A plate of M&M cookies, garnished with extra candy.

M&M Cookies

These M&M cookies are made with a soft brown sugar cookie dough and plenty of chocolate candy pieces. The perfect make-ahead dessert or snack that can easily be customized to suit your occasion!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword M&M cookies
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 269kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups M&M's plus more for the tops of the cookies


  • Place the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a mixer. Beat for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract to the bowl. Beat until thoroughly mixed.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add half the dry mixture to the mixing bowl and mix on low speed.
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix on low speed until just combined. Fold in 2 cups of M&M's.
  • Scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough and roll it into a ball. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Place the cookies 2 inches apart on two sheet pans lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Press extra M&M's into the tops of the cookies. Freeze for 10-15 minutes or until firm.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
  • Bake one sheet of cookies at a time for 10-12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  • Let the cookies rest for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack. Serve when cooled, or store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 53mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg