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!!

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.

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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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95 comments on “The Best Soft and Chewy M&M’S Cookies”

  1. My family loves M&M cookies, thanks for the delicious recipe!

  2. How many cookies does this recipe yield?

  3. I make these cookies for EVERY function and they’re always a hit!! I change it up just a tad and do 1/2 cup m&ms, 1/2 cup dark choc chips and 1/4 cup butterscotch chips! So good!

    Rating: 5

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