The Best Soft and Chewy M&M’S Cookies

The Best M&M’s Cookies — These bakery-style M&M’s cookies are soft, chewy, buttery, and LOADED with M&M’s and chocolate chips. No one can resist these cookies!

M&M's Cookies on plate with M&M's

Classic M&M’s Cookies Recipe

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.

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 my Soft and Chewy M&M’s 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.

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

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

M&M cookies stacked on white plate

M&M’s Cookies Ingredients 

For this easy M&M’s cookie recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • M&M’s (any variety) 
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips

how to make M&M cookies

How to Make M&M’s Cookies

Combine the butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and cream until light in color and well combined (this will take a good 4 minutes). Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then mix in the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Note that you add the pudding mix as a dry ingredient. You should NOT make the pudding according to the package instructions. 

Fold in the M&M’s and chocolate chips, then scoop the cookie dough into balls and flatten slightly with your hands. Chill the cookie dough for at least 3 hours before baking. 

Is There a Pudding Mix Substitute I Can Use? 

This M&M’s cookie 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 my Soft and Chewy M&Ms Cookies instead. That recipe uses cornstarch to keep the cookies soft.

Can I Freeze Cookie Dough? 

Absolutely! I highly recommend doubling this recipe and freezing half the cookie dough for later. To freeze cookie dough, first scoop the dough into balls and then seal inside a freezer bag. When you’re ready to make the cookies, bake them directly from frozen (note that you may have to add a minute or two to the bake time). 

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!!

Tips for Making M&M’s Cookies

When creaming together the butter and sugars, it’s important that you give the mixture plenty of time to whip up. At this stage, you’re whipping air into the mixture, which is partly what makes these cookies so soft and chewy. 

Also note that you MUST chill the cookie dough. If you skip this crucial step, your cookies will come out flat and will spread a lot in the oven. 

Bake the M&M’s cookies for exactly how long I’ve said to (if yours are the same size as mine). Even if the centers of the cookies look pale and glossy, you should still take them out of the oven because the residual heat in the cookies will finish baking the insides. 

Want to see how to make M&M’s cookies? Watch the video! 

The Best Soft and Chewy M&M'S Cookies

The Best Soft and Chewy M&M'S Cookies

These bakery-style M&M's cookies are soft, chewy, buttery, and LOADED with M&M's and chocolate chips. No one can resist these cookies!

Yield: 11 cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 22 minutes

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

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, 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.*
  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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Notes

*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.

Recipe adapted from my Soft & Chewy M&M's Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

11

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 522 Total Fat: 27g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 41mg Sodium: 317mg Carbohydrates: 66g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 31g Protein: 5g

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

  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!

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