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Christmas cookies on a plate with red and green sprinkles and candies
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5 from 20 votes

M&M Christmas Cookies

Our go-to Christmas Cookie recipe! Soft and chewy cookies that are filled with M&M's and sprinkles.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Total Time 29 minutes
Servings 15 - 20 (recipe can be doubled)
Calories 200kcal


  • cups all purpose flour see note
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened but still cool
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • cup brown sugar lightly packed, make sure it's fresh and soft
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • cups M&M's or a mixture of M&M's and chocolate chips divided
  • ¼ cup holiday sprinkles


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and both sugars for 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing until combined, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. On low speed, add in flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Gently stir in M&M's and chocolate chips. I usually add about 1 generous cup into the batter, and the rest get pressed on top of the cookies before baking.
  • Place the sprinkles in a shallow bowl.
  • Scoop balls of cookie dough, between 1½ and 2½ tablespoon portions (a little smaller or a little larger than a golf ball). Gently press the top of the dough balls into the bowl of sprinkles, then press some of the remaining M&M's onto the top of each mound of dough. Place dough onto prepared baking sheets leaving an inch or two for spreading.
  • Bake for 8-11 minutes (see note), until the edges of the cookies are set but the center is still slightly underdone; this will create a soft cookie.
  • Place the baking sheets on wire racks and allow the cookies to cool completely. They will firm up as they cool. Optional: for a slightly thicker cookie, you can gently press the edges of each cookie inward with the back of a spoon (just a bit!) while they are still warm.



TO PROPERLY MEASURE FLOUR: Fluff the flour with your measuring cup, scoop a heaping portion, and level it off with the back of a knife.
BAKING TIME: Adjust according to the size of dough balls. 
CHILLING DOUGH: If you like thicker cookies, or you accidentally over-softened your butter (it's no longer cool to the touch), you can chill the dough for one hour before baking. 


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 73mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 190IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg