Christmas M&M’s Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch


5 dozen

Updated: Apr. 08, 2023
These M&M Christmas cookies make any cookie platter feel festive. Swap in pastel M&M's for Easter and orange and brown for Halloween. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
Christmas M&M's Cookies Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (10 ounces) red and green milk chocolate M&M's


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in M&M's.
  2. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

M&M Christmas Cookies Tips

Can you use regular M&M's for baking?

Yes, you can use regular M&M's for baking.The candy shell of the M&M will prevent it from becoming a melted mess—they'll only melt in your mouth. Try switching things up by swapping plain M&M's for different M&M varieties like mint, caramel or peanut. If you have any leftover M&M's to spare, use them up in these M&M cookie recipes.

How do I store M&M Christmas cookies?

Like most Christmas cookie recipes, these M&M cookies should be stored in an airtight bag or container. They’ll last for about three days when stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature and three months when stored in the freezer. Follow our cookie storage guide for more tips.

How do I turn these M&M Christmas cookies into bars?

Follow our Loaded M&M Oreo Cookie Bars recipe to make M&M Christmas cookie bars! Just omit the Oreo cookies. (Find even more cookie bar ideas.)

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 91 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 15mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.