Red and Green M&M Christmas Cookies

Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins
Total 18 mins

M&M Christmas Cookies are by far the easiest cookie recipe that you will bake this holiday season! These festive, chewy sugar cookies are the perfect treat to snack on as the countdown to Christmas begins. 

(p.s. Santa would also love these on his cookie tray!)

Tray of Christmas M&M cookies.

Soft and Chewy M&M Cookies for Christmas!

Who doesn’t love M&M cookies?

Sugar? Check. Chocolate? Check. Personally, I’m sold. The only thing better than a classic M&M cookie, though, is a Christmas M&M Cookie – it’s almost like they’ve got Christmas spirit baked right into them!

These sugar cookies are soft and chewy on the inside, crispy around the edges, and they just about melt in your mouth when they’re warm from the oven.

If your family is anything like mine, more than one batch of these red and green cookies will be needed before the holidays are over! Better make a double batch for Christmas Eve, because Santa is definitely going to be looking for a few on his plate too!

Pile of red and green M&M cookies.

Cookie Ingredients

Time to get baking! Here are the ingredients you’ll need to mix these delicious sugar cookies together:

  • Unsalted Butter: make sure to let it soften before making the cookies.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Packed Brown Sugar
  • Egg: let it come to room temperature.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Red and Green M&Ms: just FYI, you can switch up the colors for other holidays and occasions too!
Ingredients for the Christmas cookies.

How to Make M&M Cookies

Now that you’ve got everything you need, here’s how you actually make these M&M sugar cookies. Also, since the cookies are so easy to mix together, you may want to enlist the help of your kiddos! 

Line Baking Sheet: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

Bowl with sugar and butter in it.
Cookie batter with an egg yolk.
Sugar cookie batter mixed together.

Mix: In a large bowl, beat the butter with a hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth. Add in the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

Add: Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat again until well incorporated.

Cookie batter with flour added in.
Cookie batter in a mixing bowl.

Mix in Dry Ingredients: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Pour it into the wet ingredients and stir everything together just until well incorporated. Add in 1 cup of the M&M’s and stir again to combine.

Cookie batter with M&Ms added in.

Form Cookie Balls: Using a cookie scoop or your hands, form 1 ½ inch size cookie balls and set six on a baking sheet at a time to allow room for spreading. Using the remaining half cup of M&M’s, press 6-8 M&M’s into the tops of the cookies.

M&M cookie batter in a bowl.
Cookie balls on a pan.
Cookie balls with extra M&Ms added on top.

Bake: Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges turn a light golden color. Do not over bake.

Baked red and green M&M cookies.

Let Cool: Remove the pan from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes on the baking pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack to allow them cool completely.

Serve and Store: Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Stack of Christmas M&M cookies.

Tips for the Best M&M Cookies

Looking for some tricks to the best M&M cookies? Try some of these out:

  • Chill the Dough: if you want perfectly-shaped cookies, refrigerate the dough for a little bit before baking so that it will hold together better.
  • Add-Ins: throw in some chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or any other candies that you like, for extra sweetness!
  • Don’t Over-Mix the Dough: over-mixing the dough can lead to tough, harder cookies.
  • Don’t Over-Bake: even if the cookies don’t look quite done, take them out. They’ll finish baking as they cool on the pan.

How to Store These Cookies

You can store these cookies in an airtight container (at room temperature or in the fridge) for about 7 days.

Can You Freeze M&M Cookies?

You can! Store them in an airtight container or a well-sealed freezer bag, and they should last for about 3 months. 

If you want to freeze the cookie dough, form the dough into balls and store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to bake again.

Red and green M&M cookies.

These are one of our very favorite Christmas Cookie recipes that we make year after year. Soft, chewy, buttery cookies with slightly crisp edges are filled with lots of red and green M&M’s to create one perfect cookie!

Please leave a review in the comments below with photos if you try this recipe. I love to see what you are baking up! Happy Holidays!

Yield: 20-25 cookies

Red and Green M&M Christmas Cookies

Pile of red and green M&M cookies.

M&M Christmas Cookies are soft and chewy on the inside, crispy around the edges, and filled with chocolate! There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a batch of these Christmas sugar cookies.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 18 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups red and green M&Ms, divided

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a large baking pan with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, beat the butter with a hand mixer or stand mixer until smooth. Add in the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.

Top view of a mixing bowl with beaten butter, brown sugar and white sugar

3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat again until well incorporated.

Top view of a mixing bowl with beaten butter and sugar with an egg and vanilla

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Pour it into the wet ingredients and stir everything together just until well incorporated. Add in 1 cup of the M&M’s and stir again to combine.

5. Using a cookie scoop or your hands, form 1 ½ inch size cookie balls and set six on a baking sheet at a time to allow room for spreading. Using the remaining half cup of M&M’s, press 6-8 M&M’s into the tops of the cookies.

6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the edges turn a light golden color. Do not over bake.

Baked Red and Green M&M cookies on a parchment-lined baking sheet

7. Remove the pan from the oven and let them cool for 5 minutes on the baking pan and then transfer them to a cooling rack to allow them cool completely.

8. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 75mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g

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