Christmas M&M Cookies are cookies that are loaded with red and green colored M&M’s to satisfy your sweet tooth and get you in the holiday spirit! Try my Old Fashioned Monster Cookies recipe for another cookie full of candy-covered chocolate. 

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Christmas M&M Cookies

The holiday season is all about treats, especially cookies! When any recipe can be made with Christmas-colored candies or sprinkles, it just puts me more in the holiday spirit. This cookie starts with the perfect dough and ends with plenty of red and green M&M’s.

Adding M&M's to Cookie Dough

Room Temperature Ingredients: Using room temperature ingredients (especially butter and eggs) will help you get the best results when baking these cookies. Butter is at room temperature at 65°F. Don’t put it in the microwave to soften it; simply cut it up into small pieces and let it sit out if you forgot to take it out of the refrigerator.

Packed Brown Sugar: There is a reason to pack brown sugar. Packing the sugar into the measuring cup gets rid of any air pockets.

Adding M&M’s: When adding solid ingredients (like these candy-coated chocolates), I prefer to stir them in by hand. If you are using your mixer, mix them in on low for only about 5 seconds, or until just combined.

Stack of Christmas M&M Cookies With One Broken Showing Inside

How to Store Christmas M&M Cookies

Store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Baked cookies can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to use a freezer-safe container and label and date your cookies. To freeze the dough, scoop the batter onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Place the dough balls in the freezer for 1-2 hours. After the dough is completely frozen, store them in a freezer-safe zipped bag until ready to bake. To bake from frozen, simply add a couple of minutes to the baking time. For more cookie tips, check out my Guide to Freezing, Baking, and Storing Cookies.

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Christmas M&M Cookies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 27 minutes
Christmas M&M Cookies are cookies that are loaded with red and green colored M&M's to satisfy your sweet tooth and get you in the holiday spirit!


  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks / 227g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup (100 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups M&M's Holiday milk chocolate candy


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or a handheld mixer), beat the butter on medium-high speed until smooth (about a minute).
  • Add both sugars and mix on medium-high speed until smooth (about 2 minutes).
  • Add the eggs and vanilla, beating until combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix on low until combined.
  • With the mixer still on low (or by hand), add the M&M's and mix until incorporated. (If using an electric mixer, only mix for a few seconds.)
  • Cover the bowl and let the dough chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
  • When ready, remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Drop spoonfuls (2-3 tablespoons) of dough onto baking sheets about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 12 minutes. The cookies are done when the sides are lightly browned and the centers still look soft.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.


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    1. So sorry. It says “Add both sugars and cream on medium-high speed until smooth (about 2 minutes)” I will change it to “Add both sugars and MIX on medium-high…”

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