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What is it about the holidays that makes us want to bake all the things?! I don’t know about you, but once Halloween is over, I’m searching Pinterest and my own blog for my next baking adventure – cookies, cakes, brownies, and more!

Christmas M&M Cookies Recipe

There are just so many cookies and cakes to try for the holidays! But, for today, I’m sharing a super simple Christmas M&M Cookies Recipe. I’d like to tell you that I made this for the kids, but truth be told, I’m a HUGE fan of these cookies! Christmas cookies with M&M’s are just one of my all time favorite holiday cookies.

There’s just something about the red and green M&M cookies that takes me back to my childhood and brings me warm fuzzies. I like to add chocolate chips, too. I mean, how could MORE chocolate be bad? No way!

These are the best holiday cookies because they’re fast and festive. The will look fantastic on your holiday cookie tray and you can make a huge batch in just minutes. The flavor is delicious, too! You might want to plan on making a double batch because, these easy Christmas M&M cookies tend to disappear pretty quickly.

(PS – If you love making cookies with candy, then you need to try my Hot Chocolate Blossom Cookies and these Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies, too!)

close up of homemade M&M Cookies

Ingredients for Christmas M&M Cookies

  • Butter – Use unsalted butter for baking.
  • Flour – All-purpose flour is the best! If needed a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour can be substitued.
  • White sugar
  • Brown sugar 
  • Large Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking soda – This is what gives the cookies that fluffy texture.
  • Salt
  • Red & green M&M’s – You can find Christmas M&M’s in any grocery store around the holidays. One large bag has about 1 1/2 cups of M&M’s which is enough for a batch of Christmas cookies and a few left over for a snack.
  • Chocolate chips – You can’t go wrong with extra chocolate chips in cookies! I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips but any kind will work.
M&M Cookies stacked on a plate.

How To Make Christmas M&M Cookies

  1. Preheat the oven: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a baking sheet, and set it aside.
  2. Whisk the dry ingredients: Combine the flour, baking soda, salt in a small bowl.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients: Beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides in between.
  4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients: Slowly add the dry ingredients to the bowl of wet ingredients, beating just until combined. Then, gently fold in the M&Ms and chocolate chips.
  5. Portion: Use a tablespoon or cookie scoop to portion the cookie dough, rolling it into balls. Place the cookie dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, leaving a little bit of space in between each piece.
  6. Bake: Transfer the cookies to the preheated oven, and bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until they’re puffy and the edges are golden brown.
  7. Cool: Allow the Chirstmas M&M Cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Quick Tip

Swap out the Christmas M&Ms with other festive M&M colors like blue and white for Hanukkah or pink and red for Valentine’s Day to make these Christmas M&M Cookies suitable for every holiday throughout the year!

stack of holiday cookies.

How to Store Christmas M&M Cookies

Once your cookies have cooled, transfer them to an airtight container. They will stay fresh at room temperature for up to one week.


Can you freeze Christmas Cookies?

Yes! To freeze unbaked cookies, arrange the cookie dough balls on a baking sheet, and trasnfer them to the freezer until solid. Then, place them in a sealable freezer-safe bag, and keep them frozen for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake, transfer them to the oven, and add a few extra minutes of baking time as needed. Or, freeze baked cookies for up to 3 months, and let them thaw in the fridge overnight before serving.

Can I make this recipe ahead of time?

Yes, prepared cookie dough can be wrapped tightly or transferred to an airtight container. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 to 3 days.

What else can I add to this recipe?

Feel free to add festive sprinkles, mix and match different candy peices, or even fold in peanut butter chips to add even more flavor to these festive M&M cookies!

A plate of Christmas M&M cookies and cookies cooling on a wire rack.

Christmas M&M Cookies

These Christmas M&M Cookies are easy to make and always turn out perfectly! Chewy centers, crispy edges – they're everything you want in a cookie and more! I bet you can't eat just one!
4.41 from 5 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes



  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup Holiday M&M’s
  • 1 cup Semi-Sweet chocolate chips


  • PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
  • COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Beat softened butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.
    1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
    2 large eggs
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  • Stir in M&M’s and chocolate chips
    1 cup Holiday M&M’s, 1 cup Semi-Sweet chocolate chips
  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 507kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 144mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 559IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg
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For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.


  1. Sharon Barrow says:

    5 stars
    Delicious and good. I just ate 3 with coffee. I will definitely make again. I used chocolate chunks instead of the chips

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      GREAT! Love that so much!

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