soft and also gives them an extra layer of vanilla flavor beyond the vanilla extract that always seems to be lacking in M&M’s Cookies. I love pudding cookie recipes so much, and it’s such an easy ingredient to add that really makes a huge difference.

What M&M’s Can You Use?

I used MINI M&Ms in this M&M Cookie recipe. This is KEY. Since these cookies are so soft, the mini M&Ms are best because you don’t get big hard bites of chocolate inside the soft cookie. The minis really match the texture of the cookie recipe. AND with Mini M&Ms you get more bites of M&Ms throughout the cookie!

But with that said, you can ABSOLUTELY use any type of M&M’s that you love. They have come out with some really creative and delicious flavors recently, and I know there are some that I would love in this recipe like:

  • Caramel M&M’s
  • Peanut M&M’s
  • Pretzel M&M’s
  • Dark Chocolate M&M’s

How To Make M&M's Cookies

Can You Freeze These M&Ms Cookies?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions I get when it comes to cookies. Freezing cookies is easy and you can freeze the dough OR the baked cookies. Here’s how:

How To Freeze Cookie Dough

Freezing cookie dough is a great way to save time if you want to bake cookies at a different time, or just like to have cookie dough on hand so you can have warm cookies whenever you get a craving! I always have frozen cookie dough in my freezer, so if I want to bake up a few cookies I can! Here’s what you do:

  1. Make the cookie dough according to the recipe directions.
  2. Using a cookie scoop, portion out the dough, and place scoops of dough on a baking sheet. Place the entire baking sheet in the freezer and freeze the dough until solid, at least 30 minutes.
  3. Once the dough scoops are frozen, remove the baking sheet from the freezer and place the dough balls into a large zip-top bag fro up to 30 days. This is an easy way to store the cookie dough and save space.
  4. When you’re ready to bake the cookie, no need to thaw out the dough. Just place the dough balls onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake according to the recipe, adding about 2 minutes to the bake time, since they are frozen. That’s it!

How To Freeze Baked Cookies

If you baked the entire batch of cookies and realize you have too many, you can easily freeze the baked cookies!

  1. Make sure the cookies are cooled completely.
  2. Place the cookies into a freezer safe container. Place the cookies into the container and place a piece of parchment paper in between layers of cookies to separate them.
  3. You can also freeze the in a zip-top bag. Just be careful how you place them in the freezer so they don’t break.
  4. Freeze the cookies for up to 30 days.
  5. To thaw, place cookies on the counter and allow them to come up to room temperature. If you would like to serve them warm, just place the thawed cookies in a preheated 350°F oven for 2-3 minutes. You could also heat them up in the microwave for 10 – 12 seconds each.


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How To Make Your Cookies Look Pretty

I like to add a few M&M’s on top of the cookie as soon as they come out of the oven. It just makes them pretty! I do this with almost all of my cookie recipes with chocolate chips, or any type of garnish!

Pro Tip: I used my large (3- tablespoon) cookie scoop for these M&M cookies. You could make them smaller, if you prefer. Note that they don’t spread a lot and stay fairly thick. You’ll only want to bake them until the edges just begin to get golden. The inside will be an undercooked. That’s what you want, it’s what makes them the best M&M cookies!

They are just one of the best cookie recipes you will ever try.

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The Best M&M Cookie Recipe

The Best M&M Cookies

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Dessert


The Best M&M Cookies recipe ever! Thick pudding cookies, loaded with M&M candies. They’re soft on the inside and buttery and crispy at the edges!


  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (3.4 oz) box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cup Mini M&Ms, plus 1/4 cup more for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350Β°
  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

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The Best M&M Cookies

139 Responses

    1. Shelly

      I haven’t ever tried that.. but I use instant pudding mix, so if the custard powder is “instant” I am sure it would work!

  1. 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!

  2. Lynae

    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!

  3. Melinda

    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.

    1. Shelly

      ha! yes πŸ™ it’s an annoying ad that I can’t figure out how to get rid of!! Need to talk to my ad company about that!

  4. Traci D. Haley

    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 πŸ™‚

  5. Megan W

    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.

  6. Joceyn

    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!

  7. Rebekah

    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 πŸ™‚ This is now my go-to M&M cookie recipe! Thanks again for sharing!

  8. erica

    Could a hand mixer be used instead of stand? πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ˜›

  9. Allysia He

    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!

  10. Susan

    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!

  11. Hillbe20

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

  12. allyson tournay

    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?

  13. Sabrina

    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!

  14. SARA


  15. 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!

  16. Nicole

    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?

    1. Shelly

      Nope, not this recipe! You certainly could, but it’s not necessary..and also if you do, allow the dough to come back to room temperature before baking!!

