The Best Soft and Chewy M&M’S Cookies

I love M&M’S® cookies and these are my favorite. And I’m no stranger to M&M’S cookies and recipes.

These big, bakery-style cookies are very soft, slightly chewy, buttery, and loaded with M&M’S and chocolate chips.

The Best Soft and Chewy M&M'S Cookies - Big, bakery-style cookies you can make at home that are BETTER than the bakery's! An easy recipe for the classic cookies everyone loves!!

If you’re looking for a new favorite M&M’S cookie recipe, you’re going to love this one. It’s nearly identical to Soft and Chewy M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies, minus the red and green M&M’S. M&M’S just launched a new Pinterest page where you can check out new recipes for baking inspiration.

I used Dark Chocolate M&M’S because I’m a dark chocolate girl, but anything from Pretzel to Peanut Butter M&M’S would be fun twists.

The Best Soft and Chewy M&M'S Cookies - Big, bakery-style cookies you can make at home that are BETTER than the bakery's! An easy recipe for the classic cookies everyone loves!!

The recipe calls for a small amount of instant pudding mix because it adds a depth of flavor you just can’t get without it, and it helps the cookies stay soft for days. But if you don’t have access to or don’t want to use pudding mix, make Soft and Chewy M&Ms Cookies. That recipe uses cornstarch to keep the cookies soft.

If you need a slightly bigger batch of cookies, try  Soft M&M’S Chocolate Chip Cookies. Make sure to follow my Tips for Cooking Baking Success like chilling the dough before baking so the cookies bake up perfectly thick.

The Best Soft and Chewy M&M'S Cookies - Big, bakery-style cookies you can make at home that are BETTER than the bakery's! An easy recipe for the classic cookies everyone loves!!

The cookies are sure to disappear very quickly because I don’t know anyone who can resist soft, warm, homemade M&M’S cookies.

The Best Soft and Chewy M&M'S Cookies - Big, bakery-style cookies you can make at home that are BETTER than the bakery's! An easy recipe for the classic cookies everyone loves!!

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The Best Soft and Chewy M&M'S Cookies

These big, bakery-style cookies are very soft, slightly chewy, buttery, and loaded with M&M'S and chocolate chips. If you’re looking for a new favorite M&M'S cookie recipe, you’re going to love this one. The recipe calls for instant pudding mix for flavor and softness, but alternative recipes are listed in the blog post if you'd like to make cookies without it. Make sure to chill the dough so the cookies bake up perfectly thick. The cookies are sure disappear very quickly because I don't know anyone who can resist soft, warm, homemade M&M'S cookies.

Yield: about 11 medium/large cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 10 minutes

Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup instant vanilla pudding mix (not cook-and-serve, not sugar-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup M&M'S, plus more for adding to dough mounds (I used Dark Chocolate M&M'S, other varieties may be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus more for adding to dough mounds

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, sugars, egg, vanilla, and beat on medium-high speed until creamed and well combined, about 4 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, pudding mix (add it as a dry ingredient, do not actually make pudding; cook-and-serve and sugar-free are not recommended in this recipe), baking soda, salt, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the M&M'S, chocolate chips, and beat on low speed until just combined, about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a large cookie scoop, 1/4-cup measure, or your hands, form approximately 11 equal-sized mounds of dough, roll into balls, and flatten slightly. Tip - Strategically place a few M&M'S and chocolate chips on top of each mound of dough by taking M&Ms and chips from the underside as well as adding more as necessary for a nice pop of color.
  5. Place mounds on a large plate or tray, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, up to 5 days. Do not bake with unchilled dough because cookies will bake thinner, flatter, and be more prone to spreading.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place dough mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 6 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 12 to 13 minutes (if your cookies are smaller than mine, reduce baking time) or until edges have set and tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center; don't overbake. Cookies firm up as they cool. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 10 minutes before serving. I let them cool on the baking sheet and don't use a rack. If you make your cookies smaller than mine, your baking time will be reduced.
  7. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, unbaked cookie dough can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.

Adapted from Soft and Chewy M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

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65 comments

  1. Chewy cookies are my favorite! And I love that there’s M&Ms AND chocolate chips so that you get the crunch of candy but also the hit of chocolate from the chips. Mmmm.

  2. I adore these. Actually, anything with M&Ms are amazing. In college, I used to eat way too many M&Ms. I would buy them in the big bags and then they would slowly disappear throughout the way. I don’t know how I didn’t gain like a million pounds. Anyway, these are beautiful and I bet they really are the best. :D

  3. I’m a dark chocolate lover too (but I seem to like all the M&M varieties). I like the chips and M&M’s together for a little textural difference…and thick cookies are simply the best!

  4. I never met an M&M I didn’t love, but I do prefer dark chocolate.  I love cookies that have both the chips and the M&Ms so you get the melty chips and the crunch from the candy shell…I love when you post cookie recipes they’re the best.

    • Thanks for saying you still like my cookie recipes :) I feel like I have SO many but you can never have too many cookie recipes, right! :) Especially varieties of M&M and/or chocolate chip cookies!

  5. Your cookies always make me swoon Averie! These are no exception. I totally need a cookie in each hand right now!

  6. These cookies are so pretty! So colorful! My mom is slightly obsessed with M&M’s (and my slightly obsessed I mean she has an M&M dispenser collection, M&M pajamas, and stashes of M&M’s throughout the house) so M&M cookies are one of our favorites! Love how thick and soft these look!

  7. Averie, I’ve made these at least three times already and they are ALWAYS a hit!! 

  8. Wow these really do look like the best m&m cookies ever :) Pinned!

  9. Your original recipe was fabulous–I love dark chocolate, so these sound terrific, although the pretzel M&M’s are also intriguing …

    • Thanks for making the original recipe! These are pretty similar to a few others I have on my site with a few slight tweaks because you can never have too many M&M recipes, right :)

  10. I also love M&M cookies, and especially when they are loaded with M&Ms just like yours. Your cookies always make my stomach growl!

  11. Hi Averie! These cookies look amazing, love soft and chewy cookies, one of my faves! Adding M&M’s is a great idea :)

  12. I can’t get over how huge these are! M&M’s cookies are one of my favorites! I need one for breakfast.

  13. You’ve outdone yourself with these, Averie – M&Ms are my all time favorite!

  14. Yum! I’ve decided that there’s nothing better than m&ms and cookies!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  15. My daughter is peeking over my shoulder now in excitement. She wants me to make these cookies for her and I don’t blame. They look colorful and definitely worth a try! :D

  16. thesr look so good! Do any adjustments need to be made for high altitude baking?

  17. LOVE!! M&Ms, pudding mix, puffy thick cookies, all of it. I’d eat the whole batch, not joking!

  18. These look delicious…gotta try it http://www.lovelysharice.com/shop/

  19. It’s very true that M&M cookies are irresistible.  I think it’s 50% the bright colors and 50% childhood memories… at least for me.  These look great!  Chilling is really so necessary to get a good soft cookie.

  20. I’m in post-Passover craving mode, and these just hit that spot! Wow. These look like the best M & M cookies out there, and there are a LOT out there. You win! As always. ;)

  21. the texture of these cookies is amazingg! sooo chewy and gooooey!

  22. Those cookies look so scrumptious, I wish I could reach into my screen and just grab them. And yay for dark chocolate M&Ms!

  23. Gosh Avery, could you make something actually resistible for once? I NEED THESE IN MY LIFE, STAT.
    Melissa http://www.designeatrepeat.com

  24. M&M cookies are by far my favorite. These look perfect!

  25. You make the best looking cookies on the planet! They get me craving them every time!

  26. These cookies were amazing! the perfect texture and taste. I did not see the “refrigerate for 3 hours” until I was ready to pre-heat the oven, but I put them in the freezer for 1 hour and then took them out to thaw at the same time I pre-heated the oven to 350 degrees. When oven was ready I put them in and at 10 minute mark I checked on them as my oven cooks faster on the bottom rack than the top so the bottom came out a bit earlier, no big deal. Did I say these cookies were amazing? Thank you can’t wait to try your other recipes

  27. how do u get ur cookies to flatten so much? Do u push them down? Or do u put them on the top oven rack? Or what else should I do??? Thanks

    • Use less flour and/or baking soda (slightly and this will require experimentation!) and/or don’t chill the dough, push down slightly. I don’t bake on the top rack. Most people have cookies that flatten too much but if you’re the opposite there are slight tweaks you can make that could help but will require trialing.

  28. Hi there from Malaysia! Planning to try this soon. By the way sorry but what is a pudding mix? Is it those Jello mixes? Thanks

  29. Was just wondering if i could mkae the cookies smaller in order to make a larger batch? Should I bake them for a smaller amount of time if I do?

  30. If I were to make the cookies approximately 2 tablespoons per cookie about how long should I bake them for?  Thanks!

    • I would start checking at 8 minutes and probably not more than 9, but this is a guess and ovens and baking sheets and climates vary SO much. Use common sense!

  31. These are SERIOUSLY GOOD cookies!  Thank you for sharing the recipe :-)

  32. Hi. I am from Portugal and I love american coockies. I’ve tried this recipe and I loved the flavour but they tourned out flat. I guess it was the flour because I can’t find King Arthur’s brand. Any sugestions? Thanks!

    • Make sure the dough is VERY COLD when you put the cookie sheet in the oven. Well-chilled dough (overnight) will help. Add 1/4 teaspoon extra baking soda and/or add 2 to 4 tablespoons extra flour. All will help firm up the cookies and prevent them from flattening.

  33. Hi again. I’ve followed your instructions and they tourned out great. Thanks so much. They will be for halloween at my son’s kindergarden.

  34. I just made a double batch of these for Christmas…these are everything promised big beautiful and delicious..didn’t do anything different but did skip the chilling time and it made no difference…Great recipe…a keeper!!!

  35. Can I use parchment paper instead of mat?

  36. We ordered some peanut-safe “M&Ms” recently and this was the first recipe we tried with them. They are DELICIOUS!! Doubled the recipe. Recipe keeper!! Thanks!

  37. I’m in Bangkok and can’t find the instant pudding mix.  Any substitution? Or can I leave it out?

    Thx

  38. Can I bake 1 big cookie on a pizza pan for my daughters b’day using parchment paper and also she doesn’t like chocolate chips can I leave them out and just add more M&M’s? Need to make tomorrow so need info. ASAP!  Help…….

  39. Just wondering if you can tell me why my M&M’s bleed. I did a trial run with navy and yellow M&M’s for a wedding and the blue is everywhere. I did not chill the dough before baking. How do I fix this problem?

    • First I would follow the recipe and chill the dough. That is instrumental in having the cookies bake up as they should.

      I have never used navy M&Ms. It could be that the food dye they use in that particular M&M is just prone to bleeding. I have only ever used pastels or the typical M&M colors. You could always write to the M&M company and ask them about it.

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