Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies

Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies | #recipe

I’ll be honest… there are very few things that can get me to stray from a plain ol’ chocolate chip cookie… They are (in no particular order): oatmeal and raisins, peanut butter, more chocolate, and candy. That’s really about it. I don’t need things like cinnamon, icing, nuts, or the myriad of other things that are sometimes stuffed inside cookies. Just give me chocolate, oatmeal, peanut butter or candy, and I’m happy.

Admittedly, I wasn’t an M&M freak as a kid, but I grew into a huuuuuuuge Peanut Butter M&M freak in college (not so shocking, I know). My grandma had a habit of keeping whatever she knew we loved stashed away in a tin on her stairway, and there was always a steady supply of peanut butter M&Ms waiting for me. Grandma’s are just the best, aren’t they?

Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies | #recipe

I didn’t eat a lot of M&Ms in cookie form growing up, but now I’m totally enamored by how pretty they are. Perfectly round, soft and chewy cookies, speckled on top with a rainbow of colored candies. Having chocolate in them helps, too, of course.

I adapted Alton Brown’s “The Chewy” recipe to make them M&M friendly and I think they were the absolute perfect base for these. They baked up to the exact thickness and consistency as I was hoping, and were a perfect vehicle for loads of candy-coated chocolates.

Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies | #recipe

With school coming to an end, these cookies would be an awesome snack to have on hand for the kids during the summer, or to bring to summer picnics…

… for the adults, too, of course :)

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Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies

Servings 24 cookies
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Cooling time 10 minutes
Total 45 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Michelle

Perfectly soft and chewy cookies dotted with M&M's.


  • cup
    all-purpose flour
  • ½
    baking soda
  • ½
    kosher salt
  • ½
    unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾
    light brown sugar
  • ¼
    granulated sugar
  • 1
  • 1
    vanilla extract
  • cup
    M&M candies (or combo of M&Ms and chocolate chips)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F; line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

  3. Using an electric mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine, another 1 minute.

  4. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually add the flour mixture, beating until the dough just comes together. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, mix in the M&Ms.

  5. Scoop 2 tablespoons of dough and roll into a ball, placing them 2 inches apart on the baking sheets.

  6. Bake until the edges are set but the cookies are still quite pale, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one cookie


Calories: 214kcal
Fat: 10g
Saturated fat: 6g
Cholesterol: 36mg
Sodium: 155mg
Potassium: 33mg
Carbohydrates: 27g
Sugar: 17g
Protein: 2g
Vitamin A: 275%
Vitamin C: 0.1%
Calcium: 26%
Iron: 0.4%

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