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The Best M&M Cookies – Soft, buttery and irresistible M&M Cookies!
Close-up of an M&M cookie over a glass of milk

There goes that famous cookie-pose again. Vogue, vogue, vogue!

Now that I’ve got that song in your head, lets talk cookies.

I am dubbing these as “the best m&m cookies” because, according to my taste buds, they are!

I have tweaked and tweaked this recipe over and over and over again. I think I have finally got it. It’s in the butter. Or lack thereof.

Yep. No butter.

Instead, you are going to go past your butter and reach for the shortening.

We are talking about taste here, and the vegetable shortening makes a huge difference in the taste and the texture. Oh the texture is just amazing! Trust me.

overhead view of m&m cookies in a tin

If you do not want to use shortening, it’s okay. Go ahead and replace it with a cup of butter.

The Bestest M&M Cookies – EVER! Smile

(makes about 40 cookies)

The Best M&M Cookies

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WW Freestyle: 5
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
The Best M&M Cookies - Soft, buttery and irresistible M&M Cookies!
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40
Calories: 113


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup M&M’s milk chocolate candies


  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In your electric mixer’s bowl, mix together the sugars, shortening, eggs, and vanilla.
  • Gradually add in the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend it all together.
  • Fold in the M&M’s. (If you like, you can add in more M&M’s)
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown.


WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 5 
Nutrition Facts
The Best M&M Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 92mg4%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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m&m cookie over a glass of milk

  • Vogue, vogue, vogue!
86 Responses
  1. Donna

    These look like the REAL DEAL… I will make these stat for my tribe here..using, of all things…LARD…instead of it is quite difficult to find here in France…Believe it or not…clarified lard is sold in packages…ready for baking or cooking use and the texture it creates is amazing…Just an idea for those concerned about commercial vegetable shortenings/those having difficulties finding shortening abroad!…

  2. Hester aka The Chef Doc

    How could I not have noticed these when you made them in June? Well, I do remember I had my last final on June 1st, that evening. Maybe that’s why? Anyway, I totally know what you’re saying about shortening vs. butter in cookies. I love using shortening mainly because I’m lazy and don’t ever think to soften my butter ahead of time. I’m going to be buying some M&Ms, Kate, and I’ll be making these soon 🙂 As you can see, I’ve gotten to the beginning of June and actually, I’m into the posts around Memorial Day. Slowly but surely!

  3. Magic of Spice

    They do look mighty tasty! No butter would be a tough one though…I’ll have to have yours, besides you do not want to see me trying to bake cookies 🙂

  4. Roxana GreenGirl

    Ok, I have to make these to make sure are the best. I thought mine are LOL
    thanks for sharing your recipe too Kate

    Happy weekend

  5. briarrose

    M&M cookies are such a nostalgia cookie for me. 😉 They were my favorite as a kid. Must whip some of these up.

  6. purabi naha

    These cookies look so yummy. I love your recipes, you really deserve to be featured on foodbuzz! Well done, my friend!

  7. Vicki @ WITK

    These look so delicious! Just like the cookies at the mall 🙂 I want to bake a whole batch! (Then eat them all…)

  8. Terra

    Woo Hoo!!!! Congrats on making the beautiful number one spot on Foodbuzz!!! It really is a lovely photo:-) AND the cookies look way too yummy:-)
    Hugs, Terra

  9. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Congrats on Top 9! This cookie recipe is for 40 cookies. Any cookies left for me? 🙂 Looks yum and kids and I will go crazy for this for sure!

  10. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Our mothers knew something about baking! It was all about the Crisco 🙂 After all your fine-tuning I’m sure these are aaamazing! Congrats on the Top 9 – great way to start the weekend – hope the rest of it is equally awesome, Kate 🙂

  11. Molly

    These look sooo good – but i have a question….do i need to get the butter flavored shortening?
    Thanks so much!!

  12. Susan

    I think M&M cookies are just about my favorite. I buy the holiday M&ms when they are on sale and hoard them for just his kind of thing. At the university cafeteria oh so many years ago, they had the best ones. I got the recipe from them, it has peanut butter of all things, and it is quite good. I want in these cookies, I will have to try this.

  13. sarah

    Oh I am so going to trust your tastebuds on this one and try these with shortening- how can I resist “the best” m&m cookies?!?

  14. Kristen

    There is something about adding candy to a cookie that makes us all sit up and take notice. Love the cookie pose!

  15. Biren @ Roti n Rice

    I have not had an M&M cookie in a while. These look amazing and I am sure the shortening must give it an almost melt-in-the-mouth texture.

  16. Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz

    OMG…flashback. I have not bought/used shortening since, ah, 20 years! Yikes. But I may have to reconsider if those awesome cookies are worth it. I am so hungry on top of it.

