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Best M&M Cookies Recipe

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 264kcal
If you are looking for an amazing cookie recipe for the holidays you are in the right place! This is the best M&M cookies recipe! Easy and straightforward to make, pretty to look at and a joy to eat! These giant cookies take less than 30minutes to make.
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  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt see *Note
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • cups plain M&Ms candies


  • Heat oven to 350°F and adjust baking rack to middle position. Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, add granulated sugar and brown sugar. Turn mixer to low and mix just to combine.
  • Add shortening and softened butter, turn mixer to medium and beat 3 minutes or until lighter in color and smooth.
  • Add vanilla and beat on medium 30 seconds.
  • Add eggs one-at-a-time, mixing just until incorporated after each addition. Turn off the mixer.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and coarse salt and kosher salt.
  • Add flour mixture to the sugar/butter mixture and turn mixer to low speed. Mix just until flour mixture is incorporated.
  • Fold in 1¾ cup M&M candies.
  • If time allows, cover, refrigerate and let the dough rest 1-24 hours. If time doesn’t allow, the cookies can be baked immediately and are still terrific without the rest time.
  • Drop the dough, using a 2” scoop (about 1½ tablespoons), onto the baking sheets about 2-inches apart (12 cookies to a baking sheet).
  • Press 3-4 additional candies into each cookie.
  • Bake cookies at 350°F for 9 minutes or just until the edges of the cookies start to set and are a little firmer to the touch.
  • Place baking sheets with cookies on a cooling rack for 2 minutes, then transfer cookies directly to the cooling rack.
  • Enjoy!



If coarse sea salt isn’t available, use 1-teaspoon kosher salt.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 27mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 181IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg