I’d say M&M Christmas Cookies are just about as popular as the much-loved chocolate chip cookie, in every age group. The fun advantage here is being able to alter the festive colors depending on the occasion, such as pastel M&Ms for Easter; red, white and blue for patriotic holidays; and of course the red and green ones for Christmas!
They are so simple to make, taste great, and sure to be a crowd pleaser—or even just a “you” pleaser. When baked and cooled, these treats have a slightly chewy center and crisp edges. To make them very soft, bake to the minimum amount of time.
Oh, and these might just be the ticket to leave for Santa as he delivers his packages on Christmas Eve…
M&M Christmas Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 10 oz. red and green M&M’s
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- In a stand mixer, mix sugar and butter until smooth.
- Add in the eggs, and vanilla until thoroughly blended.
- Add flour, salt, and baking soda to creamed mixture. Blend well.
- Remove bowl from mixture and hand-stir in about 7-8 ounces of the M&Ms.
- Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes.
- Drop dough by teaspoonful at least 2″ apart onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper (which I forgot to do, so the cookies stuck a bit to the pan). Slightly push a few candies on top of each with remaining 2-3 ounces of M&Ms.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until a light golden brown.
- Remove sheets from oven and let cookies sit about one minute to stiffen some; then move them to a rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
And if you’re a peanut butter and chocolate fanatic, these festive Peanut Butter and Chocolate Extravaganzas with Ganache Filling cookies sporting Christmas colored M&Ms nestled in the ganache crown, are a must-try. You can find the recipe in my blog “How Sweet It is”, just scroll down toward the bottom of the post. I’ve been making them every holiday season because they are clearly a show-stopping favorite…