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M&M Cookies Recipe

M&M Cookies with pudding mix are soft, chewy and colorful! This easy recipe takes just minutes to make and creates the best M&M cookies you’ll ever taste.

If you love easy cookie recipes, be sure to try our favorite almond cookies. Or give our 3 ingredient peanut butter cookies a try next!

M&M pudding cookies on wire rack to cool.

Why these cookies are best

I know there are thousands of chocolate chip pudding cookies out there for you to try. And while I love chocolate chip cookies of all kinds, sometimes you need a little variety. Enter: M&Ms Pudding Cookies!

  • M&Ms instead of chocolate chips for a delicious twist!
  • These cookies are cloud soft while retaining their chewiness.
  • No chilling dough required.
  • Sprinkles make M&M Cookies look and taste even more fun.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed for m&M pudding cookies.
  • Unsalted butter – If you want chewy cookies, melted butter is the key.
  • Vanilla pudding mix – It makes the cookies soft, and keeps them soft for days after baking!
  • Light brown sugar – Combined with butter, it makes the cookies even chewier and imparts a more caramelized flavor into the cookies than using white sugar alone.
  • Jimmies Sprinkles – These are the long rectangular sprinkles. Use any color or combination of colors you like.
  • M&Ms – I used M&Ms baking bits. You can find them in the aisle near the chocolate chips. Regular M&Ms work too!

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make M&M cookies.

Melt the butter. I do this in the microwave or on the stove top.

Make the dough. Cream the melted butter with the sugars. Then add remaining dough ingredients and combines. Fold in the sprinkles and M&Ms.

Bake. Drop cookies onto a lined baking sheet. Bake the cookies until the bottoms just begin to look set, about 11 minutes. Let cool completely before eating.

Tips and Tricks

  • These cookies spread as they bake. If you want thicker M&M Cookies, chill the dough for an hour before baking.
  • Avoid over baking. The cookies will look very soft when they come out of the oven. As they cool they will firm up to the perfect chewy texture!
  • Store homemade M&M Cookies in an airtight container. They’ll stay soft and chewy for up to one week at room temperature.
  • Try our Christmas M&M Cookies for a fun holiday twist!
  • Freeze Cookies. Use my tips on how to freeze cookie dough for later.
Stack of three M&M cookies on wire rack.

Recipe FAQs

What can I use instead of M&Ms baking bits?

You can use regular M&Ms or M&Ms minis in these cookies if you can’t find baking bits.

Will this recipe work with cook ‘n’ serve pudding mix?

No, it will not. You need to use the Instant Pudding Mix (the powder) for this pudding cookies recipe.

Can I make the dough with pudding mix ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the dough ahead of time and keep in the fridge until you’re ready to bake. Tightly covered, the dough can be stored in the fridge for about 2 days.

Can I freeze M&Ms cookies?

You can freeze M&Ms Cookies, however the candy coating and sprinkles may “bleed” color into cookies as they thaw. They will stay good in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

M&M Cookies Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes

These delicious, soft and chewy M&M Pudding Cookies are the perfect texture and flavor in a sweet cookie recipe!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 box (3.4 ounce) Instant Vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup sprinkles (jimmies)
  • 1 ½ cups M&M's baking bits (or regular)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugars until creamy. Add in pudding mix, eggs and vanilla extract.
  2. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Fold in sprinkles and M&M'S.
  3. Drop by large tablespoon onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake in a 350°F oven for 11-13 minutes. Do not over bake, cookies may appear soft. Allow to cool and enjoy! Store in airtight container for up to one week.

Notes

  • Avoid over baking. The cookies will look very soft when they come out of the oven. As they cool they will firm up to the perfect chewy texture!
  • Store homemade M&M Cookies in an airtight container. They'll stay soft and chewy for up to one week at room temperature.
  • Want thicker cookies? Chill dough for at least an hour.
  • Try our Christmas M&M Cookies next!
  • Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    48

    Serving Size:

    1 cookie

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 128Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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    From holidays to birthdays, M&Ms Pudding Cookies make a perfect treat for any occasion!

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    Posted on January 29, 2022

    Comments & Reviews

    1. I just made these yesterday. They.are.scrumptious. I just refrigerated my dough 90 minutes for easy handling, otherwise followed recipe exactly. Thank you!

    2. If I mix my batter tonight and put in the fridge until tomorrow night to bake can I do that being that there’s instant pudding in them?

    3. How do you get your cookies to be so “flat”..I followed recipe exact and mine are more rounded on top BUT that being said they are delicious! 🙂 I was just curious if you flattened them before baking or anything..

      1. If they puff up too much, I give them a whack with the spatula as soon as I take them out of the oven 🙂

    4. Just found this recipe on Pinterest. As soon as I got home I had to make them. Thankfully I had almost all the ingredients! No M&Ms because I have a nut-allergy kid, so used 2 cups of mini chocolate chips instead. This is a great cookie! Thanks for sharing!

    5. These cookies are fabulous!! I made them last night and followed the recipe with just one small change – I used dark brown sugar in place of light. It gave the cookies a rich, toffee-like flavor. I’ve never used pudding mix in cookies before, and I must say, WOW!!! I’m so amazed at how incredibly delicious it makes the cookies! I will now be adding pudding to all of my cookie reipes! Thank you Aimee for sharing this delightful recipe with everyone! 🙂

    6. I love M&M, so these cookies look really good to me. I’m sure they taste as good as they look, so I’m going to try the recipe for sure!

    7. I think it is great when a man can iron, cook, and clean. Any time I have been sick, had kids, or had surgery my husband took care of it all. He never had to call his mom or mine to come help. After 48 years of marriage with just the two of us here he still helps. He irons as good as any woman. He likes his shirts starched too. HA!! Our kids didn’t much want their clothes ironed but they were as long as they lived here.

      If I knew I was having anything medically done I always cooked and froze so he only had to heat it up. Just don’t like to have to call on people unless it is an emergency. 

      This cookie dough would freeze well I am sure.

      1. Awww sounds like you got yourself a good man! And HE got himself a good woman 🙂 And yes, the cookie dough freezes great!!!

    8. Haha your daughter sounds like she’s the cutest! Gotta love her innocence! These cookies look so delicious, Aimee! Pudding cookies are one of my favorites, I just love the soft and chewy texture! And when they’re packed with M&Ms, even better!

    9. hahaha! That is the best! No judgments on the ironing here, it’s not for everyone! 🙂 I love how cookies are just the perfect thing to follow up such a great conversation 😉 These cookies look awesome and pudding always makes for some of the BEST cookies too!

    10. That is such an adorable story. Only a story like that can make the word “adultery” cute!
      And I don’t iron, either. Really. That’s not how I want to spend time here on earth.
      These cookies look incredible! I love pudding cookies. They are always the best ones!

      1. Oh if I told all the stories about things my kids say, I could fill a book. Of, on the flipside…things I’ve heard myself say, like, “no snakes on the trampoline!” 🙂

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