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Soft Halloween M&M Cookies

A classic all-butter cookie with plenty of M&Ms. This recipe makes plenty for a festive party, the dough freezes beautifully, and the cookies are perfect: soft with crisp edges.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Chilling time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: halloween cookie recipes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 79kcal
Author: Katie Shaw


  • 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 ghoul mix M&Ms divided


  • Beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the eggs and vanilla and blend until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  • 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. Stir 1½ cups of the M&Ms in by hand.
  • 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.
  • 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 at 350° for 11-13 minutes. Cool on wire rack.


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