M&M Cookie Recipe

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M&M Cookie Recipe: Easy one-bowl recipe with chewy centers, crispy edges, a mix of crunchy M&M’s® and melty milk chocolate chips. Customize with different M&M colors for special occasions.

Try our other favorite cookie recipes next: snickerdoodlesoatmeal chocolate chip cookies, or pistachio cookies.

Delicious and perfectly baked M&M cookie recipe, fresh from the oven and ready to eat.

The Best M&M Cookie Recipe

Every year after our first day back to school, my mom would surprise us with either M&M cookies or Rice Krispie treats. It made going back to school after a fun summer a little bit easier. And now, I’m the mom and my kids know that after the first day of school, they’ll have a sweet treat waiting.

My personal favorite were the chocolate chip M&M cookie recipe because it also meant there was a bag of the rest of the M&M’s somewhere that could also be eaten. Over the years, I’ve created my own version of these cookies, and it’s honestly the best I’ve ever had. My kids wholeheartedly agree!

Melted butter and sugars being poured into a mixing bowl for the delicious recipe.

Ingredients

  • Butter: Essential for flavor and texture; avoid margarine or shortening.
  • Maple syrup: Adds softness and a unique sweetness.
  • Brown sugar: Increases moisture for chewiness, balanced with white sugar.
  • White sugar: Ensures stability and prevents excessive sweetness.
  • Egg: Use a large egg in this M&M cookie recipe.
  • Vanilla extract: Enhances flavor.
  • Cornstarch: Key for soft and chewy texture.
  • Baking soda/powder: Necessary leavening agents.
  • Flour: Accurate measurement is crucial for perfect M&M cookies.

Bottle of maple syrup and an egg being added to the mixing bowl for the recipe.

How To Make M&M Cookies

  1. Prepare Dough: Melt butter, then mix with brown and white sugar, egg, vanilla, and maple syrup. Incorporate cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, salt, flour, M&M’s, and chocolate chips. Chill for an hour.
  2. Bake: Preheat oven, place dough balls on baking sheet, and bake until edges brown. Add extra chocolate chips to warm cookies.
  3. Cool and Store: Cool on tray, then on a rack. Store in an airtight container; best enjoyed within a few days.

Dry ingredients being poured into the mixing bowl with wet ingredients for this M&M Cookie Recipe.

  • Cool Melted Butter: In this M&M cookie recipe, ensure you cool the melted butter to room temperature to prevent greasy, flat cookies.
  • Chill Dough: Allow dough to chill to re-solidify the butter, enhancing flavors and preventing flat cookies.
  • Use Silpat® or Parchment Paper: Bake on these liners for even baking and to avoid over-browning the bottoms.
  • Measure Flour Accurately: Spoon flour into measuring cup and level off. Over-measuring leads to cakey, less flavorful cookies.
  • Prevent Flat Cookies: Ensure adequate chilling and avoid using hot butter. Under-measured flour or high-altitude can also cause flatness.
  • Keep Cookies Soft: Cool completely on a wire rack, then store in an airtight container at room temperature. For reviving stale cookies, refer to these tips from Cooks Illustrated.

Candies and chocolate chips being added to the cookie dough, adding bursts of color and chocolatey goodness.

M&M Cookie Recipe--Several tasty and delicious cookies with M&M's arranged with a glass of milk on the side, ready for a delightful snack.

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M&M Cookie Recipe

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M&M Cookie Recipe: Easy one-bowl recipe with chewy centers, crispy edges, a mix of crunchy M&M's® and melty milk chocolate chips. Customize with different M&M colors for special occasions.
Delicious and perfectly baked M&M cookies, fresh from the oven and ready to eat.
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M&M Cookie Recipe

Delicious and perfectly baked M&M cookies, fresh from the oven and ready to eat.
5 from 1 vote
M&M Cookie Recipe: Easy one-bowl recipe with chewy centers, crispy edges, a mix of crunchy M&M's® and melty milk chocolate chips. Customize with different M&M colors for special occasions.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword M&M Cookie Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 24 minutes
Servings 16 -18 cookies
Chelsea Lords
Calories 280kcal
Cost $5.69

Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt reduce if using table salt OR if sensitive to salt
  • 1 and 3/4 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup M&M's candies
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips separated (OR use semi-sweet or dark chocolate -- whichever is your favorite)

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a very large, microwave-safe bowl. Once melted, refrigerate it for 5 minutes. It's important the butter isn't hot when you add in the sugars or it will melt the sugar and make the cookies greasy.
  • Once butter is cooled to room temperature, stir in the light brown and white sugars. Stir until smooth. Stir in the egg, vanilla extract and maple syrup. Stir until smooth.
  • Add in the cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Again, stir until smooth. Add in the accurately measured (See Note 1) flour and mix until JUST combined. Don't over mix.
  • Gently stir in 1 cup of M&M's and 1/4 cup chocolate chips until combined.
  • Cover the bowl tightly and chill for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a pan with parchment paper or use a nonstick liner.
  • Roll balls of dough into tall cylindrical balls. Place 6-8 cookie balls on a sheet to give the cookies plenty of room to spread. Dough balls should be about 1.7 ounces.
  • Bake for 8-12 minutes, erring on the side of underbaking, which keeps them soft and chewy (we like ours right at 9 minutes)! Remember, the cookies will continue to "bake" a little more out of the oven, so take them out as soon as the edges start to lightly brown.
  • Remove from the oven and press the remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips into the tops of the cookies (ensures even placement of chocolate and also makes them look pretty!). Allow to cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
  • STORAGE: We like these cookies best on days 1 and 2 of being made. They do last up to 1 week, but they do begin to lose texture and flavor. To store: Place in an airtight container and keep at room temperature. Wait until cookies are completely cooled before adding to the container.

Recipe Notes

Note 1: Spoon the flour into a measuring cup and level the top with the back of a table knife instead of scooping the flour from the bag into a measuring cup. This method assures the most accurate measurement.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Hi Chelsea, I have a question about item 4 of your instructions on this recipe. In the ingredients, you have 1 cup of m&m’s listed and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. I’m just wondering if you meant to put m&m’s there instead of chocolate chips? I also noticed that later on, you say put the remaining 1/4 cup of chocolate chips in the tops of the cookies when they’re done baking. At what point are we supposed to put the first 1/4 cup in? I think you forgot to put that in there.

    P.S. I am a huge fan of your recipes! They’re always super delicious and not too hard to make. Thank you for posting such yummy recipes!

    1. Hey Katherine, thank you so much for pointing that out! Yes I did mean M&Ms 🙂 Thanks so much for your help and so happy you’ve enjoyed my recipes, that means the world to me, thanks!

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