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The Original M&M Cookies Recipe

By star pooley starryrose

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5 dozen cookie
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star's Story

An old standby recipe that has been made in thousands of households over the years!

Now that M&Ms are available in colors appropriate for most all the holidays - red and white at Valentine's Day, pastels at Easter - you can make this original M&M cookie recipe your go-to holiday cookie recipe using the holiday M&Ms appropriate to the season.

There are lots of different flavors to try to - think dark chocolate M&Ms, mint M&Ms, peanut butter M&Ms, just to name a few. You can also use smaller M&M baking bits that would work well in this cookie recipe.


2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
1 tsp
baking soda
1 c
butter, softened
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1 c
brown sugar, lightly packed
3 1/2 c
2 tsp
vanilla extract
1 2/3 c
m&ms (reserve 1/2 cup for decorating)

Directions Step-By-Step

Position one of your oven racks in the middle of your oven and preheat your oven to 375F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper for best results. Otherwise, use ungreased cookie sheets.
In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda until well blended.
3.In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter (or shortening) and sugars with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy (This will take several minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula to make sure everything is well blended.
Beat in the eggs and vanilla until creamy; Stir in flour mixture with a wooden spoon just until blended; Stir in 1 1/2 cups M&Ms.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheets. Press several additional M&Ms into each cookie.
Bake one cookie sheet at a time in the middle rack of the oven for 9 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges and just set in the center.
Remove from the oven and transfer the cookies with a thin metal spatula to a wire rack to cool completely.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies

  • Comments

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    Marcy Baha missmarcy - Mar 30, 2012
    Star, growing up this was my favorite cookie! I would always ask my Aunt who was the baker in the family to make these for me! Especially when we had a party at school, etc.!! I started making them when I was about 13 years old! Still make them! Thanks for sharing!
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    Marcy Baha missmarcy - Mar 30, 2012
    I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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    jean muhethaler jn4914 - Jun 3, 2012
    Made these cookies yesterday was really unsure if 3 1/2 cups of sugar wasn't to much. But just wanted to try the cookie just like the recipe I could have saved the rest of the ingredients for another recipe. I could have just poured the sugar in my mouth they were absolutlely the worst cookies I have ever made in my life never again
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    Kate Duerr SugarMama23 - Dec 21, 2012
    Could not agree with Jean Muhethaler any more! Needless to say this recipe has 6 and 1/2 times the amount of sugar necessary to make M&M cookies... the cookies come out completely flat like cookie brittel!!
    Calling out Marcy Baha right now... nothing about this recipe is "Family Tested & Approved" .. my family is currently in sugar SHOCK as i speak or should i say type... NEVER SAY NEVER aka NEVER MAKE THESE COOKIES aka THE BEIBS IS WRONG
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    danielle l daniellela94 - Sep 7, 2013
    Flat cookies. Very disappointed. I agree, away too sugary....