Perfect M&M Cookies – Tried & True!

These M&M cookies are perfect! Chewy centers, crispy edges, simple to make and even easier to eat. You’ll love this easy and delicious cookie recipe. 

Perfect M&M Cookies |

The perfect cookie is a hard thing to find and definitely something to hang on to once you do find it. These M&M Cookies fit the bill. Soft, chewy, but still with crispy edges. Sweet (of course) and crunch little bits of chocolate M&M’s — the mini kind as to not overwhelm you.

I reallllly wish I had one right now. As I write this, E is at the park with my husband, aka the perfect time to eat cookies without hearing non-stop whining. From E, not my husband.

I’m a closet snack/sweet eater and proud of it!

Okay…not so proud. Minor details.

These cookies bake up quickly and deliciously. I am soooo craving a cookie. I have dough in the freezer just calling my name.


I’d highly recommend a very large glass of ice cold milk with these. Or a steaming mug of hot coffee. Or both, because you’ll be making these often!




PS: Have you guys read the comments on these cookies?

  • “I made these tonight–they are delicious! Nice and soft and yummy. Thanks for sharing!!”
  • “I have made these cookies twice now (great for kids with tree nut allergies), and they are amazing. Don’t mess with the recipe – it is perfectly perfect.”
  • “Wow..I’ve tried them..and they are perfect! I love them. I’m going to try using this recipe for other varieties of cookies . Thanks for this amazing recipe”

Nothing makes me happier than hearing your feedback on my recipes – and I’m so glad these cookies are a hit with so many of you!

Perfect M&M Cookies

These M&M cookies are perfect! Chewy centers, crispy edges, simple to make and even easier to eat.

5 / 5 (7 Reviews)
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • one 12-ounce package of mini M&Ms


  1. In a bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), cream together butter and both sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes). With the mixer on low, add in egg and vanilla. Return mixer to medium and mix until incorporated. Scrape sides if needed.
  3. With the mixer back on low, add dry ingredient mixture gradually until dough forms. Stir in M&Ms by hand. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat and set aside.
  4. Form balls from approximately 1 tablespoon of dough. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are just barely golden. Remove from oven and let cool for a couple of minutes on baking sheet before removing and placing on wire rack to finish cool. Store in airtight container.
All images and text ©Rachel Cooks.

Verdict: Love these! Colorful, chewy, perfect. Just look at that crackled top!!!
Husband’s take: They are pretty closely related to his favorite chocolate chip cookies, so he’s obviously all for them.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy. Hardest part is to not eat them all in one sitting.

More great recipes using M&M’s:

5 Ingredient Peanut Butter M&M Bars
White Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies
Popcorn Snack Mix with M&M’s
Peanut Butter M&M Brownies from Buns in my Oven
M&M Chocolate Cookie Cake Bars from The Little Kitchen

These M&M cookies are perfect! Chewy centers, crispy edges, simple to make and even easier to eat. You'll love this easy and delicious cookie recipe.
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  1. would you be able to substitute the soda and flour for just plain self raising flour

  2. These were delicious! I refrigerated these overnight and baked for 10 minutes and they came out perfect. If people are having issues with this recipe, most likely they had the butter too melted or too cold when originally making.

    Rating: 4
  3. these look delicious! can you chill the dough before baking?

  4. Made these yesterday for a back to school treat for my teacher friends. Used regular sized M&M’s. Great recipe, chewy and crispy edges (just the way I like them. It’s a keeper. Thank you. 

    Rating: 5
    • Hi Maria! So nice of you to make these for teacher friends! I’m so glad you liked the recipe, and thank you so much for taking the time to come back and leave a comment!

  5. LOVE this recipe :)

    Rating: 5
  6. Great cookies!! Baked up perfectly and are soft and chewy! Thank you.

  7. I’ve made these several times and they are such a hit! The past few times I’ve made them though the dough isn’t sticking together.  I haven’t changed a thing. Do you know what could be happening? 

