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M&M Christmas Cookies

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Soft and chewy with red and green pops of festive colors make these M&M Christmas cookies the best holiday treat!
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  1. M&M CHRISTMAS COOKIES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS M&M CHRISTMAS COOKIES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Whip up a batch of festive M&M Christmas cookies this holiday season. These cookies have soft chewy centers, bursts of rich chocolate chips and bright festive pops of Christmas colors from everyone’s favorite chocolate candy.

Try out more of our favorite Christmas cookies with our Christmas pinwheels and Christmas sugar cookies.

M&M CHRISTMAS COOKIES INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted sweet cream butter, softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup red and green M&M’s + additional for tops of cookies

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: You can substitute milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips for the semi-sweet in these chocolate chip cookies.

MIX-INS: You can substitute mini chocolate chips and mini M&M’s for the regular size in this holiday cookie recipe.

COLORS: If you wish to make these cookies year round, just swap out the red & green M&M candies for multi-colored ones. Or you can support your favorite sports team and use the team colors for your M&M’s.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS M&M CHRISTMAS COOKIES RECIPE

STEP ONE: Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and baking soda. Set it aside.

STEP TWO: In the bowl of a stand mixer, or a medium-sized mixing bowl and a hand mixer on medium-high speed, beat the softened butter for 1 minute.

STEP THREE: Add the brown sugar and the white sugar, continue mixing for 1 to 1½ minutes.

STEP FOUR: Add the vanilla extract and egg. Continue mixing until completely combined.

STEP FIVE: Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined.

PRO TIP:

Make sure not to overmix the dough or your cookies will flatten out too much.

STEP SIX: Fold in the chocolate chips and M&M’s. 

STEP SEVEN: Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray. 

PRO TIP:

Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper will make for easy cleanup!

STEP EIGHT: Using a 3 tablespoon large cookie scoop, scoop cookie dough onto the parchment-lined baking sheet leaving just minimal space between the balls of cookie dough, so that they aren’t touching. 

STEP NINE: Place your sheet of cookie dough balls into the freezer so that it is flat with nothing on top that will flatten your cookie dough balls. Freeze your cookie dough balls for at least 30 minutes but can freeze up to overnight.

STEP TEN: Preheat your oven to 350°F. While your oven is preheating, remove the sheet of frozen cookie dough balls. Prepare two other cookie sheets with parchment paper. Separate the frozen cookie dough balls onto the prepared cookie sheet (you can use the frozen sheet, too!). Place the cookie dough balls 2 inches apart. 

STEP ELEVEN: Bake the frozen cookie dough balls for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden brown and the center of the cookie is just set.

STEP TWELVE: When cookies are done, remove from the oven and be careful of the hot pan, place 6 to 8 extra M&M’s on top of each warm cookie, gently pressing into the baked cookie. 

PRO TIP:

It’s best to add the additional M&M’s on top of the cookies after baking so they don’t bleed into the cookie dough.

STEP THIRTEEN: Allow the baked cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

HOW TO SERVE

These easy and chewy cookies are perfect this time of year for cookie exchanges or a holiday party. The red and green will make your cookie tray extra festive. If you want to keep them to yourself, make sure to serve them with a glass of milk or whipped hot chocolate.

STORAGE

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these delicious cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months. Once your dough balls have frozen, you will just transfer them to a freezer bag. You can bake a batch of cookies, from frozen any time you wish to have a fresh, hot cookie.

The frozen balls of dough can be removed from the cookie sheet and placed into a freezer ziplock bag. When ready to bake cookies follow the directions above starting at step 10.

Chewy M&M Christmas cookies are a fun and festive holiday cookie. They are perfect for holiday cookie exchanges or enjoying with a warm and cozy drink. They would even be a welcome treat when Santa comes to visit.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Should I use chocolate or peanut M&M’s for these cookies?

These homemade Christmas cookies are best using chocolate M&M’s instead of peanuts but you can use either if you’d like. There are also other flavors including caramel and peanut butter that would be yummy too.

Can I freeze these Christmas M&M cookies?

You can freeze these cookies in an airtight container for up to three months.

Do I have to chill the dough in this recipe?

Chilling the dough is an important step in this recipe so that these chocolate chip M&M Christmas cookies come out with the best texture.

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M&M Christmas Cookies

5 from 1 vote
Soft and chewy with red and green pops of festive colors make these M&M Christmas cookies the best holiday treat!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 22 minutes
Servings 14

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted sweet cream butter softened
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg room temperature
  • 1 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup red and green M&M’s plus additional for tops of cookies

Instructions
 

  • Using a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and baking soda. Set it aside.
  • Using a stand mixer, or a medium-sized mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat the softened butter for 1 minute.
  • Add the brown sugar and the granulated sugar, continue mixing for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.
  • Add the vanilla extract and egg. Continue mixing until completely combined.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix just until combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips and M&M’s.
  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Using a 3 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out the cookie dough onto the prepared cookie sheet leaving just minimal space between the balls of cookie dough, just so they aren’t touching.
  • Place your sheet of cookie dough balls into the freezer so that it is flat with nothing on top that will flatten your cookie dough balls. Freeze your cookie dough balls for at least 30 minutes but can freeze up to overnight.
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. While your oven is preheating , remove the sheet of frozen cookie dough balls. Prepare two other cookie sheets with parchment paper. Separate the frozen cookie dough balls onto the prepared cookie sheet (you can use the frozen sheet too!). Place the cookie dough balls 2 inches apart.
  • Bake the frozen cookie dough balls for 16 to 18 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden and the center of the cookie is just set.
  • When cookies are done, remove from the oven and being careful of the hot pan, place 6 to 8 extra M&Ms on top of each warm cookie gently pressing into the baked cookie.
  • Allow the cookies to rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Notes

PRO TIP: Make sure not to overmix the dough or your cookies will flatten out too much.
 
PRO TIP: Lining your baking sheet with parchment paper will make for easy cleanup!
PRO TIP: It’s best to add the additional M&M’s on top of the cookies after baking so they don’t bleed into the cookie dough.

Nutrition

Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 464IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 2mg
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