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M&M Cookie Recipe (a Foolproof Family Favorite)

Here is a foolproof family favorite recipe for M&M cookies.

Here is a foolproof family favorite recipe for M&M cookies.

Homemade Cookies...Made Out of M&Ms

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 premade 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 foolproof.

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.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

40 min

30 min

1 hour 10 min

3 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
  • 12 ounces 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


  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&M's to the top of each cookie.
  6. Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 375˚F. 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 them on a sheet of wax paper to cool.

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 chewier cookie, be sure to bake it on an ungreased baking sheet, as using cooking spray or greasing it with butter can cause the bottom of the cookies to turn brown and crunchy. Note, however, that if you aren't planning to grease your pan, you should use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat—otherwise, your cookies may become stuck on the pan! After baking for 10 minutes, immediately transfer the cookies to a sheet of wax paper where they can cool.
  • To achieve a crunchier 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 thaw completely.

© 2012 Alissa Roberts