Soft and Chewy Christmas M&M Cookies

Get into the spirit (without a big production) with these Christmas M&M Cookies. These soft, chewy delights start with a classic all-butter cookie base. Packed with colorful Christmas M&Ms, these cookies are fun and festive. Perfect for sharing with Santa or as a holiday gift, they are sure to be a hit.

Remember to chill the dough for an hour for the best results.

finished cookies on cooling rack.

Christmas M&M Cookies

A classic all-butter cookie with plenty of M&Ms. This recipe makes plenty for sharing with Santa. Soft, chewy, and buttery cookie base that will become your favorite.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Serving Size 30 cookies

Ingredients 

  • ¾ butter softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups Christmas M&Ms divided

Instructions 

  • Beat sugar + wet ingredients. Beat the butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
    butter, sugar, and, eggs in mixing bowl before and after beating.
  • Dry ingredients. Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda in a separate mixing bowl and add to the butter mixture, mixing on low, one cup at a time.
    dry ingredients before and after mixing in.
  • Add candies. Stir 1½ cups of the M&Ms in by hand.
    cookie dough with christmas m and ms being mixed in.
  • Cover and chill the dough for one hour. Towards the end of the chilling time, preheat the oven to 350 with the rack in the center.  Prepare 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  • Shape. Drop the dough by tablespoon-sized balls onto the parchment-lined baking sheets. Space them 2 inches apart, as the cookies will spread. Press 3 additional M&Ms on top of the dough balls.
  • Bake. Bake at 350° for 11-13 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
    finished cookies on rack.

Notes

You don’t have to press M&Ms on top, but it makes the cookies look much nicer.  Choose one of each color for the most festive look. 
Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 16IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

what you’ll need

Just the basics plus your favorite red and green candies 😊.

  • Christmas M&Ms: The star of the show, these colorful candies add a festive touch and a delightful crunch.
  • All-Butter Base: For that rich, melt-in-your-mouth texture, a good quality butter is essential.
  • Vanilla Extract: A splash of vanilla brings warmth and depth to the cookie’s flavor.
  • All-Purpose Flour: Forms the foundation of the cookie, giving it structure and softness.

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  • Mixing Bowls: For preparing the dough.
  • Electric Mixer: Eases the process of creaming butter and sugar.
  • Baking Sheet: Essential for baking the cookies evenly.
  • Parchment Paper: Prevents sticking and ensures easy cleanup.
  • Wire Rack: For cooling the cookies to maintain their texture.

Tips for the best drop cookies

  • Chill the Dough: Refrigerating the dough for at least an hour is crucial. It helps in preventing the cookies from spreading too much and retains a soft, chewy texture.
  • Nice ingredients. The taste of your cookies can improve a lot if you use good butter and real vanilla.
  • Cream well. To avoid lumps, make sure to cream the butter and sugar well and mix the dry ingredients evenly.
  • Baking Time: Keep a close eye on the oven! Over-baking can lead to hard cookies. They should be golden around the edges.
  • Cooling: Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack. This helps them set without breaking.

Storage and make ahead instructions

These freeze great!

  • Make-Ahead: Prepare the dough in advance and refrigerate for up to 3 days before baking.
  • Freezing: Freeze unbaked dough balls for up to 3 months. Bake straight from the freezer, adding a couple of minutes to the baking time.
  • Defrosting: Thaw frozen baked cookies at room temperature for about an hour.

More Christmas cookies

Make Santa happy this year.

Simple, easy, and cute, I hope you enjoy this recipe.

finished cookies on rack.
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