Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, the smells of Easy M&M Christmas Cookies 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 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. 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 a big help for me since I’m also the dishwasher around my house!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Christmas Style M&M Cookies
I like to fold the M&M’s in my 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! This is the part your kids will LOVE helping out on! It’s sort of like playing with play-doh!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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 teachers, post master’s friends, family, and well, anybody – because who doesn’t love cookies?!
I don’t know how it happened, but the year has flown by and Christmas is just around the corner.
I hope you take the 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!
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!
- 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
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 soda 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.
Serve once cooled or place in airtight containers for storage.
NOTE: I use a teaspoon (not a measuring spoon) to shape the dough into cookie balls. The teaspoon is not leveled, but slightly heaping.