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Soft and chewy chocolate M&M cookies. Simple, quick to make and delicious! Great for your last minute holiday baking.

Easy christmas M&M chocolate cookies
Easy Chocolate M&M Cookies


Hi guys! Happy “busy” Monday! I hope you are doing well! For those of you, who are traveling, stay safe and have a great time with your families. I was not planning on posting anything today, but … I’ll be quick, these chocolate M&M cookies deserve to be shared..

I wanted to share with you another variation of my chocolate sugar cookies, which I posted last week. I know I said no more Christmas cookie recipes for this year, but their really isn’t a new recipe! It is the same chocolate shortbread dough with the addition of mini chocolate Christmas M&Ms.

They are cute, festive and easy to make. No cutting involved, you just shape small balls, roll in mini M&Ms, press, chill and bake.


christmas M&M chocolate cookies
Chocolate M&M Shortbread Cookies


The truth – we ate way too many of these chocolate sugar cookie sticks so I was scared that there won’t be any left for the “big day”. And since I don’t have the time to  cut equal sized cookie sticks and decorate them, I just made plain round Chocolate M&M Cookies. Not so plain, I added some mini chocolate M&Ms in red and green.


Very easy and festive christmas M&M chocolate cookies
Chocolate M&M Cookies


I hope you enjoy them!

Due to the issue some individuals had with dryness of the dough, I’ve reduced the amount of flour to 1 1/2 cups from 2 cups. Please make sure your butter and egg are at room temperature. Butter needs to be very soft. Don’t add milk or more butter, just start adding flour and cocoa  gradually and check the consistency.Once you start rolling cookies (after you let the dough rest and chill), dough will become very soft.

The dough for these Chocolate M&M Cookies is not too dry to me, but it all depends on the brands of ingredients you use.

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Easy christmas M&M chocolate cookies
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Chocolate M&M Cookies And Holiday Recipes I Love

By Lyubomira from CookingLSL
Soft and chewy chocolate M&M Christmas cookies. Simple, quick to make and delicious! Great for last minute holiday baking.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 24


  • 1 cup (2x 4 oz sticks/226 gr) softened butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour, (might need more)
  • ¾ cups unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp baking soda, (optional)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups mini Christmas M&Ms


  • In a bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Set a side.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment beat butter and sugar for 3 minutes until creamy.
  • Add in egg and beat on low until combined. Add vanilla extract and mix for 30 more seconds.
  • Gradually add in flour-cocoa mixture, mixing on low speed until everything is well combined.
  • This dough is sticky, using a rubber spatula scrape down the sides of the bowl and a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • When ready to bake the cookies: I used a small cookie scoop to scoop out balls from the chilled dough. Then I rolled them in mini Christmas chocolate M&Ms ( add as many as you'd like), place on parchment paper lined baking sheet, press with your palm to flatten a little and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C). Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool on the baking sheet for 3-4 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
  • Store cookies in air tight container for up to a week.


This dough is thick.
Chilling the dough is mandatory in order to avoid spreading.
Due to the issue some individuals had with dryness of the dough, I've reduced the amount of flour to 1 1/2 cups from 2 cups. Please make sure your butter and egg are at room temperature. Butter needs to be very soft. Don't add milk or more butter, just start adding flour and cocoa gradually and check the consistency.Once you start rolling cookies (after you let the dough rest and chill), dough will become very soft.
Do not over bake cookies, because they will get hard.


Calories: 138kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 132mg, Potassium: 54mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 245IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
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Happy Holidays!


More Christmas cookies? You might like these Christmas tree shaped ones via Cookinglsl

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Vanilla Cupcakes : Vanilla Cupcakes With Christmas Tree On Top via OrgasmicChef

Holiday Crostini : Roasted Balsamic Cranberry And Brie Crostini via Neighborfoodblog

Peppermint Cheesecake Cake : Peppermint Chocolate Cheesecake Cake via EatsWellWithOthers

Gingerbread Bars : Frosted Gingerbread Bars via Justaboutbaked

How adorable is this one? Peanut Butter And Graham Cracker House via CulinaryHill

Holiday Panna Cotta : Pomegranate Panna Cotta via CulinaryGinger

How fresh and delicious this ice cream pie is? : Ice Cream Pie via Hapanom

Fancy Holiday Muffins : Gingerbread Muffins With Salted Caramel Frosting via ScrummyLane

Her cakes are gorgeous : Winter Wonderland Ombre Cake via Savoring Spoon

Gluten Free Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes:  Chocolate Gingerbread Cupcakes With White Chocolate Frosting GF via LifeMadeSweeter

I love these cute Christmas cookie cutouts  vie Butteryrum

Gayle makes great fudge, but this one is awesome : White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge via PumpkinandSpice

Hot Chocolate Anyone? The Ultimate Peppermint Hot Chocolate via BromaBakery

Stove Top Hot Chocolate via Live Well Bake Often

How elegant these tarts are? (She has a beautiful blog) : Chocolate Espresso Meringue Tarts via Thespicetrain

Great flavors in these Sour Cherry, Walnut And Rosemary Crackers via Pinch and Swirl

How about Bacon And Cheddar Popcorn with your favorite Christmas Movie via CiaoBambina

Fruit Cake anyone? Family Favorite Fruit Cake via Omnivore’s Cookbook

I like these Christmas muffins : Cranberry and Orange Christmas Muffins via HungryHealthyHappy

Holiday Cranberry Pomegranate Mojito via Chef Savvy

Soft Christmas Kiss Sugar Cookies via Bake with Christina

Cranberry Orange Bread With Pecans via Vanilla and Bean

The Polar Queen Cocktail via Marla Meridith

Gift in a Jar : Walnut Cocoa Brownies GF via Snixty Kitchen

More Cake : Chocolate Merlot Cake via HipFoodieMom

Beautiful Sugar Cookies : Grandma’s Old Fashioned Soft Sugar Cookies via American Heritage Cooking

Great Flavors : Browned Butter Snickerdoodles via Spoonfullofflavor

Very colorful and gorgeous cookies : Christmas Sugar Cookies via CookwithManali

More lovely cookies : Peppermint Pinwheels via Bake.Eat.Repeat

Bundt cakes are always great for the holidays : Eggnog Bundt Cake via Twointhekitchen

Baklava for the holidays, how about this one? : Baklava Recipe via Natasha’sKitchen

Vegan? Check these cookies out : Best Vegan Chocolate Chunk Cookies via Ceara’s Kitchen

Craving chocolate? Peppermint Skillet Brownie via Bakerita

These cookies are beautiful! : Iced Chocolate Peppermint Cookies via Bakingamoment

These are so cute: Santa Klaus Cake Pops via Mysaltandpepper

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Hi! I'm Mira.

I share simple, mostly low-carb and Keto recipes, that don't take a lot of time to make and use mostly seasonal, easy to find ingredients. I'm a supporter of healthy eating, but you'll also find some indulgent treats too.

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  1. Thank you for including my recipe Mira! Your cookies look awesome, wish I could still eat M&Ms. I could just add vegan chocolate chips, they wouldn’t look as festive but I bet they’d taste just as good. Merry Christmas!

  2. How did I miss this post? these are so Christmassy!! I love love LOVE them! I even have a packet of red and green M&M’s in the drawer, I wanted to make a recipe just like this but never got around to it!!