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M&M Cookie Recipe

Updated on July 14, 2016

If you want to make a mouth-watering batch of homemade cookies, you have got to try this M&M cookie recipe passed down to my mother from my great-grandmother. I have tried a variety of cookie recipes over the years, but none of them have even come close to these delicious made-from-scratch treats.

So put down those already made packages of cookie dough and learn how to make M&M cookies the good old-fashioned way. This article will walk you step-by-step through preparing the dough and will give you helpful baking tips, making this recipe totally fail-proof.

Trust me - once you go homemade, you will never pick up those store bought packs of cookie dough again!

The ingredients to make M&M cookies.
The ingredients to make M&M cookies. | Source

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Cook Time

Prep time: 40 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 12 oz bag of plain milk chocolate M&M's

Additional Ingredients

If you would like to add a little more variety to this cookie recipe, reduce the amount of M&M's to a 1/2 cup and add a 1/2 cup of any of the following suggestions:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanuts
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Toffee chips
  • Peanut butter chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix the shortening, brown sugar, and sugar together until well blended.
  2. Add the vanilla and eggs and stir vigorously to beat these ingredients into the above mixture.
  3. Add the flour and 1 cup of M&M's to the bowl. Mix all ingredients together until a soft dough forms.
  4. Chill the finished dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. This step is optional but chilling the dough makes it easier to handle as it prevents the dough from sticking to your hands and the cookie sheet.
  5. Roll the dough in your hands into walnut size balls. Slightly flatten the balls of dough with the bottom of a glass or the palm of your hand. Add extra M&Ms to the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375F. For a more chewy cookie, bake for 10 minutes. If you prefer a more crunchy cookie, bake for 12 minutes.
  7. Once the cookies are finished baking, immediately remove the batch with a spatula and place on a sheet of wax paper to cool.
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Our delicious M&M cookies made from scratch.Mix together shortening, brown sugar, and sugar.Add vanilla and eggs and beat into mixture.Add flour and M&M's and blend well.Roll dough into balls.Flatten dough and add extra M&M's to top of each cookie.Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375F. Remove with spatula and let cool on wax paper.Another look at our finished M&M cookies.
Our delicious M&M cookies made from scratch.
Our delicious M&M cookies made from scratch. | Source
Mix together shortening, brown sugar, and sugar.
Mix together shortening, brown sugar, and sugar. | Source
Add vanilla and eggs and beat into mixture.
Add vanilla and eggs and beat into mixture. | Source
Add flour and M&M's and blend well.
Add flour and M&M's and blend well. | Source
Roll dough into balls.
Roll dough into balls. | Source
Flatten dough and add extra M&M's to top of each cookie.
Flatten dough and add extra M&M's to top of each cookie. | Source
Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375F. Remove with spatula and let cool on wax paper.
Bake for 10-12 minutes at 375F. Remove with spatula and let cool on wax paper. | Source
Another look at our finished M&M cookies.
Another look at our finished M&M cookies. | Source

M&M Cookies Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cookie
Calories 156
Calories from Fat72
% Daily Value *
Fat 8 g12%
Saturated fat 4 g20%
Unsaturated fat 3 g
Carbohydrates 21 g7%
Sugar 14 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 15 mg5%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Be Creative!

Although many people think of using a bag of plain milk chocolate M&M's with this easy cookie recipe, be adventurous and try out another variety of this world famous Mars candy. Using a different variety of M&M's can give your homemade batch of cookies an unexpected, but delicious twist of flavor. Some different options you could use include dark chocolate, mint chocolate, almond, pretzel, peanut butter, or even coconut M&M's.

If you are looking for a simple and homemade cookie recipe, I do hope that you will give these made from scratch M&M cookies a shot. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed with the results. If you have any questions or comments about any part, feel free to leave these in the comment section below. Happy baking to all!

