Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip M&M’s Cookies — If you’re looking for a new M&M’s cookie recipe, this is THE ONE! Soft, buttery, and irresistible M&M’s Christmas cookies! 

overhead view of four chocolate chip M&M's cookies on a white platter

M&M’s Christmas Cookies Recipe

Who can resist big M&M’s and chocolate chips staring back at you? I sure can’t. The cookies are very soft, slightly chewy, buttery, and loaded with M&M’s and plenty of chocolate chips for an extra chocolate boost.

If you’re looking for a new favorite M&M’s cookie recipe, you’re going to love this one.

I’m no stranger to M&M’s cookies and recipes, including Soft and Chewy M&M’s Cookies and Soft M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. I love both of those recipes and you can’t go wrong with either. 

If you don’t have access to or want to use pudding mix, make the former. The former recipe uses cornstarch to keep the cookies softbatch-style soft, while the later incorporates pudding mix into the dough.

These homemade M&M’s cookies also use pudding mix because it adds a subtle yet wonderful depth of flavor and the texture of the dough is just wonderful to work with. And once you taste how perfectly soft and tender these cookies are, you’ll be glad you used it. If you don’t have pudding mix in your area, make one of the M&M’s cookie recipes that doesn’t use it.

For these cookies, I combined elements of Soft M&M’s Chocolate Chip Cookies with Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies to create one dozen cookies, exactly. Each cookie is pretty large, but if you need more than a dozen, double or triple the recipe.

They’re perfect holiday party cookies because they’re easy, festive, and just so good. They’ll disappear just as fast as Santa does.

close up of M&M's Christmas cookies on a white platter

What’s in Chocolate Chip M&M’s Cookies? 

To make this chocolate chip M&M’s cookie recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • M&M’s 
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips 

two M&M's Christmas cookies on a red plate

How to Make Chocolate Chip M&M’s Cookies 

Cream together the butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla. Then, add the dry ingredients. Gently fold in the M&M’s and chocolate chips last. 

Form the dough into 12 equal-sized mounds, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for at least 3 hours. 

Once the dough has chilled, bake until the edges have set and the tops are just set, even if slightly undercooked, pale, and glossy in the center. Let the cookies cool for 10 minutes before eating. 

overhead view of four chocolate chip M&M's cookies on a white platter

Should I Make the Pudding Mix First? 

No! Add the pudding mix to the cookie dough like a dry ingredient, do NOT prepare it according to package instructions. 

How to Store These Cookies 

These chocolate chip M&M’s 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.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip M&M's Cookies — If you're looking for a new M&M's cookie recipe, this is THE ONE! Soft, buttery, and irresistible M&M's Christmas cookies! 

Tips for Making M&M’s Christmas Cookies 

You want to use instant vanilla pudding mix for this homemade M&M’s cookies recipe, not cook and serve. 

Likewise, I recommend using regular pudding mix and not sugar-free.

I prefer using a mixture of dark and light brown sugar in these cookies. The dark brown sugar in particular adds lots of flavor! 

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip M&M's Cookies — If you're looking for a new M&M's cookie recipe, this is THE ONE! Soft, buttery, and irresistible M&M's Christmas cookies! 

Soft and Chewy M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yield: 12

Soft and Chewy M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes

If you're looking for a new M&M's cookie recipe, this is THE ONE! Soft, buttery, and irresistible M&M's Christmas cookies! 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (I used 1/4 cup of light and 1/4 cup dark)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, plus more for adding to dough mounds

Instructions

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large mixing bowl and electric mixer) combine the butter, sugars (highly recommend using some dark brown sugar), 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 (just add it dry as if it’s a dry ingredient, do not actually make pudding), 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 12 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&M's 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 8 cookies per sheet).
  7. Bake for about 10 to 11 minutes, 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.
  8. 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.

Notes

Storage: 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.

Dough base adapted from Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies and Soft M&M's Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 479Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 290mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

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