M&M Cookies

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  • The best M&M Cookies that are bakery quality, without a lot of effort! Get the secrets that make these M and M Cookies better than the rest!

    M&M cookies

    Ani has been talking for weeks about her “special day.” It’s the day that she was assigned to celebrate her birthday at Parent’s Day Out. She was so excited to bring treats to share with her friends. Like a lot of kids, she requested M&M cookies! Because I am a cookie-obsessed adult, who am I to argue with her choice? What’s better than a classic?

    What Make This The Best M&M Cookie Recipe

    I’ve been making M&M cookies for years, but I knew they could be even BETTER. Therefore, I decided to mix it up a little bit and update my M&M cookie recipe to truly take them up a notch. One of my many obsessions is brown butter – it enhances the flavor of any recipe that calls for butter and in cookies with brown sugar, it creates a toffee-like taste while maintaining a soft, chewy texture.

    As a result of this additional step, these cookies truly stack up to bakery M and M cookies. We’ve been making them frequently ever since, because our friends and family always request them! They are a rich, chocolatey cookie that is light and fluffy in texture. You’re going to want to follow along and make these for your friends and family, I promise. Just be sure to have a “share plan” in place so you don’t eat every last one.

    M&M Cookies - get the tips for bakery style cookies


    Tips to make bakery style M&M cookies

    What Readers Say About This M and M Cookie Recipe

    • Sue says: “Omg!!! The browned butter totally changes it! We LOVED them! I used the small Pampered Chef scoop and got 50 med sized cookies. They were perfect, thanks for another great recipe!”
    • DG says: “Thank you for this amazing recipe. Made these for my family yesterday and they did not last the night. Making batch two tonight 🙂 the flavor of the dough is really wonderful, the browned butter definitely brings out the rich caramel flavor in the brown sugar without making it super sweet. Will definitely be adding this to my cookie rotation!”
    • David B says: “Just made these today to use up leftover Halloween candy. I got 21 balls and was firmly convinced that there was NO way they’d flatten out like a cookie from a frozen state in only 12 minutes. And then a miracle occurred. These are really good!”

    Common Questions About M&M Cookies

    • Cynthia asks: “What does “crack with sea salt” mean??” answer: I always use sea salt that comes in a grinder – the thick flakes are full of flavor. Maybe this is my secret to consistently great cookies? Enjoy!
    • Robert asks on Pinterest: “Can I add peanut butter to these cookies?” Robert, while I agree that this sounds delicious, don’t add it to this particular recipe! It will throw your oil ratio off and therefore it really might not work well. Above all, I promise you’ll love these just as they are!
    • Katie asks: “Do you have to put these in the freezer?” Katie, it’s worth the extra step to place them in the freezer or fridge! This is how to make M&M cookies soft and will certainly keep them from spreading too much, especially when you’re making larger cookies.

    m and m cookiesM&M Cookie Ingredients

    • Butter – Salted or unsalted, your choice. I tend to use salted butter in all my baking.
    • Sugar – Granulated sugar.
    • Brown Sugar – Packed brown sugar adds that beautiful golden color and a hint of molasses flavor.
    • Vanilla – Store bought or Homemade Vanilla Extract adds a hint of flavor that’s synonymous with chocolate chip cookies.
    • Eggs – Large eggs bind ingredients together and add a little rise.
    • Baking Soda and Baking Powder – The leavening agents that add just the right amount of rise to achieve a chewy M&M cookie.
    • Salt – A touch of salt enhances the flavors of all the other ingredients in baking. A touch of sea salt from a grinder set on the thickest setting as a garnish takes these cookies over the top.
    • Flour – All purpose flour, no need to sift.
    • M&M’s 
    • Chocolate Chips – Completely optional, but highly recommended. They add a little additional body to the cookies.

    How to Make M&M Cookies

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Brown your butter. Above all, don’t skip this step, it gives you that ultimate caramelized flavor!
    3. Combine sugars and vanilla in a large bowl, and gradually add in your browned butter (let it come to room temperature, don’t pour it in while it’s extremely hot).
    4. Next, add eggs. Careful not to over-mix!
    5. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mix until combined.
    6. Add M&Ms and chocolate chips.
    7. Place parchment paper on your baking sheets. (Find some of my favorite baking sheets here) Form large dough balls and place in freezer for approximately four hours.
    8. Add a crack of sea salt a bake 12 minutes.m&m cookies bakery

    m&m cookies bakery

    A Few Tips I Use For Bakery Style M and M Cookies:

    • Don’t over bake – a slightly under-baked cookie is the most delicious cookie of all.
    • Don’t over mix the egg.
    • Refrigerate or freeze dough {freeze for larger cookies like these}.
    • Add candy or chocolate chips to the top of your dough balls just before freezing.
    • Use a lot of add ins {M&M’s, chocolate chips, nuts}. It gives the cookie a little added height.

    thick chewy m and m cookies

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    To see how easy these M&M Cookies are, watch the video this post!

    Large bakery style M&M cookies - an easy twist to a traditional recipe makes these cookies amazing!
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    Bakery M&M Cookies

    The best M&M cookies that are bakery quality, without a lot of effort!

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword candy, cookie, easy recipe
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 12 minutes
    Freezing 4 hours
    Total Time 4 hours 22 minutes
    Servings 18
    Calories 281 kcal


    • 1 c butter
    • 3/4 c sugar
    • 1 c brown sugar
    • 1 Tbsp vanilla
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • ½ tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 3 c flour
    • 1 c M&M's
    • 1/2 c chocolate chips
    • sea salt optional


    1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Swirl it until brown in color & it reaches a nutty aroma. Remove from heat.
    2. Meanwhile, combine sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix browned butter in.
    3. Gently blend in eggs, careful not to over mix.
    4. Sprinkle baking soda, baking powder, salt & flour over mixture & fold in until combined.
    5. Fold in M&M's & chocolate chips.
    6. Make large balls & place on parchment paper. Freeze for 4+ hours.
    7. Preheat oven to 350, crack with sea salt & bake 12 minutes.

    Recipe Notes

    • Don’t over bake- a slightly under-baked cookie is the most delicious cookie of all.
    • Don’t over mix the egg.
    • Refrigerate or freeze dough {freeze for larger cookies like these}.
    • Add candy or chocolate chips to the top of your dough balls just before freezing.
    • Use a lot of add ins {M&M’s, chocolate chips, nuts}. It gives the cookie a little added height.
    Nutrition Facts
    Bakery M&M Cookies
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 281 Calories from Fat 108
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 12g18%
    Saturated Fat 7g35%
    Cholesterol 46mg15%
    Sodium 207mg9%
    Potassium 62mg2%
    Carbohydrates 40g13%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 24g27%
    Protein 3g6%
    Vitamin A 355IU7%
    Calcium 31mg3%
    Iron 1.2mg7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    This recipe was originally posted January 2015.

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