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Easy M&M Christmas Cookies

This photo is of a red, round, Christmas tin that has writing and gingerbread men all over it. The Christmas tin is filled with Easy M&M Christmas Cookies with the lid off and laying to the side. Three Christmas cookies, one with a bite taken out of it are sitting outside of the Christmas tin. Everything is sitting on a wooden backdrop and a red, green, and black tartan cloth is wrapped behind the Christmas tin.

 

Easy M&M Cookie Recipe

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, the smells of Easy M&M Christmas CookiesΒ wafted about…

I can remember Christmas Eve night as a child, staying up late with my mom as we made Easy M&M Christmas Cookies for Dad (aka Santa) to eat the next morning.

Oh the fun we had making cookies, listening to old Christmas Carols, and wondering what Santa might bring the next morning.


Mom used to take me outside at night and we would look up into the sky for Santa’s sleigh and Rudolph.

Anytime a plane would pass with a blinking red light she would tell me it was Rudolph’s nose blinking as he made his last minute Christmas deliveries.

Nothing says “Christmas” quite like a hot, chewy, cookie straight out of the oven with a tall glass of cold milk.

I can guarantee that 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!

 

Easy M&M Christmas cookies are piled into a round, red Christmas tin that has gingerbread men and writing on it. The lid is off of the tin and sitting on the right hand side. Three cookies are sitting outside of the tin and are barely visible in the lower part of the frame. Everything is sitting on a wooden backdrop and a red, green, and black tartan cloth is wrapped behind the Christmas tin.

Easy Christmas Cookie Recipe

Let’s start making these Christmas Cookies by melting the butter.

You’ll need 1 1/2 sticks of real butter, melted until completely liquefied.

Β I like to use 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 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated white sugar, 2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

 

A clear glass mixing bowl with two eggs inside along with brown sugar, white granulated sugar, melted butter, and vanilla extract.

How to Make M&M Cookies

Use a whisk to stir all of the ingredients together and beat the eggs into the other ingredients.

As you whisk, make sure all of the ingredients combine well and that no lumps remain.

 

A clear mixing bowl with brown sugar, eggs, white granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and melted butter whisked together. The whisk is resting in the bowl on the right hand side.

M&M Cookies from Scratch

Now that the first four ingredients are mixed well, add in one, 3.4 ounce box of Instant Vanilla Pudding mix.

This Instant Vanilla Pudding makes the cookies SO moist and chewy!

Stir the dry instant pudding mix into the cookie dough and then add in 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

 

A small glass mixing bowl with vanilla instant pudding mix, brown sugar, white granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and melted butter whisked together. A small amount of baking soda has been added to the bowl but not whisked in and the whisk is resting on the right hand side of the bowl.

M&M Christmas Cookies Made Easy

Give the cookie dough another good whisk and make sure it’s all smooth because now it’s time to add the flour!

Add in 2 cups of self rising flour.

 

Easy M&M Christmas Cookie batter with two cups of self rising flour that has been added in but not stirred. The ingredients are in a small, clear glass bowl.

 

Stir the Flour into the Cookie Dough

I add all of the flour at once and then stir like my life depends on it.

This batter is going to be very thick so you will need to stir really well until no lumps remain.

 

Easy M&M Christmas Cookie dough in a small clear, glass bowl with a white mixing spoon resting in the right hand side of the bowl. The dough has been stirred and is in the bowl.

 

Easy M&M Cookies

Now we are at the last step of this recipe – adding the M&M’s!

I added red and green Christmas themed chocolate M&M’s to my Easy M&M Christmas Cookies.

If you’re having trouble finding these Holiday themed M&M colors, they can usually be found down the seasonal Christmas aisle in the grocery store.

 

A small, clear glass mixing bowl with cookie dough batter in the bowl with red and green M&M's being poured into the bowl from a red M&M bag coming out of the right hand side of the frame. A white mixing spoon is resting in the right hand side of the bowl.

 

Christmas Style M&M Cookies

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! πŸ˜‰

This is the part your kids will LOVE helping out on! It’s sort of like playing with play-doh!

 

A white hand is coming out of the left hand side of the frame and is folding the red and green M&M's into the cookie dough that is in the glass mixing bowl.

 

Making the Perfect Christmas Cookies

Once the M&M’s have been mixed well and folded into the cookie dough, grab a teaspoon.

I think it’s important to note here that I used an actual teaspoon – not a measuring spoon.

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.

 

A white hand is coming out of the left hand side of the frame, holding a rounded teaspoon filled with Easy M&M Christmas Cookie dough. A clear glass mixing bowl is beneath the hand and is filled with the cookie dough.

