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White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

I’m obsessed with everything peppermint this time of year. I realize that I am not alone in this obsession. When I saw White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms at Target, two bags suddenly leaped into my cart. Along with Andes mints–they’re my faaaavorite.

Also in my cart was a whole bunch of other random crap that I didn’t know I needed until I got to Target. How does Target do that?!? Every. Single. Time.

Although these M&Ms are perfectly fine amazing eaten straight out of the bag, I needed to bake with them. Obviously. These cookies are a take on my plain ol’ chocolate chip. Super easy to make and everyone loves them. The dough freezes well and so do the cookies. So make them in advance and bake them up whenever you’re craving a pepperminty cookie.


Peppermint M&M Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Peppermint M&M Cookies are delicious, easy, and perfect for the Holidays.


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoonΒ pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms (about one and a half 9.90 ounce packages)


  1. Preheat oven to 365*F.
  2. Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
  3. Combine butter, shortening, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and water. Beat until creamy.
  4. Add in eggs and mix until well combined. Add flour mixture and mix well. Stir in M&Ms.
  5. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a cookie sheet (I do 12 per sheet).
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes. (10 for softer cookies, 12 for crisper cookies.)

Verdict: Delicious and pepperminty. Perfect for the holidays.
Husband’s take: I think they were a little too “strange” for him. And they aren’t strange…but he’s more of a straight up chocolate chip guy. He doesn’t even really like it when I made chocolate chip cookies with mini chips or chocolate chunks instead of normal chocolate chips. Β E loved these cookies though!
Changes I would make: None
Difficulty: Easy

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29 Responses to “White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies”

  1. Kathryn — December 12, 2012 at 5:48 am

    I’m so jealous of all the cool M&Ms that you guys get, these cookies sound like they would be incredible!

  2. Blog is the New Black — December 12, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Perfectly seasonal!

  3. steph@stephsbitebybite — December 12, 2012 at 7:41 am

    I think I’ll take these and dunk them in my peppermint mocha coffee. Holy peppermint!

  4. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 12, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I think Target must have subliminal messages programmed into their music ‘buy lots of crap that you don’t really need’ or something like that.

  5. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Those m&ms are crack

  6. Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — December 12, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Gorgeous, Rachel! These are so perfectly festive for the holiday dessert table.

  7. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef — December 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

    i JUST bought some of these m&ms so i could bake with them. PERFECT! πŸ™‚

  8. katie — December 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

    How did I not know that peppermint m&m’s even existed… ahh! Must go out and buy now *and of course make these cookies!

  9. Ashley — December 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Ah target, that store gets me every time! Kinda glad we don’t have one in NYC or I would be in trouble. πŸ™‚ Your cookies look awesome – I’m obsessed with peppermint too!

  10. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — December 12, 2012 at 11:21 am

    I would have loved to have gotten these cookies! My husband can’t stand peppermint flavors in desserts so basically he MAKES me eat everything that I use it in.

  11. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — December 12, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Target is where my bank account goes to DIE. I love how soft and chewy these cookies look! πŸ™‚

  12. marina {yummymummykitchen.com} — December 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    What!? There are peppermint M&Ms?! How did I not know this? YUM!

  13. Annie @ Annie's Noms — December 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Oh wow I so wish we could get all the festive M&M’s in the UK! These look delicious πŸ™‚

  14. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — December 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Love peppermint M&M’s….and have a feeling I’ll love them even more when they’re baking into cookies!

  15. sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I honestly think it is in the Target air – something about it there makes me spend almost triple over what I intend to. Did I really need this candle? This scarf? Snowflake paper plates? 4 bottles of $3 nail polish? I am as addicted to Target as I am to baking. And to M&Ms. I’ve never ever had the peppermint M&Ms before. I think I live under a rock. And you dont’ have to twist my arm to get me to drive to target after work and pick up a bag! These cookies look SO good. And soft! πŸ™‚

  16. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — December 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    I need these cookies in my kitchen soon – love peppermint!

  17. carrian — December 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Target tricks me every stinking time. No kidding. I come out with loads more than I went in for. Love these m&m’s though I’m not sure why the fun flavors are always only at target. Lame.

  18. Dixya @ Food, Pleasure and Health — December 12, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I feel same way about target too. Every time I go, I come with atleast five things that I do not really need but i feel like i have to have it or something. but it feels better that I am not the only one πŸ˜›

    BTW I love anything with peppermint- tea, chocolate, cookies, everything taste better esp around this time of the year. The cookies with M and M looks so soft and delicious!!!

  19. Cassie | Bake Your Day — December 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I am on the lookout now for peppermint M&M’s. LOVE these cookies!

  20. Aunt nancy — December 12, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    I rarely go to target but we took our special Ed kids shopping and two bags jumped into my cart too!! They are SO good…dangerously good. I ate them all……..

  21. angela @ another bite please — December 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    ahhhhh…why does Target get all the fun unique candy…I actually hate going to Target ’cause I end up spending way way too much money….now do I think I could get in and out with just 2 bags of these??? lol

  22. Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} — December 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

    I want to eat 2 dozen of these and call it breakfast/lunch/dinner! Yum!

  23. Ashley Bee (Quarter Life Crisis Cuisine) — December 13, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Loving all the cookie recipes! These look delish. I don’t like peppermints, but as a flavoring in something else it’s lovely.

  24. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I am obsessed with peppermint too. I can’t believe I haven’t tried peppermint M&M’s. Looks like you have given me an excuse to head to Target to grab a bag and try these good looking cookies!

  25. Sheila — December 13, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    These look chewy and delicious darlin’ mmmm yum!

  26. Katie | The Hill Country Cook — December 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    YUM. I didn’t even KNOW they made peppermint M&Ms. THANKS. Now I’m going to be obsessed with finding them! πŸ˜‰ Maybe I’ll get lucky and find an after Christmas clearance sale!! πŸ™‚

  27. Ruth — December 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

    So, I picked up “Holiday Mint” M&Ms instead (thought it was the same thing). Think they’ll be as good???

    • Rachel Gurk — December 14th, 2013 @ 9:29 am

      Hmm — I didn’t even know there was such a thing (and now I suddenly want to go shopping…). I think they’ll still be great!


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