  8. Love this recipe! I’ve made it 3 times for different events within the last month and a half. They are perfect to bring to friends houses and parties. Definitely keeping this as a go to recipe!

    Rating: 5
  9. I have made these cookies 4-5 x and have been a little nervous every time, the dough seems a little dry and crumbly after mixing- but I mix a little by hand and it seems to really come together. THESE COOKIES ARE AMAZING. People always beg for the recipe! I probably add about a cup (…. or more) of regular M&Ms and they come out fantastic. This is my go-to recipe forever now!

    Rating: 5
  10. The yield is way off. I got 50 cookies.

    Rating: 5
  11. Your cookies are such a hit! I have been making these for years and people always beg for the recipe or for more! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  12. Do you think this recipe would work if I pressed it into a jelly roll pan to make bars?

  13. I made these using sugar in the raw instead of brown sugar. They did not look like your pic. They were round and chubby and shiny. Also it took awhile to bake so little hard. Was it because of the sugar?

    • I’ve never tried it with that type of sugar. Sorry you didn’t have success — this is a popular recipe, but it’s probably best to stick with it the way it is written.

  14. Just wanted to let you know that I made these and they turned out AMAZING! By far the best M&M cookies I’ve ever had. I’m making them again this weekend for a Christmas cookie exchange. Thanks for the great recipe!

  15. Can salted butter be used instead of unsalted?

  16. YUM! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Well, thanks a lot Rachel! I made these for my boyfriend and roommate and now they want them all the time. I have now been dubbed the cookie queen. lol They really are the best cookies I have ever had! Thanks for sharing!

  18. These cookies came out really good! they made more than 2 dozen! Always make sure you don’t go over 11 minutes or it’ll be a little crispy but overall they were perfection!

  19. Yeah mine came out very thin. And a little greasy. But still good flavor. Everything was measured correctly. Oh well….

  20. Hello,
    I used to make these cookies a lot last year and in the beginning of this year and they were perfect! Then once I made them and they turned out hard (but I assumed it was because I used soft brown sugar that time). Yesterday I made these and used demarara sugar (not the same brown sugar I used to use in the beginning of the year, but it was very similar) and they came out very hard :(

    do you have a clue about where I’m going wrong? or specify which type of brown sugar to use?

  21. Just made a batch using regular m&ms and they turned out perfect! Thanks!

  22. Mine didn’t spread at all and came out really hard and dry. Can’t figure out what I did wrong!

    • Darn! So sorry to hear that. Myself and others have had great success with this recipe — maybe try it again…could be you just missed an ingredient or something. We’ve all been there!

  23. Wow..i’ve tried them..and they are perfect! I love them. I’m going to try using this recipe for other varieties of cookies . Thanks for this amazing recipe

  24. Hi , i’m planning to try this cookies soon :) they look so good. I would like to know if i need to press the balls down a little or not? or they will naturally spread out nicely?


  25. I made these and they spread out into almost transparent super greasy weird thin sheets. I chilled the dough for about an hour. I used a cool baking sheet and put the dough in the fridge again while each batch baked. The second and third batch I only baked them 7 minutes because 9 minutes burned the first batch. What did I do wrong???

  26. I have made these cookies twice now (great for kids with tree nut allergies), and they are amazing. Don’t mess with the recipe – it is perfectly perfect.

  27. Just a tip, do not add vodka to these cookies

  28. I want try …i love it

  29. Can I use margerine instead of butter

  30. Can i bake these without cornstarch?

  31. What does the cornstarch do? And would it make the cookies taste different? I love soft cookies and m&m are one of my favorites! I would love to try this recipe!
    Thank you!

  32. I made these tonight–they are delicious! Nice and soft and yummy. Thanks for sharing!!

  33. Thanks so much for sharing this! I have been wanting to make these for a while. Your recipe looks similar to one we made in high school home ec, which was a family favorite for a long time (until I lost the recipe!).

