Holiday M&M’s Drop Cookies Recipe

Let’s get something straight: chocolate chip cookies are not Christmas cookies. They may be easy, they may be delicious, but they are not holiday special. But a simple swap of red and green M&M’s kicks up the Christmas quotient — and our recipe is truly one of the best.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted and cooled until warm
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups red and green holiday M&M’s

Quick tips

  1. Brown the butter if you want to add a rich toffee-like flavor.
  2. Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours to help the cookies keep their shape and not flatten out.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Mix the butter and both sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk and vanilla until combined. 
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed just until combined. Stir in the M&M’s; don’t use a mixer for this step or they will get broken. 
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour, though it can also be refrigerated overnight.
  6. Scoop out 2 Tbsp. of dough and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  7. Bake cookies until they’re light golden brown and the outer edges begin to set, about 12-15 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. These cookies look under done in the middle, but they are not. Don’t overcook.
  8. Let cookies cook on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove and let fully cool on baking rack.

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