Christmas M&M Cookies - my favorite chocolate chip cookie gets all dressed up for the holidays! The addition of bright red and green M&M's makes them Santa's favorite cookie! No chilling required, which is a bonus if you make them with kids!
December is here and it's time to decide what cookies will Santa find on the plate by the fireplace this year. For my kids, this is a very important decision. Reindeer - that's easy. They love carrots and oats. But Santa - he needs a special treat. After all, he spends the whole night in cold, flying all over the world, delivering presents. That needs to be appreciated. That's exactly what these Christmas M&M Cookies are. We all know that classic chocolate chip cookie is always a winner. Especially one that is soft and chewy and packed with gooey, melty chocolate. But add red and green M&M's and bam! Santa didn't expect that!
- all-purpose flour
- instant vanilla pudding mix
- baking soda
- unsalted butter
- granulated sugar
- brown sugar
- large egg
- vanilla extract
- almond extract
- red and green M&M candy
- chocolate chips, any kind
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter for 30 seconds. Add both sugars and beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
In another mixing bowl, whisk together flour, pudding mix, soda and salt.
Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture and mix with an electric mixer until almost incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, add chocolate chips and M&M's (reserving some) and stir in until well mixed.
Scoop the cookie dough with a medium (1 and ½ tablespoon) cookie scoop. Roll into balls and place on prepared cookie sheet. Press reserved chocolate chips and M&M's onto the balls.
Bake cookies for 9 to 11 minutes (10 minutes was the magic number for me).
No chilling the dough
I always bake cookies with my kids. Especially during the holidays. They love to be involved! Besides what kid can resist colorful M&M's? If you ever baked cookies with kids, you know that they expect to eat the cookies as soon as they are safe to handle. For that reason (and let's be real, when I want a cookie - I want it now), I tend to avoid recipes that require chilling the dough for hours or worse, overnight. Sure, they may come out thicker. I just don't have the patience.
Can I freeze this cookie dough?
Yes! You can make the dough, scoop it out and freeze on a baking sheet. Then place in a ziploc bag and store in your freezer for up to 4 months. Take out as many as you need and bake.
- butter: Make sure your butter is so soft, you have to use a butter knife to scrape it off the wrapper. It will cream better.
- candy: My trick to give them pretty "faces" is to save few M&M's and chocolate chips and press them to already formed cookie balls, on the baking sheet, ready to be placed in the oven.
- pudding mix: The base dough is my very favorite. I love using vanilla pudding mix in my cookie dough as it helps to produce soft but not cakey cookies. It enhances the vanilla flavor in combination with a good pure vanilla extract.
More Christmas cookies and candy:
- Rolo Pretzel Bites
- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies
- Molasses Cookies
- Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies
- Oreo Fudge
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Christmas M&M Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened to room temperature, 1 stick
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ¾ cup cups all-purpose flour
- 1 3.5 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup red and green M&M's
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Line a baking sheet with Silpat silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter for 30 seconds. Add both sugars and beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
- In another mixing bowl, whisk together flour, pudding mix, soda and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter sugar mixture and mix with an electric mixer until almost incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula or a wooden spoon, add chocolate chips and M&M's (reserving some) and stir in until well mixed.
- Scoop the cookie dough with a medium (1 and ½ tablespoon) cookie scoop. Roll into balls and place on prepared cookie sheet, spacing them 2" apart.
- Press reserved chocolate chips and M&M's onto the balls.
- Bake cookies for 9 to 11 minutes (10 minutes was the magic number for me). Cool for 2 minutes on the sheet, then transfer onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
- The finished dough tends to be crumbly but it should come together when rolled into balls in your hands. For less crumbly dough, use 1 and ¾ cups of flour.
- Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with
This recipe was originally published on December 4th, 2015 and updated on November 30th, 2019.