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!




makes 24 large cookies


  • 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

adapted from Kraft


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

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127 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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