  17. Annette H.

    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…

    1. Bri

      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 πŸ™‚

  18. Jen

    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!

  19. Joella

    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! πŸ™‚

  20. Kathleen

    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.

  21. Susan K.

    I loved these! Made them for a friend’s birthday a few months ago. Three of us went kayaking and brought a picnic lunch. I brought these as a surprise for dessert and we devoured them! I thought about them the other day, and looked EVERYWHERE for the recipe I’d printed out, but I couldn’t find it (after looking on and off for about a week). I just now searched on-line until I found it again. I’m so glad! This time I’m putting it directly into my recipe notebook – and I will never, ever again forget Cookies and Cups! This is a definite make-again (and again). Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  22. Jessica

    Hi! I’m looking to make these for a Superbowl Party…I am planning on using regular M&M’s though, the recipe calls for 1 1/2 mini M&M’s…how would you translate that to regular size M&M’s? Thanks!

  23. These are seriously my favorite cookies EVER!!!!! I’m not a big fan of M&Ms either but I’ll eat them in these cookies. I actually just made this recipe with BUTTERSCOTCH pudding and chocolate chips – super tasty as well!!

  24. Janelle

    Oh Shelly thank you!!! I made these cookies over the holidays with red and green M&Ms. I was about to give up trying to find a recipe where the cookies didn’t go flat and your recipe was perfect! They held their shape and was a nice thick and moist cookie! I’ll have to explore your site for some more recipes to try! πŸ™‚

  25. Kaitlin

    Was really excited about this recipe, so I followed it as written and mine came out so flat that they broke when I tried to move them and the edges had little holes in them. I liked the idea, but very disappointed with the result.

  26. Emily

    I tried this recipe attempting to make it into a valentines day treat! The batter was to die for, and reminded me of the cookies I used to make as a child πŸ™‚ But when I tried to make them into cookies the mixture was very liquidy and I was not able to form a shape or ball of dough… I followed the recipe exactly but did not have a stand mixer so used a electric hand mixer. Any suggestions?!?

  27. Erin McGary-Myers

    These were delicious!!! I didn’t have vanilla pudding but I had cheesecake pudding so I used that and oh my gosh!!!! These really were to die for!!! My whole family loved them, this recipe is a keeper!!!!

  28. Ann

    In the area where I live the kind of mix boxes are not available. can u put the ingredients of a box on to receipt list? also I will appreciate the measurements be in grams or measurable unit.

  29. Melissa

    Just made these – and my pantry substitution was using cheesecake pudding as I was currently out of vanilla… and OMG they were so good… mine were a little salty – so the next batch I will either reduce the amount of salt, or use unsalted butter… but the texture and flavor are SPOT ON…

    SO very good.

  30. Ambrey

    I have made these two different ways this week (blame being home for the icy/snow weather!) – Chocolate Fudge Pudding with mini Reeses Pieces and then Cheesecake Pudding with Mini Chocolate chips. The first one my son declared his “favorite” and the second one my friends said were better than the local *amazing* cookies here!!

  31. Nicole

    This is my fourth time making this recipe and I can’t get enough! The dough is absolutely perfect and the end result was beyond delicious. Thank you for sharing.

  32. Jessica

    I am going to try this recipe soon for my son’s birthday! Did you use salted or unsalted butter? Thanks!!

  33. Stephanie

    Great recipe can’t wait to try it. I was wondering the same thing, do you use unsalted butter or salted with yours Shelly?

  34. Dorothy

    hi I was just wondering how this worked with maybe splenda & sugar free pudding for the diabetic in us all… maybe a healthier version? I know, smack me down, but I have to ask… maybe email me & let me know? thank you soon much!

  35. kim

    Great recipe! Cookies are divine. Next time I’m going to use chocolate pudding. May try some of the other suggestions here as well! Thanks for the recipe!

  36. HI Shelly,

    I want to make these cookies for the fourth of July, using red, white, & blue M&M. My question is you have vanilla pudding in the receipe, but in the picture the box shown is French vanilla pudding? So, which pudding did you use, vanilla or French vanilla?

  37. Kate M.

    I used regular sized M&Ms and found that you really have to stuff the cookie to get them all to fit! They were delicious, and I loved the extra flavor punch from the vanilla pudding! I just found your site recently and can’t wait to try more recipes!

  38. Emily Fraser

    Yum! I used ghee instead of butter in this recipe because my dairy-allergic body and butter don’t get along. Just wanted to say it worked wonderfully. I did notice they took a bit longer in the oven, this could be my oven or it could be the ghee, which I have found doesn’t brown as quickly as butter. Ghee adds a subtle caramel-taste which I think worked nicely with this cookie.

  39. Amy Hoffmann

    These are just as amazing as described! A new family favorite! I’ve made them 3 times in the past month. Mmm!

  40. Liz

    Oh my GOD. These are amazing. I was requested to make cookies for some soldiers I’m working with, and they asked for m&m/chocolate chip cookies. I made a double batch using half regular size m&m’s and half chocolate chips and used a regular size ice cream scoop. They are FANTASTIC. Big, chewy, yet firm, perfectly sweet and just all around AWESOME. Thank you for this recipe, I’m going to make it all the time from now on!

  41. Sarah

    Made these today and they came out amazing! Fluffy and soft. Was worried about the baking soda but everyone can’t stop commenting on how they ar . Thank you!

  42. Sadie

    This is one of the very best cookie recipes ever! Oh my gosh, these cookies were incredible. I took all 24 to work and they were gone in an hour!

  43. Bailey

    These were fab – my new addiction!!!! Also it works well with chocolate pudding mix if you happen to get part way through and realize you don’t have vanilla.

  44. Laura

    I followed your recipe exactly except I used white peppermint M&M’s. They turned out so delicious! Now I’m thinking about using chocolate pudding mix and peanut butter M&M’s. Thanks for sharing your “creation”!

  45. SLCookies

    I tried these but they didn’t work out well at all. I live at 4700 ft, not sure if that mattered or not, but the dough was crumbling and wouldn’t stick together. Really disappointing, not sure what I did wrong.

  46. Beth

    I just made these cookies and the dough was very crumbly. I couldn’t form balls of dough. I did see another comment was similar, and she added another egg. I could try that next time. For now I tried two batches of regular cookies, but then put the remaining batter in a 9×13″ pan (I had doubled the recipe – I was optimistic).

  47. Chelsea

    This is a random question β€”Β but I’m curious. What causes these cookies to spread out from that original scoop? What if I wanted my cookie to stay in that scoop shape and stay dense? How can I tweak the recipe to make this happen? Any thoughts?

    Otherwise, these look incredible and I can’t wait to try this recipe out over the weekend!

    Thank you!!

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  49. Kendra

    Not sure what I did wrong..but my dough was sooooo dry and crumbly! No idea what happened, I couldn’t even roll it into cookies ??

    1. Shelly

      That’s strange! It is a thick dough, but it should certainly hold together. Sounds like too much flour, or maybe your eggs were a little small?

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  51. Lori

    I tried this last year and had the same problem as a few others – the dough was so dry and crumbly it wouldn’t hold together. This year I tried again, and was super careful with my flour measurement. I spooned the flour into the cup and leveled off as you’re supposed to (unlike my usual hurried scoop it right out of the container.) Huge success! Delicious, soft and perfect cookies. I knew this recipe sounded like a good one, so the issue last year was user error. These will stay on my list of must haves for my Christmas trays!

  52. Amanda

    Just made these with my kiddos on today’s snow day! I used full size M&Ms because they are for Valentine’s Day and I’ve never seen mini pink, white, and red ones.

    I mixed up the dough as directed, but could NOT grt it to come together. I had to add abother egg to get the dough to come together.

    Absolutely delicious and perfect M&M cookies. Thanks for the recipe!

  53. Christa

    Hands down the greatest cookie recipe ever! So many possibilities with the base, definitely my go to cookie recipe! Thank you!

  54. Lora

    Just an FYI…freezing M&Ms makes them very messy when they thaw. The colors run so at best you can’t touch them, or have them touching anything else, until they are thawed and the candies are dry. Learn from my experience…

  55. Anne

    Am I thinking of a different recipe or did this recipe used to have a homemade pudding mix recipe included and the amount of that mix to use in this recipe? I pinned the recipe that had that information but can’t find it, and this one with its gorgeous pictures is coming to mind as the one that included the homemade pudding mix recipe. I noticed the date of this recipe link is 2019 and I’m pretty sure I pinned it in 2018, which may explain, if it used to include the pudding recipe, how the recipe is no longer in this version.

    1. Shelly

      Nope, this is the same recipe it always was! I just updated a few tips in the post and added nutritional value, which is why the date got updated πŸ™‚ I have anyways used a boxed instant pudding mix in this one, but I think a homemade pudding mix would be super interesting too!

  56. Jane Walkinshaw

    Well that took a while reading through the whole Page of comments etc. Now I’m off to get some stuff then I’m into it. Hubby and 1 grandson have gone out in the boat for a boat race, and the other at a friends. So here I go time lucky homely I can ge the stuff I need. Sometimes our countries ingredients differ and it takes bit to sort out. Not this time though only the salt might be different, I’ll find out if we have that salt here if not I’ll just use ordinary. Many thanks and I’ll let you know how I get on. By the way many thanks for having such a fab site I just love it, and have recommended it to a lot of family and friends here in NZ.

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