These M&M Cookies will soon become your new favorite. They’re soft, chewy & packed with M&Ms for the perfect treat. It’s an easy cookie recipe that doesn’t require any dough chilling, so you can whip up a batch in no time. They can be made with regular or mini M&Ms – but either way – they’re the best M&M cookie recipe around.
I love cookies. And I don’t think anyone can say no to one of these M&M cookies. They’re thick, chewy, super soft, deliciously buttery, and filled with chocolate and pretty rainbow colors. I’ll take five please.
As a child, I longed for M&M cookies since my parents opted for healthier cookie varieties. But on Saturdays I’d go grocery shopping with my Dad and the supermarket gave out free cookies to children that were members of their elite “Cookie Monster Club”. And as a chartered member – I’d was lucky enough to get a gigantic M&M cookie almost every weekend. Clearly, I reached the upper echelons of society at age 8.
Now that my social status has fallen and I’m too old for free M&M cookies at the grocery store, it’s time to make my own. And I guarantee they’re 1000% times better.
M&M Cookie Recipe
These M&M cookies are perfectly soft and chewy. They’re also just the right level of thickness – so you can pack them with lots of M&Ms, and there’s zero dry cookie crumbs.
What I also love about these cookies is that you don’t have to chill the dough, and they still turn out soft and chewy without being too thin.
The main secret to the perfect texture is using a combo of shortening and butter. Cookies made with shortening have that extra “melt-in-your mouth” quality, and will definitely remind you of the bakery cookies you bought as a kid. However, butter provides more flavor than shortening. So by using a combo of both shortening and butter, you get the perfect texture and more flavor.
Then we’re using a combo of brown sugar and white sugar because brown sugar adds extra flavor and makes the cookies chewier. Using just the right amount of flour makes the cookies soft and thick without being crumbly. And then I like to use both M&Ms and chocolate chips. Feel free to substitute the chocolate chips for more M&Ms if you prefer.
Tips for Making M&M Cookies
- Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature, but not melted.
- Beat together the butter, shortening and sugars for a good 2 minutes. This helps evenly distribute the sugars and adds air to the batter, which gives the cookies a better texture.
- After adding in the flour, squeeze a little dough between your fingers. If it sticks to your fingers mix in a little more flour – adding 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Form the dough into balls about 3 tablespoons in size. Make the balls taller than they are wide – this way the cookies stay thick and chewy as the bake, instead of spreading too thin.
- If your cookies do not flatten enough as they bake, that means you added too much flour. Gently press the cookies down flatter before baking.
- If the cookies spread too thin, that means there’s not enough flour. Pop the dough balls in the fridge for 15 minutes before baking to avoid spreading.
- Feel free to use regular M&M or mini M&Ms.
- For smaller cookies, form them into balls about 1.5 tablespoons in size and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Underbake your cookies just slightly for the perfect soft texture. The tops should look just set when you take them out of the oven.
Want to freeze your cookies? You can either freeze the dough, or freeze the baked cookies.
- To freeze cookie dough, form it into balls. Then place the balls in a Ziploc bag, seal tightly, and freeze. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325F degrees, line the cookie sheets, and bake the cookies from frozen. They’ll take about 1 minute longer.
- To freeze the cookies, bake and cool fully. Then place in an airtight container before freezing. To be extra careful of freezer burn, you can place the bottom of 2 cookies together and wrap them in plastic wrap before putting them in an airtight container in the freezer. Thaw in the fridge first, then store at room temperature.
Milk chocolate, peanut, almond, dark chocolate, peanut butter – so many delicious M&M options for these cookies. Bake them, eat them, love them – these M and M cookies are always a hit.
For more classic cookie recipes, try these other recipes:
- Chocolate M&M Cookies
- Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Peanut Butter Cookies – you could even substitute the chocolate chips for M&Ms!
Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter* softened to room temperature
- 1/2 cup shortening*
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more if needed
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup M&Ms regular or mini
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 325F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment or baking mats.
- In a large bowl beat together the butter, shortening, white sugar & brown sugar until fluffy (about 2 minutes).
- Beat in the vanilla & eggs.
- With the mixer on low speed mix in the flour, baking soda & salt. Squeeze a little dough between your fingers, if it sticks to your fingers mix in a little more flour 1 tablespoon at a time until it doesn't.
- Turn off the mixer and stir int he M&Ms and chocolate chips.
- Form the dough into balls about 3 tablespoons in size.* Place 2 inches apart on the lined cookie sheets, and ensure they're taller than they are wide.
- Bake for 12 minutes, or until the tops are just set.
- Once out of the oven, optionally place a few extra M&Ms and chocolate chips on the top of each cookie.