M&M Cookies

M&M cookies are soft, chewy and loaded with M&Ms! With a gluten-free option.

M&M cookies are soft, chewy and loaded with M&Ms! With a gluten-free option.

M&M cookies were a favorite of mine growing up. My mother never made them or bought them so whenever other parents brought them to school parties, I made a beeline for the cookie tray!

Since the days of elementary school class parties, I’ve made my fair share of M&M cookies. I always just mixed the M&Ms into the dough and baked them up. One thing that nagged at me is that they never looked as pretty as the cookies from my childhood.

These soft and chewy M&M Cookies are incredibly delicious. Everyone will be begging for more! Recipe contains a gluten-free option.

So this time, I experimented with the best way of incorporating the M&Ms. I made them every way imaginable and finally found the best method. You add the M&Ms to the dough, roll into balls with as few M&Ms peeking out of the dough as possible, bake and then add more M&Ms post-baking. A few M&Ms may still bleed, which you can see in the pictures, but even with that, it’s a huge improvement over the other methods I’ve tried!

I like my M&M cookies to be loaded with M&Ms and so my recipe calls for a lot more M&Ms than other recipes I’ve seen. These cookies are actually 1/3 M&Ms by weight! And that’s before you press almost an additional cup on top of the cookies after baking. You can absolutely use fewer M&Ms or toss in some other add-ins like chocolate chips or walnuts.

M&M Cookies are loaded with yummy M&M's. They're soft, chewy and sure to become your new favorite recipe! Recipe contains a gluten-free option.

I originally tried making these much larger. I wanted huge bakery-style cookies, like my favorite Paleo Double Chocolate Chip Cookies but the middles were underdone while the edges were a little too browned. One-and-a-half inch (65 grams) balls seem to be the ideal size for these to bake up properly!

The cookies pictured are the gluten-free version. If you make the cookies with all-purpose flour, the cookies are a less crinkly looking. But what’s important is that the two versions taste the same! If you want even thicker M&M cookies, try adding some M&Ms to my Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookies or Jamie’s New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies.

M&M cookies are soft, chewy and loaded with M&Ms! They're sure to become a family favorite! With a gluten-free option.
For more delicious cookie recipes, be sure to check out these No Bake Cookies and these Soft Frosted Sugar Cookies.

M&M Cookies

Yield: about 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes + chill time

Cook Time: 20 minutes


  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or the gluten-free baking mix listed below*
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups M&Ms, plus an additional 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons to press on top, if desired

* If you need these cookies to be gluten-free, make sure all your ingredients are certified gluten-free. Original M&Ms in the US are gluten-free but some of the other varieties are not. For the flour, use the following mixture. While the all-purpose flour version uses 3 1/4 cups of flour, this mixture, which yields 3 cups of flour, works beautifully in this recipe:

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 2/3 cup potato starch
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum


  1. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt. Set the bowl aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, beat the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs and vanilla at low speed until well combined.
  3. On low, gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined. Beat in the M&Ms on low.
  4. If making the all-purpose flour version, roll into 1 1/2" balls (about 65 grams) - pushing any M&Ms that stick out back in. If your dough is too soft to roll into proper balls, refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until firm. Freeze dough balls for 2 hours, or until firm.
  5. If making the gluten-free version, freezing is not necessary. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least two hours. Then roll into balls.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350°F for the all-purpose flour version or 375° degrees F for the gluten-free version.
  7. Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Place the dough balls 4" apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake the cookies for 16-20 minutes or until lightly and evenly browned.
  8. Remove from the oven and immediately press 7 more M&Ms on top of each cookie, if desired. Let the cookies cool completely on the baking sheet.
  9. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Adapted from Best Chocolate Chip Cookies on allrecipes.

M&M cookies are soft, chewy and loaded with M&Ms! Everyone LOVES these cookies! Recipe contains a gluten-free option!

by Erin Dooner

Hi there! I'm Erin and I'm the blogger behind Texanerin Baking, which focuses on making healthier desserts that taste just as delicious and decadent as their unhealthy counterparts. I also firmly believe that no meal is complete without at least a little dessert and that we'd all be a bit happier if we'd just indulge in more cheese and carbs.

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32 Responses to “M&M Cookies”

  1. cookbook queen — April 15, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Of all the cookies in the world, M&M cookies have to be my favorite. They are so happy!!


    • Erin — April 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

      They are! M&M cookies and lemon cookies (or lemon anything!) just make me so happy. :)

  2. Lisa | Sweet 2 Eat Baking — April 17, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    You know what? I’ve been looking and messing around with M&Ms cookies myself. They never seemed to have enough M&Ms in them. I’d always add a ton more and like you, I add extra after baking to make them pretty again (and more chocolate)! 

    My Mum never made me any as a kid neither. Our poor childhoods, eh?


    • Erin — April 18, 2016 at 4:36 am

      What’s funny is that I don’t even think mine are overly filled with M&Ms! So I really have no idea how people are happy with half the amount I put in mine. And yes, a childhood without M&M cookies is truly a sad thing. ;)

  3. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — April 21, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I literally can’t resist M&Ms. They’re one of like 3 candies I just have zero self control over. That transfers to M&M cookies too. These might be the most perfect completely irresistible looking cookies I’ve ever seen!


