M & M Cookie Recipe

This M&M Cookie Recipe takes your classic chocolate chip cookie to new heights with lots of colourful candy-coated chocolate! A soft homemade cookie with a crispy outer edge never tasted so good!

5 cookies stacked with 1 leaning against them and milk in small bottle with a straw.

Sometimes all you need is a really good cookie to make your day. There’s nothing fussy or fancy about this recipe, it’s just simply delicious. Take your basic chocolate cookies recipe, give it some crispy golden edges, a melt-in-your-mouth bite, and add some fun colourful candy-coated chocolate M&Ms to top it off, and bam!

These chocolate chip monster cookies are as fun to make as they are to eat. They’re adorable, they’re colourful and they’re one of the best tasting cookies out there. Plus, the smell of freshly baked cookies right out of the oven is not something to ever pass up!

Baked m&m cookies on a wire rack.

What’s neat is that you can take this recipe and use it for any occasion. A simple swap of colors is all it needs to go from birthday party rainbow to Christmas red or Halloween orange!

This m&m cookie recipe is the perfect quick and easy recipe for baking with kids. It requires minimal chill time so you won’t have to suffer through kids chomping at the bit to get their hands on one. These keep really well in the freezer so make a double batch and freeze some for later. Believe me, if you’re hoping for leftovers of the first batch, there won’t be any!

How to Make Them

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla and continue beating until combined. Add in the flour mixture and beat on low until almost combined.

The whisked dry ingredients and beaten wet ingredients in bowls. Dry ingredients & wet mixed together in mixing bowl. M&ms in a small bowl and on a tablespoon spoon.

Add the m&ms and chocolate chips and fold in to incorporate. You can do this by hand at this point if you’d like.

Drop spoonfuls of batter on a prepared baking sheet and I like to add a few extra m&ms to the top of the dough for presentation.

M&ms mixed into the batter & scoops on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Refrigerate while the oven is preheating then bake until edges are golden. Allow cooling on the sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Baked cookies on a parchment paper cookie sheet.

Let me know what you think!

Tips for Making the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies with M&Ms

  • For even baking make sure to bring your ingredients to room temperature. Don’t forget to soften your butter!
  • I use milk chocolate chips, but you can use whichever you like.
  • Mini m&ms are not a must, but it does allow you to add more into each individual cookie.
  • Don’t skimp on the brown sugar. Soft, fresh brown sugar gives these cookies great flavour, but it also helps to keep them soft and moist.
  • Using a cookie scoop or ice cream scoop will help you get just the right amount of dough for each cookie. Having even-sized cookies will also guarantee even baking throughout each one.
  • If you’ve forgotten to add the extra m&ms just before baking, you can still do it once they’ve just come out of the oven while they are a bit soft.
  • Don’t love m&ms? Swap for smarties instead!
Cookies stacked and one leaning, with one cut in half & a small bottle of milk with a red straw in it.


Are there any other add-ins I can use for these cookies?

What’s great about a simple cookie recipe is that you can jazz it up for special occasions. Use red and green M&Ms for Christmas cookies or orange and brown for Halloween. Red works for Valentine’s day, and green would be cute for St Patrick’s day. Chopped nuts would be great, pecans, or walnuts for an added crunchy texture. Swap the chocolate chips for white chocolate chips or toffee bits for a bit of a different flavour.

How to store them

If you happen to have any leftovers after day 1 (don’t worry, you won’t), they’ll last in an airtight container on your counter for about a week.

Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time?

You can. It will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days before you’ll need to transfer it to the freezer. Keep it wrapped in plastic wrap and place it in a freezer-friendly bag. It should keep for about 3 months.

Can I freeze them once they’re baked?

These cookies are great for freezing. If you’ve made more than enough, freeze some for up to 3 months! Allow thawing at room temperature.

If you are looking for a delicious thick cookies then this is the one for you! Let me know if you try it.

5 cookies stacked with 1 leaning against them and milk in small bottle with a straw.
5 cookies stacked with 1 leaning against them and milk in small bottle with a straw.

M&M Cookie Recipe

This M&M Cookie Recipe takes your classic chocolate chip cookie to new heights. A soft homemade cookie everyone will love!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Chilling Time 15 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cookies


  • cup all purpose flour (11+ protein content)
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • ½ cup butter (softened)
  • ½ cup brown sugar packed
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup mini m&ms
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate)


  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  • In the mixer or large bowl beat on medium speed the butter and sugars until fluffy approximately 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat to combine, add the flour and beat on low, when almost combined add the m&ms and chocolate chips and combine either on low speed or by hand.
  • Using either a soup spoon or ice cream scoop drop spoonfuls of batter on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. If desired add a few m&ms to the top of the dough. Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes, while the oven is pre-heating.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C).
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are golden. Let cool on cookie sheet for approximately 10 minutes then move to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!
Keyword chocolate chip cookies, m&m cookie recipe, monster cookies
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