March 23, 2021| By

Chewy M&M Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
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These M&M Cookies are seriously the best M&M cookies you'll ever make! They're soft and buttery on the inside with a slight crunch on the outside making them nice and chewy. The M&Ms also add a nice candy chocolate flavor that makes this truly the perfect cookie!

While you're here, try my Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies and Biscoff Butter Cookies too!

Chewy M&M Cookies laid on a flat surface with M&Ms in a bowl

Yep! These are the best cookies ever. These M&M Cookies are Soft and buttery on the inside, slightly crisp on the outside - and the M&Ms really add a nice candy chocolatey crunch! You really can't go wrong with these cookies.

Oh, in addition, they're really easy to make. Combine all of the ingredients, chill in the refrigerator for a little and bake them up! Just like my Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies and Vanilla Bean Butter Pecan Cookies, these M&M cookies will come out perfectly every time!

Chewy M&M Cookies laid on a flat surface with M&Ms in a bowl

How do you make M&M cookies from scratch?

This M&M Cookie recipe is super simple and is made completely from scratch!

  • Start beating together salted butter that's room temperature with sugar and brown sugar. Add vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Add flour mixture to the sugar mixture and mix together until both are fully incorporated, about 20 seconds. Take ½ cup of M&Ms and fold into the cookie dough. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • After cooling in the refrigerator, preheat the oven to 350 degrees °F. Take two tablespoons of cooking dough in your hand and roll it into a ball.
  • Press about 6-8 M&Ms into the rounded ball and set on a baking sheet. Each cookie ball should be about 2-3 inches apart.
  • Bake for approx 13 minutes. (idk why 13 minutes makes the perfect cookie, but it ensures that the cookie is soft on the inside and has a slight crunch on the outside!) Of course, if you prefer a crunchier cookie, I would recommend baking the cookies for 15 minutes.

Super simple, super delicious 🙂

M&Ms in a bowl

Can I use regular M&Ms for baking?

Yes! For this M and M Cookie recipe, I used milk chocolate M&Ms. I bought the 38 ounce bag from the supermarket and I had a lot leftover. This recipe only calls for 1 ½ cups of M&Ms but of course if you would like to add more, please do!

But yes, you can use regular M&Ms for this recipe but also feel free to experiment with other types! Get creative, have fun. That's what cooking is all about!

Chewy M&M Cookies laid on a flat surface with M&Ms in a bowl

When you cool the cookie dough in the refrigerator prior to baking, it allows the fats in the dough to cool, preventing the cookies from spreading too quickly and becoming flat. It also allows for the flavors of the dough to come together, making a tastier cookies that's truly delicious.

Think of chilling the dough as marinating. When you marinate a meat or vegetables, it becomes more flavorful! The same thing happens with cookie dough, just in a different way.

While the dough is chilling, the flour soaks up the butter and vanilla extract maximizing flavor in every bite. Think of it as concentrating the flavor and making the flavors of the cookies more potent. It's truly like magic if you ask me!

Chewy M&M Cookies up close with other cookies in the background

What do i need to make these chewy M&M cookies?

For these Chewy M&M Cookies, I highly recommend using:

Chewy M&M Cookies laid on a flat surface with M&Ms in a bowl

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Chewy M&M Cookies up close with other cookies in the background

M&M Cookies

These Chewy M&M Cookies are seriously the best cookies you'll ever make! They're soft and buttery on the inside with a slight crunch on the outside making them nice and chewy. The M&Ms also add a nice candy chocolate flavor that makes this truly the perfect cookie!
Serving: 17 cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Calories: 347kcal


  • Stand Mixer
  • Baking Sheet


  • 1 cup salted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 ½ cups M&Ms


  • In a large bowl using a hand mixer or stand mixer using the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar together for about 2 minutes, until fluffy. Add vanilla extract and continue to beat together. Add one egg at a time, beating each egg into the batter until it is fully incorporated.
  • In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Whisk together and mix into the wet ingredients. Fold in ½ cup of M&Ms into the cookie dough using a silicone spatula. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Spoon out 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll into a ball. Press an additional 6-8 M&Ms into each cookie and place on the baking sheet about 2-3 inches apart.
  • Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 13 minutes for soft and chewy cookies and 15 minutes for crunchier cookies. After removing from the oven, let cookies sit on baking sheet for about 2-3 minutes to set and then remove onto a cooling rack to cool for 10 minutes.


Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 403IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    I've baked a lot of different types of cookies from a lot of different bloggers and this competes for top 2 recipes every time. They look good. They're classics. They're the perfect combo of crunchy and soft. MAJOR crowd pleasers. Letting the dough set in the fridge makes a big difference and very easy recipe otherwise.

  2. 5 stars
    I have made A LOT of cookies in my lifetime, and I can say with complete confidence that these are the absolute best cookies I've ever had. I don't think I need to ever try another cookie recipe again. These were absolutely incredible!

  3. 5 stars
    These are even better than the M&M cookies from my local bakery and surprisingly easy! Stashed some dough in the fridge for later.

  4. 5 stars
    These were perfect! The chewy cookie with the candy crunch is such a delicious contrast! I'm making this again this weekend!

  5. 5 stars
    I loved these colorful beauties so much and it was very fun making them with my nephew!! We will def do it again!

  6. 5 stars
    My best friend is obsessed with M&Ms so I just had to make her these cookies! She literally loved them and couldn't get enough! I enjoyed them as well. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    These reminded me so much of my favorite grocery store cookies, just better! I'm also not the best baker, so I loved the fact that these were pretty fool-proof, even for someone like me who never makes cookies right!

  8. 5 stars
    You took me back to my childhood with this recipe Britney! M&M cookies are my favorite! My favorite aunt used to make them for me. This recipe is just as delicious as hers. Thanks for walking me down memory lane!

  9. 5 stars
    Easy to make and so delicious! 13 minutes did make the perfect cookie!! Crunchy outsides but still soft on the inside.

  10. 5 stars
    These cookies came out perfect. In fact, you may have converted me from classic chocolate chip to preferring M&M's! SO GOOD. Can't wait to make these for every holiday with all the different colors!

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