    • Erin — April 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Gina! And for me, it’s Reese’s Pieces. Or peanut butter M&Ms. Neither of which they sell in Germany, so I’m lucky. ;)

  4. When I was pregnant with my little man (who is somehow already one) I probably made a batch of m&m chocolate chip cookies once a week! I never did figure out how to make them not bleed the colors! I can’t wait to give this a try!! They are so pretty :)


    • Erin — April 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Thanks, Alaina! I hope you’ll have better luck using the method I used. A few still bleed but at least there are some pretty ones up top. :)

  5. Claudia — April 24, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Hi Erin , this is a really great recipe with the MM , s .
    I am just looking for a great recipe for baking as homework for my English course .
    Much love from Germany says Claudia . :-)


    • Erin — April 24, 2016 at 7:00 am

      Hi Claudia! German flour and American flour are very different. This recipe (and most American cookie recipes) won’t work if you use the regular Type 405 flour (the kind you find in every store). Kaufland, Kaiser’s, etc. have Type 550, which is more like American flour, but it’s still not the same. If you want to make a recipe that will definitely work with German flour, try looking here. Most of them use regular whole wheat flour (Weizenvollkornmehl) or almond flour (gemahlene Mandeln). I hope that helps! :)

  6. Claudia — April 24, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Oh thank you , because I have not thought of . Greeting Claudi


    • Jamie — April 25, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      You’re very welcome, Claudia!

  7. Betty — June 24, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I like your recipie. I wanna make the cookies more chewy and soft?. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you


    • Jamie — June 24, 2016 at 6:57 am

      Hi, Betty! Try baking them a few minutes less, like 14 or so. Check them then and see if they’re to your liking. Let me know how it goes!

  8. Kortney Young — July 4, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    How many doea this recipe yield?


    • Jamie — July 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Hi, Kortney! This recipe will give you about 24 cookies. I hope you enjoy them!

  9. Cynthia — September 23, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Great recipe, thank you very much. I got stuck though. I found your recipe and didn’t read it through in advance and at 4:30 in the morning making cookies for a funeral gathering came to the part where I was supposed to freeze the dough balls. I should have pre-read so I didn’t have time for that. They still came out great though. Thank you


    • Erin — September 23, 2016 at 7:57 am

      I’m happy that they still came out well! I hope the others will enjoy them, too. Thank you for your comment!

  10. Jennifer — November 26, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    This is such a bad recipe. It tastes very bland and dry. 


    • Erin — November 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm

      I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy them! I’ve made these several times and they’ve never been bland or dry so I have to wonder if something went wrong. Did you make any subs or any changes at all to the recipe?

  11. Amy — December 24, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Hi there!  I just finished making a batch of these and they came out really hard.    Any thoughts on what I might have messed up? I skipped freezing bc I didn’t have time and after the first round came out of the oven hard,  I cut the cooking time 10 min and still hard.  The flavor is great tho! 


    • Erin — December 25, 2016 at 3:58 am

      Hello! They definitely shouldn’t be hard. I freeze the dough because it helps them bake up properly. If you don’t do that, they spread more quickly, spread out flatter, and cook more quickly. So that could have been the issue. And I’m guessing you might have used too much flour. Did you scoop your measuring cup into the flour or spoon it into the cup? (you can read more about how to measure flour here). Next time, I’d measure out 406 grams flour and freeze the dough. I hope they’re still enjoyable! Merry Christmas. :)

  12. Monica Batra — January 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    TOO GOOD! I mean it…they are the BEST, BESTIEST ever and i used baking powder and 3and1/4 ucp APF


    • Erin — January 6, 2017 at 5:25 am

      Awesome! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed them! Thanks a bunch for your comment. :)

  13. Faye — January 26, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Question…do you refrigerate and then freeze? Both steps are listed in the directions. Please let me know. Thank u


    • Erin — January 26, 2017 at 2:52 am

      Hi there! If the dough is too soft to roll into balls, then refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes or until firm enough to roll into balls. Then roll into balls and freeze. I hope you’ll enjoy the cookies!

  14. Faye — January 27, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks so much, Erin! They’re delicious


    • Jamie — January 27, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      You’re so welcome, Faye!

  15. Natasha — March 26, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Really awful. I halved the recipe but no other substitutions. I tested three dough balls only thank God so I picked out all my m&ms so I can use them in a different recipe. Awful dry and just awful.


    • Erin — March 26, 2017 at 6:03 am

      I’m sorry you thought they were awful! I’ve made these several times and they’ve never been dry so I have to wonder if something went wrong. Did you make any subs or any changes at all to the recipe? I’m guessing you might have used too much flour. Did you scoop your measuring cup into the flour or spoon it into the cup? (you can read more about how to measure flour here.)

  16. Lauren — May 3, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Just want to say these cookies were great! I made them last week (made half, kept half frozen). Yesterday we baked the second dozen and they are almost gone. My kids love them – even my daughter that doesn’t even usually like cookies! Thanks for a great recipe


    • Erin — May 3, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      I’m happy that your daughter could enjoy the cookies, too! That’s great. :) And good idea on freezing half! Thanks for your comment.

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