Nothing says “Christmas” quite like a hot, chewy, cookie straight out of the oven with a tall glass of cold milk. I can guarantee you and Santa Claus both will love these Easy M&M Christmas Cookies! Grab your kiddos and let them help you make a batch of these! Santa isn’t the only one that will be eating cookies and milk this Christmas Eve. These Easy M&M Christmas Cookies happen to be my little man’s favorite cookies and it’s not hard to see why! They’re chewy, delicious, and oh so easy to make. These cookies also make a great gift! Just package these dandies up in a nice Holiday tin with some tissue paper and you have a perfect hostess gift, office party treat, or gift for your child’s school teacher!
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I like to start out by laying all of my ingredients out. It just makes the baking process so much easier when I have everything I need readily available. (The recipes calls for 1 1/2 sticks of butter – my other 1/2 stick is hiding in this photo so don’t let that confuse you!)
Now that the ingredients are laid out, the first thing I like to do is grab a large mixing bowl (one that’s microwave safe) and toss in the butter. Melt the butter in the microwave for about 1 minute or a little over. Just until the butter is melted. If it all doesn’t melt, just whisk it a few times and it should melt right away.
I like to melt the butter in the same bowl I’m using to mix all of the ingredients in because it cuts down on the dirty dishes and let’s be honest, baking usually requires dirtying up multiple dishes and utensils. Anything that will reduce the dirty dishes is big help for me since I’m also the dish washer around my house! haha! Now that the butter is melted, add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.
Beat all of the above ingredients together with a spoon.
Now that the ingredients are mixed together, whisk them well with a hand whisker to remove any lumps and to ensure they’re combined well.
Now that the first four ingredients are blended well, add in the instant pudding mix. This makes the cookies SO moist and chewy!
Stir the dry instant pudding mix into the cookie dough and then add the baking soda.
Give the cookie dough another good whisk and make sure it’s all smooth because now it’s time to add the flour!
I add all of the flour at once and then stir like a crazy person until it’s all blended really well and no lumps remain.
This cookie dough will be thick – that’s the way you want it! Now we are at the last step of this recipe – adding the M&M’s!
I like to fold the M&M’s in by hand. I find that it’s so much easier to mix this in by hand than it is by spoon. The M&M’s just blend into the dough so much easier and faster if you use your fingers. (Just make sure you wash those fingers really well first! haha! This is the part your kids will LOVE helping out on! It’s sort of like playing with play-doh!
Once the M&M’s have been mixed well and folded into the cookie dough, it should look like this:
Now that the Easy M&M Christmas Cookies batter is complete, scoop it up by teaspoon fulls in order to shape the cookie dough into balls.
I like to take the cookie dough off of the teaspoon and then roll it in a ball between both of my hands.
Place each cookie dough ball onto a greased large cookie sheet. I’m using this Airbake Cookie Sheet (affiliate link) to bake my cookies on and I absolutely love this cookie sheet! All of my cookie sheets are Airbake Brand. They always bake my cookies evenly without burning them. This one is the perfect size as well since it’s larger than a standard cookie sheet – I cook three dozen cookies at a time on this little gem!
Now isn’t that a beautiful sight?! Easy M&M Christmas Cookies coming right up! Pop these little morsels into an oven that’s been preheated at 375F and bake for 9 minutes.
The awaited and highly anticipated moment has arrived! Your house smells fabulous and it’s time to remove the Easy M&M Christmas Cookies from the oven! Remove the cookies carefully since they will be very hot! (This is the part you DON’T want your kids helping you with!)
There you have it! Three dozen absolutely perfect Christmas cookies! I have made this recipe at least a hundred times (it’s our favorite!) and it never fails me. I also love that these cookies make enough to eat and share with a friend! The only thing better than eating a cookie yourself is eating one with a friend or your happy munchkins.
Now that the cookies have been safely removed from the oven, place immediately on a wire cooling rack.
Once the cookies are cooled, you can add a few to a cute Christmas tin and share! I like to add some tissue paper to the bottom of the Christmas tin and then place the cookies inside. These Easy M&M Christmas Cookies make the perfect gift for school teacher’s, post master’s friends, family, and well, anybody – because who doesn’t love cookies?!
I hope you have enjoyed following along as I made some of our favorite cookies.
May you all have a blessed and Merry Christmas!
Easy M&M Christmas Cookies
A chewy cookie that your whole family will enjoy!
- 1 1/2 sticks butter melted
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 1 3.4oz vanilla instant pudding mix
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 cups self rising flour
- 11.40 oz red & green M&M's
Preheat oven to 375F and spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the butter in a large microwave safe bowl and warm in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds or until melted.
Add both sugars, the eggs, and vanilla extract to the melted butter and whisk well.
Whisk in the baking powder and instant vanilla pudding mix. Whisk until well blended and no lumps remain.
Add the flour and stir well until no lumps remain.
Fold in the M&M's by hand and then scoop the dough by teaspoon fulls into your palm and roll into a small ball.
Place each ball of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet and bake for 9 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Remove immediately from oven and transfer to a wired cooling rack.
Recipe comes to 4 Smart Points for one cookie. Recipe Yields 36 cookies.