Helpful Baking Tips

Here are a few helpful baking tips that will come in handy with this delicious cookie recipe:

  • For a more chewy cookie, be sure to bake on an ungreased baking sheet as cooking spray or greasing it with butter can cause the bottom of the cookies to turn brown and crunchy. After baking for 10 minutes, immediately transfer the cookies to a sheet of wax paper where they can cool.
  • To achieve a more crunchy cookie, bake each batch for the whole 12 minutes. You can also leave them on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes to further brown the bottom of the cookies.
  • If you would like to make a smaller batch of cookies or prepare the dough ahead of time to use at a later date, you can store this recipe in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to use, simply place the container in the refrigerator for a few hours to allow the dough to completely thaw.

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow these look amazing and very much need to try this recipe soon. Have pinned, shared and voted up too!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a great video; I love watching your child help you with this. It is so nice to see a new way of presenting information; the old hubs that we all see get a little tiresome at times. You did a great job with this one!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Your cookies look simply delicious. I got to bake them. Can I replace brown sugar with plain sugar? How much should it be? I don't have shortening. Can I use butter?

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Aww thanks Janine! Hope you enjoy them! Appreciate you stopping by and for all the hub love!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Billy! Making a video with either one of my kids is quite an adventure - notice you don't see my son cracking the eggs as we had a small mishap haha :) But other than that, I love watching his excitement when he gets to help out momma in the kitchen! Appreciate you stopping by and adding your sweet comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks peachpurple! I have to say I have never tried to alter this recipe. I wouldn't recommend replacing the brown sugar though because that is the ingredient that gives these cookies the great flavor. You might could replace the shortening with butter but it might change the consistency of the cookie. If you do try it with the butter, be sure to let me know how they turn out for you. If it makes a good substitute, I will go back and add that tip into this hub. Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Jenn-Anne 4 years ago

      Oooh! These look totally yummy!!! I can't wait to try them! Nice hub - voted up!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Jenn-Anne! They are so good - hope you enjoy them! Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

    • melissa 4 years ago

      Cookies look so yummy! Love your little helper, he is a cutie and quite the baker!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Melissa! My little assistant loves to be in the kitchen. He always tells me that he is going to be a professional chef when he grows up :) Appreciate you stopping by and adding such sweet comments!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      M&M cookies are the best! Sometimes I put M&Ms in monster cookies, but I've never made straight M&M cookies. I'll have to give it a try sometime. Thanks for the great, simple recipe.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Oh I hope you give them a try Rose! These cookies have been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. Nothing better than a chewy cookie with lots of M&Ms in it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      hisandhers 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Oh I'm so glad to meet a fellow baker that believes in the power of cookie dough from scratch! The store-bought stuff never tastes the same. Thanks for sharing!

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      KeriProctor88 4 years ago from Georgia

      I’m so trying this recipe soon! This looks really fun to make, I think that I’m going to try and make it with my two-year old daughter. I cannot wait to taste these cookies, when I make them.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I love the cookie photo with all those colorful M&M's. I scored 70 on the quiz, which I think is pretty good considering it was just winging it. You did include some pretty good facts on the candy. Your little boy is adorable in the video! Great hub post. Voted up.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I totally agree hisandhers! Nothing better than homemade cookies :) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      So happy to hear you will be trying this recipe KeriProctor88! Hope you and your daughter enjoy them :) Appreciate your visit and comments!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much teaches! You did awesome on the quiz! I never knew M&Ms had so much fascinating history behind them. Pretty cool that they were the first requested candy to go into space! Appreciate the vote up and for adding your sweet comments!

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      dobo700 4 years ago from Australia

      Looks delicious, will have to try this one out with the kids.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much dobo790! Hope the kids enjoy them! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting!

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      trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana

      I used to work at an arcade/pizza joint. i loved making these cookies. of course the dough was already made. all i had to do was put them in the oven.

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      Alissa Roberts 2 years ago from Normandy, TN

      This recipe is one of my favorites! So easy and my kids love them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting trusouldj!

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      Qmarpat 2 years ago from Northern,California

      These cookies look great! Good job!!

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      Kristen Howe 22 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Delicious! I love M&M cookies. Yummy! Voted up!

    • Daniel ivy 3 weeks ago

      I honestly dont know how but ive made this recipe 3 times now and every time they come out completely different the second time i did this they came out perfect! I started with the second time because this is a good recipe but i cant bake to save my life apparently

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