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M&M Sugar Cookie Recipe

M&M Sugar Cookie Recipe
Soft, chewey, mouth-watering goodness

By Little Miss Momma’s Momma

When Ashley was a little girl two of her favorite things to do were to go shopping at the mall… and get a BIG cookie.
She always picked the M&M sugar cookie.  Then she would eat all the M&M’s off of it first.  Her little face would be covered with all the colors of the candy melts.

It is funny how history repeats it self.  Now Lil W does almost the same thing…almost.   As soon as he’s bitten off all the M&M’s, he turns himself into the Cookie Monster and crumbles the cookie into a billion bits while yelling Cookie-Cookie yumm yumm yumm!
I’ve had a hard time finding just the right recipe to duplicate the wonderful shopping mall M&M cookies, and I think this one comes pretty close:

I used the Sugar Cookie recipe found in Americas Test Kitchen Family Baking Book on page 158, and then I added some of my own touches.

1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
3 cups M&M’s in place of the 1/2 cup sugar in the books recipe calls for

  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside

1.  In a large bowl, beat on medium speed the soften (room temperature) butter, and sugar.      2.  Until creamy, approx 3 to 6 minutes
3. add vanilla      4.  add eggs and beat until well blended

1-3.  slowly add the flour a little at a time

Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or baking mats. I love baking mats.
Wet your hands and roll about 1 and 1/2 – 2 tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball and place on cookie sheet
Be sure to leave plenty of space between cookies. I only put 8 cookies per cookie sheet

You may need to wash and wet your hands after three or four balls to avoid the dough sticking to your hands

Wash and dry your hands.  Place as many or as few M&M’s as you like to each ball. As you can see we love M&M’s.

Little W couldn’t resist sneaking an M&M while Monkey baked.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.   Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes.  They will be soft and yummy!  Eat and enjoy.
Make some for your little Cookie Monster.

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M&M Sugar Cookie Recipe
 
Soft, chewey, mouth-watering goodness
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Recipe type: Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 and ½ cups sugar
  • 2 and ½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 and ¼ sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups M&M’s
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, salt and baking powder and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat on medium speed the soften (room temperature) butter, and sugar. Beat until creamy, approx 3 to 6 minutes. Add vanilla. Add eggs and beat until well blended.
  4. Then slowly add the flour a little at a time.
  5. Prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.
  6. Wet your hands and roll about 1 and ½ – 2 tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball and place on cookie sheet. Be sure to leave plenty of space between cookies. I only put 8 cookies per cookie sheet. You may need to wash and wet your hands after three or four balls to avoid the dough sticking to your hands.
  7. Place as many or as few M&M’s as you like onto each ball.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes. They will be soft and yummy!

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46 Comments

  • Reply
    Jamie
    October 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    These look absolutely incredible! I love M&M cookies!! :o)

    It is adorable that your son eats the M&Ms off first just like you used to do! I can’t wait to see what little things like that my daughter will pick up from Hubby and I!

    Thanks for posting the recipe – can’t wait to try it!

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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    Beth @ Through the Eyes of the Mrs.
    October 5, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    They look delicious. Now I want to go bake something. xoxo

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    Lindsay
    October 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Ahh those look delicious! Thanks for sharing!
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    Cerrisse
    October 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Yum! I am now in the mood for some m&m’s 🙂

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    Mandi @Mandibeingcrafty
    October 5, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    Those look SO good! Thanks for sharing!

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    casey
    October 6, 2011 at 12:30 am

    yummy yummy yummy and so colorful and fall fun!

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    Nicole @ Miss Mommy
    October 6, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Looks Delicious!. In the cafe’s here, theres always a large glass jar full of these jumbo cookies, and ofcourse the girls always want one. And like you did as you were a child Ashley, my girls eat the M&M’s off first. I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe :). Thanks for sharing. xx

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    Mindy Harris
    October 6, 2011 at 1:03 am

    i am SO making those this weekend. i am a cookie fiend. i have a sugar tooth the size of your state! 🙂

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    ilene
    October 6, 2011 at 2:05 am

    Oh Em Gee. these look soooo good!

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    Lindsay
    October 6, 2011 at 3:00 am

    MMM M&M cookies are my favorite too 🙂

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    Jessica
    October 6, 2011 at 4:18 am

    That’s so funny, I was just asking the kids today if they wanted to make M&M cookies and they said no, maybe tomorrow…they just wanted to eat some M&Ms today. So I let them. I’ll try your recipe tomorrow – I’m sure they’ll love them. Who doesn’t love a big, yummy COOKIE!?

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    ana {bluebirdkisses}
    October 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

    yum!!! I can’t wait until baby J is old enough to bake with his grandma…how cute

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    Wendy
    October 6, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    I got the supplies to make these today! I can’t wait to make them with my 3 year old tomorrow.
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    Heather Studley
    October 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    These are my absolute favorite cookies and I am soooo excited to have a fabulous looking recipe now. Little W sounds adorable when eating the cookies.

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    Anna McCormick
    October 6, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks so much for this recipe. Our friends in Minnesota made them for my brother and I as kids when we came to stay (we LOVED them), but we don’t really get M&M cookies in the UK. In fact, M&M’s are difficult enough to come by these days. I’m definitely going to find some and have a go with my son next week! x

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    kari beth
    October 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    yum-o! pinning these right now 🙂 and making them for my sweet girl this weekend. a good potty-training treat! thanks for sharing!

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    Wholesome Mother
    October 6, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Wow those look great! I can’t wait to make them. I made my M&Ms into lady bugs! Check it out… http://www.wholesomemother.com/2011/10/fall-treat-rice-krispies-oreos-and-m.html

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    Breeann
    October 6, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    Yum!! I love these 🙂

  • Reply
    Jen
    October 7, 2011 at 2:45 am

    my husband has been begging me to make him this type of cookie. now i can! thanks!

  • Reply
    misty
    October 7, 2011 at 4:05 am

    YUM!! I want some now! xo

  • Reply
    Neha
    October 7, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    This looks great! I’ve never tried baking with M&Ms before. Will definitely try out this recipe!

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    hotpants™
    October 8, 2011 at 2:03 am

    Yum!

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    Vivi Kathryn
    October 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    yummuy! i made them!!

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    summer
    October 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    These look so very yummy!

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    Whitney
    May 3, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Made these today for a friend who recently had a baby. They are yummy! I love anything with m&ms and I’ve been looking for a good m&m cookie recipe for awhile. So glad to have finally found one! 🙂

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    Elizabeth
    June 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I am a huge fan of the sugar cookie recipe from America’s Test Kitchen. That recipe is almost identical to this one except this one only calls for 1 1/4 cup of butter instead of 1 3/4 cup of butter. Do you know how the decrease in butter changes the cookie? I am trying to decide if I want to make the cookies with 1 3/4 cups or 1 1/4 cups of butter. I may just split the difference. Any input you have would be very much appreciated.

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    Rachael
    July 17, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    these are awesome cookies! They turned out just like you said they would.

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    Adama N.
    November 18, 2012 at 12:41 am

    I just made these cookies using your recipe! They look and smell great and ohhh do they taste soooo good! Yummy! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Belinda
    May 2, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    How many cookies does the recipe make?

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    Allison
    July 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I baked your cookies today! Thanks so much for the recipe, it turned out great!

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    Sandi
    August 8, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I made these cookies yesterday. I followed the directions to a T. My first batch stayed in roound balls that were under cooked inside. So, I did like I do with my chocolate chip cookies; rolled them into balls and flattened them slightlly. The did not spread AT ALL. So, when they were done in about 20 minutes, I flattened them some more with a spatula. Finally I ended up rolling the balls and flatening ALOT. Still had to bake for 20 minutes. Yes, my oven is accurate. I have a thermometer for it.

    To say the least, I am VERY disappointed with this recipe. Either they called for too much flour or needed some extra moisture from somewhere. I don’t know what I could have done wrong. But I won’t make them again. I’ll use my traditional sugar cookie recipe for cut outs and take it from there.

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    December 24, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I’ve never been a sugar cookie fan, but these are the ABSOLUTE BEST!!!! Thank you so, so much for posting this recipe. Merry Christmas.

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    These cookies are fab!!!! I am a high school student and I love baking little recipes and bring them to my friends! Out of all the recipes I have prepared these are a hit with or without M&Ms! I’m always being ask to make these!

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