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M&M Christmas Cookies are a delicious, chewy vanilla cookie covered in Mini Holiday M&M’s. These easy Christmas cookies are not only festive looking but taste great too.

M&M Christmas Cookies

Welcome back for DAY FOUR of Christmas Cookies! If you are new around these parts and have missed the others, check out my Chocolate Peppermint Cookies and the best ever Peanut Butter Cookies!

Christmas Cookies with M&M’s- The Perfect Festive Christmas Cookie

The classic green and red M&M’s give this cookie a fun polka dot look that screams all things Elves, Santa and snow.

Plus, they taste really good, to boot. ?

One of my favorite parts of Christmas Time Baking is getting my kids involved. These cookies are the perfect, kid-friendly cookie. Not just for eating, but for making, too!

The balls of dough are literally rolled in those little M&M’s. This is the perfect job for tiny hands! Although, I will warn, you may want a few extra M&M’s. Those tiny things seem to disappear when kids are in charge of this step.

M&M Christmas Cookie

The cookie base is one of my favorites. I used the base of my Double Trouble Chocolate Chip Cookie to make these.

The cookie is chewy and full of vanilla flavor. This will quickly become your favorite cookie base, too. The absolute perfect balance of all ingredients!! 

How to make M&M Christmas Cookies

The cookie base is made with simple, everyday ingredients. Butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, salt and baking soda. 

butter, sugars, egg and vanilla

Once the cookie dough has come together, scoop out the dough into equal sized balls. I really like to use a cookie scoop for this step. Not only does it create equal sized cookie dough balls but it saves so much time!! 

Once the dough has been scooped, it will take a nice tumble in a bowl full of Mini Holiday M&Ms. Really press the M&Ms on, and I packed them as tightly as I could.

After I repeated scooping and M&Ming the remaining dough while trying to keep little, slobbery fingers out of the M&Ms, I pressed down on the cookie and flattened them a bit before baking.

If you’d like your cookies a bit thicker, with less spreading, refrigerate the cooke dough balls for 20 minutes prior to baking.

M&M Christmas cookies before baking

Bake them at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are puffy. 

Pull them out of the oven and let the cookies cool on the pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Best eaten the same day, but will stay fresh in an air tight container for a day or two. 

Christmas M&M cookies

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4.72 from 46 votes

M&M Christmas Cookies

M&M Christmas Cookies are a delicious, chewy vanilla cookie covered in Mini Holiday M&M’s. These easy Christmas cookies are not only festive looking but taste great too.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 1 cup (222g) salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (172.5g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (246g) brown sugar
  • egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups (342g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 bags mini holiday colored M&M's


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  • Cream together the butter, both sugars, egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  • Mix the dry ingredients with the creamed mixture. Mix well.
  • Scoop into balls and then roll in mini M&M’s. Press the M&M’s into the cookie dough ball.
  • Bake at 350°F (180°C) for 9-11 minutes or until the tops are no longer glossy.
  • Best if eaten the same day but will stay fresh for a couple of days in an airtight container.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 171mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These were really good and rolling them in mini m&m’s make them look so pretty.

    Wondering if you’ve ever tried rolling them in mini chocolate chips and if it had the same effect or if the chocolate would burn on the bottom? Might try it some time, but figured I’d ask around first.

    Excellent recipe I’m saving.

  2. I haven’t ever tried that- it would be so pretty though! I do worry about the chocolate burning on the bottom, so maybe just roll on the top? Glad you enjoyed them!

  3. 5 stars
    My son wanted to make some M&M cookies. We found this recipe. We had regular M&Ms so did not roll them but mixed them in and added a few to the top. They turned out great!

  4. 5 stars
    I was thinking about making M&M cookies to take to a Halloween block party. Of course I headed immediately to Karli’s website to see if she had one posted and she did! Always my go to for cookies and bars, as they have always turned out perfectly! These are no exception! I made one batch which made quite a few cookies, and the only thing I did was use full size M&Ms, because it was a Halloween event, and they only came and regular size. The base of this cookie is out of this world, buttery chewy and delicious. I will use the space to make many other cookies! I can’t wait to make the mini M&M cookies in this recipe in a few months! It will definitely be on my Christmas cookie tray!!!
    If you’re planning on making any cookies or bars, and you need them to turn out perfectly, this is the only website you need! 5 Star, 10/10.

    I wish I could post a picture, they are so impressive and I came home with an empty platter! Huge hit.

  5. 5 stars
    Delicious recipe! I couldn’t find the mini Christmas M&Ms, so I just got the regular sized. I decided to fold them in the dough instead of rolling and placed several candies on top of each ball before baking and them came out perfect! Also, I used a #24 cookie scoop and baked for 14mins and they came out perfectly soft and chewy.