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Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

These chocolate chip M&M cookies have quickly become a favorite amongst family & friends. With pudding in the mix they are soft, chewy and delicious.

I’m a huge fan of chocolate chip cookies. I haven’t met many that I don’t like. To take a chocolate chip cookie up a notch I like to add in candy or nuts. In this case I added mini M&M candies. They not only add color but they add a great sweetness and crunch.

These cookies are an updated version of the ones I shared last year. I wasn’t too happy with how they looked and started changing how I went about making them. The secret to making them look uniform and pretty is to scoop the dough with a #30 scoop and add the M&M’s to the tops of the cookie before baking instead of in the dough.

I like to scoop all the dough first on a tray and put it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up a bit. Then I pour the mini M&M’s into a shallow dish and press the dough into them. I press the dough down slightly before baking to help the cookies spread more.

The finished cookies not only look great but taste great.

Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies

Yield: Approximately 3 dozen cookies depending on how big you scoop them. I used a #30 scoop (2 tbsp) and got 34 cookies.

Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted butter (softened) *
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (I used Mexican vanilla)
  • 1 small (3.4 oz) package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 - 12 ounce package milk chocolate chips
  • 1/2 package mini M&M鈥檚 (approximately 6 ounces)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Combine the flour and baking soda; set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer add the butter, sugars, vanilla and pudding mix and beat until smooth and creamy.
  4. Then beat in the eggs until combined well.
  5. Add the flour mixture.
  6. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop the dough with a cookie scoop onto a parchment lined tray and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes to firm up.
  8. Pour M&M's into a shallow dish and press the firmed dough into the candies.
  9. Place dough about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet and press down with your palm to flatten slightly.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes.


*I always bake with salted butter. If using unsalted butter then add 1 tsp salt. The original recipe used margarine. I think they are a little softer with the margarine but I prefer to use butter.

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  1. These look SO YUM! PINNING!!! 馃檪 Anna

  2. OMG Melissa! These look like the recipe I’ve been searching for to make THE PERFECT chocolate chip cookie! My kids and I are going to have a great time making them this coming up weekend:)

  3. Those are such gorgeous cookies! I have trouble finding big packages of mini m&m’s. Do you remember where you found them?

    By the way, I found you through the Party in My PJ’s linkup 馃檪
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  4. These look so good. I love how you got the M&Ms in the tops of the cookies, all professional looking.
    They make me hungry. Also, nice job styling your photo.
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  5. These look SO delicious! Definitely going to save this recipe!!
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  6. My nephew’s favorite things is cchip cookies and M&Ms. So this is a perfect recipe to try out for him! Now I need to find those mini M&Ms!!!
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  7. Melissa, these look fantastic! Thank you for sharing them with us at Treasure Box Tuesday! I’m pinning and sharing on Facebook! 馃檪

  8. These bring back so many memories. My mom used to make these when I was a kid. Thanks for sharing at The Yuck Stops Here. I do hope we’ll see you again this week!
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  9. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with us at the Teach Me Tuesday Linky Party! Hope to see you again:)
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  10. I saw your recipe on last week’s Wednesday Whatsits. It looks amazing! Can’t wait to see further submissions. -Krissy
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  11. These cookies are fantastic!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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