Peeps, so these best ever chewy M&M cookies are some seriously delicious cookies – like no joke. They are incredibly chewy, wonderfully buttery AND vanilla-y (yes, I am a food writer and no, “vanilla-y” is not a technical term . . . ). They are tender and have crunchy edges and even if you are not an M&Ms fan (which I am and am REALLY hoping you are, too . . .) you will love the little bits of candy coated chocolate throughout these cookies, as M&Ms take on their own personality when surrounded by cookie dough – they just do.
Chewy cookies with crispy edges are kind of my jam, and if they happen to be best ever chewy M&M cookies that call for melted butter and NO resting time, which means they are over the top EASY- PEASY, well then all the better. And here’s the thing – I did not actually develop this recipe! I stumbled upon it in one of my ALL TIME fave magazines, Cook’s Country. Truth be told, I have let a lot of my magazine subscriptions dry up . . . but not those to Cook’s Country and Cook’s Illustrated – as I adore them both – but I digress.
The truth of the matter is that when I read the recipe in the magazine a few months back, I immediately knew I’d be making them due to not only the M&Ms (I mean candy in cookies?? Yes, please! Sign me up!) but also the melted butter. Whenever I develop a cookie recipe, I always consider whether melted butter will work, as using it guarantees a chewy cookie AND usually means you do not have to lug out your stand or hand mixer to make them! Win win!! So . . . the writing was on the wall from way back and if you’d like to see me MAKE these cookies on TikTok and Instagram Reels, be my guest (lucky you!).
Best Ever Chewy M&M Cookies
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 yolk
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups M&Ms
- Heat oven to 425°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, salt, and baking soda. Add the M&Ms and whisk to combine.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the melted butter and the sugars until well combined. Whisk in the egg, yolk and vanilla until well combined. Add the With a flexible spatula, gently fold in the dry ingredients in until just combined.
- Scoop 1/4 cup balls of dough using an ice cream scoop or dry measuring cup and evenly space the dough balls on the prepared sheets.
- Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time (or, better yet, only bake off as many dough balls as you plan on eating, and freeze the rest on the cookie sheet, transferring them to a zippered plastic bag once they are frozen – add a few minutes to the bake-time when baking from frozen) for about 8 to 10 minutes. Cookies might seem a little light in color at this point, but they will be excellent – don't worry.
- Let them cool about 5 minutes before eating them (and writing me a thank you letter).
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19 replies on “Best Ever Chewy M&M Cookies”
Do you need more than 1 bag of sharing size M&M’s to make these (if not sneaking any) or do you need more?
How many cookies does it make?
Should you refrigerate the dough at any point, before baking?
This is a MUST MAKE for my grandkids & me!
you need 9 ounces – not sure how big a bag that is . . . it depends on how big you make them but about 16 large-ish sized cookies no refrigerating needed!
Thanks! I’m sure we’ll all Enjoy!
I intend on making them this weekend. Now that I have reviewed the recipe & video, I have another question. The recipe actually says to add the M&Ms to the dry ingredients, but the video shows adding them after the wet is added into dry, which I assume is correct. Printed recipe is wrong, video is correct? Maybe it doesn’t matter as long as the M&Ms get added. Yum!
sorry about that! yes – please follow the recipe rather than the video! thank you.
either way works!
Yikes! One more. The recipe says oven at 425 & bake for 8-10 minutes but the video says bake at 350 for 10 to 12 min. Which is best?
please follow the recipe! thank you. XO
I will try it the recipe way. Thanks! An early Happy Mother’s Day.
great and you too!
OMG YUM! Just made this recipe and am eating fresh cookies as I type this. So simple/easy to follow. I doubled the recipe but only used one shareable bag of M&Ms plus some mini chocolate chips (my preference) – still plenty of chocolate to go around. Using an ice cream scoop makes the perfect portion cookie. These cookies are sweet but buttery, chewy, and will melt in your mouth. I baked for 10 minutes at 425°F as directed – as the recipe notes, they were light in color but ended up being just right. I will be sharing this recipe and making again in the future.
Ps. Love the TikToks – it’s how I found your recipes!
Wow! Yay! So glad the recipe was a success and so glad u found me through TikTok!! Love that so much. XO
My thank you note! The cookies were a huge hit. The 3 kids totally enjoyed (parents & me also). One was counting & saw his sister grab #4 & he wasn’t happy he only had 3. Amusing to me, but not to him.
I only had dark brown sugar & the adults agreed it should be made with light brown sugar, as directed. I also goofed & used the video temp of 350 & stirred the M&Ms at the end. I made them 2 days ahead & froze them so my baking time was about 14 min total. They were still perfectly delicious. Wonderful! The kids said I can make them again for them, ASAP.
so glad to hear kathy! yay!!
I made these last night and they were amazing!! Definitely going in my recipe book for Christmases to come. Yes Jessie, you deserve a huge thank you!! 😛
Yahoo! So happy to hear that! Happy holidays. XO
I personally thought this was a weird proportioned recipe and the cookies did not turn out great. Darker on top, too gooey in middle
So sorry you weren’t happy with them. I have always had really great results – as I think you know the recipe is from Cooks Country Magazine and they are notoriously good at testing their recipes.