 

How to Get Perfectly Sized M&M Christmas Cookies

When I scoop the dough onto my teaspoon, I don’t level the teaspoon off.

So really, this is a slightly heaping teaspoon of dough that I’m using here.

I like to take the cookie dough off of the teaspoon and then roll it in a ball between both of my hands.

 

A white hand is coming out of the left hand side of the frame and is holding a ball of uncooked Christmas Cookie dough in it. A silver baking sheet is visible on the counter underneath the hand.

 

Baking the M&M Cookies

Place each cookie dough ball onto a greased large cookie sheet.

Be sure to space the cookies out slightly so that they don’t run into each other as they become soft and bake.

I’m using a very large cookie sheet here so keep in mind if you have a smaller, standard sized one you may need to bake 2-3 separate batches.

 

A silver sheet pan is sitting on a white stove top and filled with Easy M&M Christmas Cookie dough that are unbaked and rolled into balls.

 

Chewy M&M Cookies

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.

 

A large, silver sheet pan lined with Christmas Cookie dough balls is placed in an oven that is turned on.

 

Soft Batch Christmas Cookies

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!) πŸ˜‰

 

A large, silver cookie sheet filled with baked Easy M&M Christmas Cookies, sitting on a white stove top.

 

Allow the M&M Christmas Cookies to Cool

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.

 

Three dozen baked Easy M&M Christmas Cookies on a black cooling rack that has been placed on a black, granite counter top.

 

Easy M&M Christmas Cookies Make a Delicious Holiday Gift

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 gifts for school teacher’s, post master’s friends, family, and well, anybody – because who doesn’t love cookies?!

 

Easy M&M Christmas cookies are piled into a round, red Christmas tin that has gingerbread men and writing on it. The lid is off of the tin and sitting on the right hand side. Three cookies are sitting outside of the tin and are barely visible in the lower part of the frame. Everything is sitting on a wooden backdrop and a red, green, and black tartan cloth is wrapped behind the Christmas tin.

 

I don’t know how it happened, but the year has flown by and Christmas is just around the corner.

I hope you take time to stop and enjoy the Christmas season this year.

Give someone a hug, pay it forward, and share a Christmas Cookie with a friend. You would be surprised how much such a simple act can brighten someone’s day!

I hope you have enjoyed following along as I made some of our favorite cookies and shared some of my special memories with you.

May you all have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

-Amy

 

 

This photo is of a red, round, Christmas tin that has writing and gingerbread men all over it. The Christmas tin is filled with Easy M&M Christmas Cookies with the lid off and laying to the side. Three Christmas cookies, one with a bite taken out of it are sitting outside of the Christmas tin. Everything is sitting on a wooden backdrop and a red, green, and black tartan cloth is wrapped behind the Christmas tin.
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Easy M&M Christmas Cookies

Easy M&M Christmas Cookies are a chewy and delicious cookie that is fast and easy to make, perfect for any Holiday occasion! 

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Christmas Cookies, Easy M&M Christmas Cookies, M&M Cookies
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Author Amy - The Speedy Spatula

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted 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

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F and spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Place the butter in a large microwave safe bowl and warm in the microwave for about 1 minute and 30 seconds or until melted.

  3. Add both sugars, the eggs, and vanilla extract to the melted butter and whisk well. 

  4. Whisk in the baking soda and instant vanilla pudding mix. Whisk until well blended and no lumps remain.

  5. Add the flour and stir well until no lumps remain. 

  6. 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.

  7. Place each ball of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet and bake for 9 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

  8. Remove immediately from oven and transfer to a wired cooling rack. 

  9. Serve once cooled or place in airtight containers for storage. 

Recipe Notes

NOTE: I use a teaspoon (not a measuring spoon) to shape the dough into cookie balls. The teaspoon is not leveled, but slightly heaping.Β 

Shared atΒ What’s for Dinner

Shared atΒ Weekend Potluck

Also shared atΒ Full Plate Thursday

View atΒ Foodie Friday

Also shared atΒ Meal Plan Monday

Shared atΒ Holiday Cookie Exchange

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    DeDe
    December 6, 2017 at 8:49 am

    Really pretty post!

    • Reply
      amywhitfield
      December 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm

      Thank you! I love how easy and perfect this recipe turns out every time!

  • Reply
    Karly
    November 30, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    Yum! These are super cute!

  • Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    December 2, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Easy is always good – Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party – hope your week is great! Would love to see these at our Great Cookie Exchange too!

    • Reply
      Amy - The Speedy Spatula
      December 2, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      I agree! Especially during such a busy time as the Christmas Season! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  • Reply
    Helen at the Lazy Gastronome
    December 7, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Thanks for sharing at the great cookie exchange!

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