Nothing says “party” quite like a hot, chewy, cookie straight out of the oven with a tall glass of cold milk. I can guarantee that you and anyone you make these M&M Valentine Cookies for will love them! Grab your kiddos and let them help you make a batch of these! These M&M Valentine Cookies make great school party treats or even office party treats, or just make up a batch for yourself. These M&M Valentine 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 Valentine cookie box or container with some tissue paper and you have a perfect hostess gift, office party treat, or gift for your child’s school teacher!
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. Also, go ahead and start preheating your oven at 375F.
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! Now that the butter is melted, add in the brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, instant vanilla pudding, baking soda, and vanilla extract.
Stir all of the ingredients vigorously with a spatula until all ingredients are well mixed and the mixture is smooth.
Now it’s time to add the flour to these M&M Valentine Cookies! I add the flour one cup at a time. While I have added it all at once and you can definitely do that, but I have found that it’s much easier to add it in just one cup at a time and stir well in between cups until completely smooth before adding the second cup. It is important to also note that I am using two loose cups of flour – not packed cups. If you pack the cups you will get too much flour in the mixture.
Once the flour is all added into the dough, your cookie dough will be very thick but that’s the way you want it!
Now it’s time for the fun part – 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! This is the part your kids will LOVE helping out on! It’s sort of like playing with play-doh!
Now that the M&M Valentine 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?! M&M Valentine 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 M&M Valentine 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 Valentine 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 sharing 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 have cooled, you can package them up any way you would like to share or eat.
M&M Valentine Cookies
A delicious, fast, and easy chewy cookie recipe perfect for any Valentine's Day party!
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 3.4 oz instant vanilla pudding mix
- 2 cups self rising flour
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated white sugar
- 11.4 oz Valentine M&M's found down the Valentine candy aisle
Preheat oven to 375F and spray a large cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
Melt the butter in a large mixing bowl and add in the eggs, instant vanilla pudding mix, vanilla, baking soda, brown sugar and granulated sugar.
Stir will with a spatula until smooth and no lumps remain.
Add the flour in one cup at a time and stir between until well combined and no lumps remain.
Once all of the flour is added, fold in the M&M's with a spatula or your hands.
Make sure the M&M's are evenly disbursed throughout the dough.
Scoop dough by teaspoon fulls and roll between your hands into a ball. Place the dough on the cooking sheet, about 1/2 -1 inch apart.
Bake for 9 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Immediately transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before packaging up.
Any color or type of M&M's can be used in this recipe to make these cookies suitable for a birthday party, or any holiday!
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