The Original M&M Cookies Recipe

star pooley Recipe

By star pooley starryrose

5 dozen cookie
15 Min
10 Min

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.

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2 1/2 c
all purpose flour
1 tsp
1 tsp
baking soda
1 c
butter, softened
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

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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!
Marcy Baha missmarcy
Mar 30, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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
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
danielle l daniellela94
Sep 7, 2013
Flat cookies. Very disappointed. I agree, away too sugary....
danielle l daniellela94
Sep 7, 2013
I added 1/4 cup of flower to my remaining mix.... the cookies definitely looked a lot better and they are not flat. Maybe the recipe needs 3 cups of flour....
Dibella 2 Dibella2
Dec 9, 2013
I was excited to make these cookies. When I was mixing the batter, I thought 3-1/2 C of sugar AND 1 C of brown sugar? oooooookay! Well, no, I just threw each and every one of these cookies in the garbage. Way too much sugar, they came out flat and cracked (I assume due to the high amount of sugar). These cookies were horrible.
michelle thomas megthomas
Dec 15, 2013
Waaaaaaaay toooo much sugar!!!!! Should be around 2/3 cup each!!! Horrible flat cookies!!! Wasted my time and ingredients!!!!! DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE!! Google reds m&m cookies for a better recipe.
gail gallagher helenagg
Dec 23, 2013
This recipe is the original IF you change the 3 1/2 cups of sugar to 1/2 cup sugar. About time this huge error was corrected on here!
Janet Dyess BamaGirl15
Dec 30, 2013
Wow -- I knew that couldn't be right as soon as I read it. It's almost the same "basic" recipe for toll house cookies -- just swap out the chocolate morsels for M&M's!
Angie Burns Angie_Burns
Aug 30, 2014
I wish I would have read all of the comments instead of just the first few. I too questioned the amount of sugar. Im making this for my daughter's birthday cookie cake and she is going to be very disappointed that she doesn't get one today and will have to wait.
Tabitha baustert tbaustert81
Dec 8, 2014
Don't waste your time with there cookies they are gross. They turn out flat and hard and taste awful.