The Original M&M Cookies Recipe

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By star pooley starryrose

5 dozen cookie
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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
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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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.
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.
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!
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!
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.