Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies

These M&M cookies are soft, chewy & gigantic. It's an easy cookie recipe that turns out just like your favorite cookies from the bakery. Use regular or mini M&Ms. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookies, M&M Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 Cookies
Author Fiona Dowling


  • 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. 


*To make the cookies without shortening, use 1 cup of butter and 3 1/4 cups flour. To make the cookies with 100% shortening, use 1 cup shortening and 3 cups flour. 
**For smaller cookies, form them into balls about 1.5 tablespoons in size and bake for 8-10 minutes. You'll end up with about 48 cookies total.
***Cookie dough freezes well. Make the dough and form into balls. Place in a Ziploc bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake from frozen. They'll take 1-2 minutes longer.