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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I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. 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!

    For Love of Cupcakes

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

  3. Ahh those look delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Yum! I am now in the mood for some m&m’s :)

  5. Those look SO good! Thanks for sharing!

  6. yummy yummy yummy and so colorful and fall fun!

  7. 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

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

  9. Oh Em Gee. these look soooo good!

  10. MMM M&M cookies are my favorite too :)

  11. 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!?

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

  13. I got the supplies to make these today! I can’t wait to make them with my 3 year old tomorrow.

  14. 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.

  15. Anna McCormick says:

    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

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

  17. 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

  18. Yum!! I love these :)

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

  20. YUM!! I want some now! xo

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

  22. Yum!

  23. yummuy! i made them!!

  24. These look so very yummy!

  25. Whitney says:

    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! :)

  26. Elizabeth says:

    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.

  27. Rachael says:

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

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

  29. Belinda says:

    How many cookies does the recipe make?

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


  31. 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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