  34. Ooh. One more thing. I have no time to buy parchment paper, can I use nonstick spray on the baking sheets instead ?

  35. Can I use normal sized m&ms instead of mini ?

  36. thanks for the recipe — wonderful cookies! i subbed almost half of the regular flour with white WW flour. only the teenager is scowling (slightly) and yet she is still eating them. her younger brother is none the wiser. i need to stop eating them now. i can stop any time i want to…

  37. I followed your recipe exactly yet my cookies are still spreading. Any idea why?

  38. is it ok if there is no brown sugar

  39. I accidentally bought peanut butter M&Ms the first time I made these. I have to say I “accidentally” made the same mistake the second time :)

  40. Fabulous ! Best M&M cookie recipe I have found. Made them this evening and they are going quick.

  41. I just made these cookies and although they turned out great, I needed to add alot more butter because the mixture turned out dry. Also, two eggs is better than just one. I also found it better to add the dry ingredients to the wet instead of wet to the dry. Hope these tips help!

  42. This recipe is awesome!! The cookies are soft and chewy my family and I can’t stop eatin them! I will definitely be using this recipe again thank you !

  43. i love to try ! but is it possible to state the mass of your ingredients in grams instead? :)

  44. thanks for the recipe im going to use mint M&Ms ….I couldn’t find a recipe for using the mint ones that wasn’t a chocolate cookie :)

  45. Hi Rachel,

    Can’t wait to try these with Christmas M&Ms. If I freeze the dough, do I freeze it with the M$Ms in it, or add them when I go to bake them? Thanks for your help!

  46. What is the cornstarch for? I am curious. Looking for a good M&M cookie recipe.
    Photos of cookies are beautiful!!

  47. I added 1/2 a cup of creamy Peanut Butter, amazing!

  48. I need to know how to adjust the recipe for high altitude.

  49. These are the most delicious cookies ever! They truly are perfect.. no substitutions or tweaking necessary and just the right amount of sweetness. I did use regular size M & Ms but they came out very well no problem. Thanks for this recipe!

  50. Does anyone know what to do with these cookies in the altitude? I am going to Make the M and M cookies by Rachel

  51. These look amazing, even better than the grocery store ones I used to CRAVE as a child :)

  52. I’ve never actually eaten cookies with milk before. It’s not really an English (or Australian, seeing as I live in convict country now!) thing but I feel like I’m probably missing out on something glorious! These cookies look absolutely delicious Rachel. I love the gorgeously chewy, soft appearance, studded with M&Ms (one of my favourite treats, ever). Hope you managed to sneak a few before the others came back to inhale them! xx

  53. Yum, these cookies look delicious, I love m&m cookies!!

  54. that is my favourite. i will keep them in my jar.

  55. I LOVE M&M cookies. These sound perfect.. soft, chewy yet crisp at the edges is just how I love them… Bookmarked!

  56. My daughter is going to go absolutely bananas when I make these! Everyone needs a good classic like this in their repertoire. Awesome!

  57. these are total closet eating cookies. once you have kids you absolutely need to hide to indulge lol

  58. Oh man, these cookies look SO perfectly soft and chewy, Rachel! They’re one of my all-time favorites and I’d love to try your recipe!

  59. I still haven’t tried cookies with cornstarch but these do look absolutely perfect!

  60. I have not had M&M cookies in ye-arrrrs! These look delicious and need to make their way into my kitchen asap!!

  61. These cookies really do look perfect!

  62. I have been doing so well all week, but now I really need cookies!

  63. Love the M&Ms in these!! Perfect indeed!

  64. These definitely do look like the perfect cookie! I’m enjoying a hot mug of coffee right now and could use one of these cookies (or three) for dipping! Enjoy the weekend!

  65. You have indeed described my perfect cookie Rachel! And no shame in the closet snacking (I’m eating half a cookie alone with my coffee right now. For serious).

  66. Love how chewy these are!! M&Ms are so fun for cookies!

  67. I love making m&m cookies! They’re pretty colored! :P These sound perfect! Im a closet snacker too..I tend to sneak into the kitchen for a sweet treat when my son isnt looking too! :P

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