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!

The Best MandM Cookies Recipe

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 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 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

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141 Responses
  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. erica

    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. 😛

  4. 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 🙂 This is now my go-to M&M cookie recipe! Thanks again for sharing!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 🙂

    1. Shelly

      ha! yes 🙁 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

    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!

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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