  17. Tes

    What a lovely cookies, Kate! My son has been begging me to make something like this for ages… your recipe seems perfect! Congrats on top 9 🙂

  18. Ramona

    These pictures are so wonderful the cookies look like I could just pick one out and eat it! I really wish I could do that because they look delicious! You’re a great photographer and cook/baker. Kudos to you for making Top 9! : )

  19. Jamie @ Wokintime

    whoa m&m cookies! dangerous. I’ve never attempted these because I’d eat the whole batch, but these are my absolute favorite cookies!

  20. Manu

    These look so good and lots of fun (both to make and to eat hehehe). Great pictures as well! Thanks for sharing Kate! 🙂

  21. Linda

    I’m not suprised that the shortening made this cookie the Best! I found in almost all of my mother’s baking recipes that she used shortening! She never wrote down how much of anything, but shortening was definitely listed!!

  22. Apron Appeal

    but butter is [a] shortening. Why can’t the two be subbed more easily. I’ll have to do some research.

  23. Karen

    Oh no! That song is going to be stuck in my head for days!!
    These cookies look so good…love M&Ms in cookies. And the shortening must just make them to-die-for. Yum!

  24. Claudia

    Yes – shortening does indeed have a place in cookie recipes. These do look tender – and so pretty and I would only have 7 or 8 of them and share the rest.

  25. Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen

    All my best ever cookies also use shortening, and since I haven’t baked cookies for the longest time, I should give your recipe a try! I’m sure my kids will be delighted ;-).

  26. Baking Serendipity

    My mother in law makes her M&M cookies with shortening too and they are so good! I definitely think you both are on to something 🙂 These look fantastic!

  27. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    LOL! Have you seen my *best ever* cookies?! They use shortening too! Poor butter…we love you butter, we really do!

  28. claudia lamascolo

    I have wanted to try these since its my favorite candy they look wonderful bet the kids went nuts over these! including the hubby 🙂 wink wink)

  29. Parsley Sage

    No butter? Best Cookie ever? My brain…it hurts! That sure looks delicious though. Love that first ‘vogue’ shot 🙂

  30. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    Oh my do these cookies look sooooo good! I love M&M cookies and can’t wait to try your recipe. 🙂

  31. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

    Anytime I read “the Best” it sounds like a challenge. 😉
    I will HAVE to make them so I know for sure!

  32. Celia

    I’m a confirmed butter addict…but these look pretty awesome! Might up the M&M quota, but they’re definitely vogue-worthy. Strike a pose, cookies, nothing to it…

  33. Emily @ Life on Food

    Makes 40 cookies, yikes that would be really dangerous in my house. I love M&M cookies. Although I don’t bake them often at home, they are always the ones I tend to buy at bakeries. Strange I know.

    I constantly switch bake and forth between butter and shortening in my cookie recipes. There really is quite a big difference in the cookies depending on which you use.

  34. The Harried Cook

    I’m trying to hard to stay away from shortening, and failing! I try to stick to the all-butter route, but your description of this recipe makes me want to give shortening another go! The cookies look brilliant 🙂

  35. Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet}

    Kate – those look pretty darn tasty! Love using shortning instead of butter since it keeps the cookies softer. These are a must try! 🙂

  36. kitchenarian

    I love these cookies. They look amazingly delicious – I love the pictures too. Now I need to make these.

  37. Kim - Liv Life

    Much as I hate to admit it, I could sit down and eat a bag of M&M’s… well… maybe not really, but the idea of it is really appealing. Surround those tasty little guys with cookie dough and WOW! Yep… we’ll have to make these! And without the butter my lactose intolerant son will be happier!

  38. kankana

    Vegetable shortening instead of butter. Will that also mean less calorie ? just asking dear .. as I have no idea and you know i am not much into baking!
    I really like the look of the cookies .. mine never looks nice 🙂

    1. Kate@Diethood

      Hi Kankana!! 🙂

      Butter is 100 calories/tablespoon and the vegetable shortening that I use (Crisco) has 110 calories/tablespoon… so slightly more than butter.

  39. Happy When Not Hungry

    These cookies look amazing!!!! Love how simple the recipe is too. Thanks for sharing Kate 🙂

  40. Mary

    These really do look wonderful. My grandsons will love these cookies. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  41. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    These look delicious. I’m okay with shortening in cookies. You’re right, it gives them great texture. Sometimes I use a mix of both butter and shortening to get some of best of both worlds. I’ll have to give these a try!

  42. Claire @ Claire K Creations

    If you say they’re the best and seeing as you’ve put so much effort into tweaking them I’m just going to have to make them. Yum!

  43. Kristy

    My favorite Christmas cookies use shortening too. It’s deadly I tell you – sooooo good. I’m going to have to try it in these M&M cookies now too. The kids will be thrilled. They are M&M junkies. 🙂

  44. Leanna @ Raptortoe

    Awww Kate, why’d you have to put shortening in this. I’m trying to eat healthier here! I can’t justify buying shortening!

    But butter I can sneak in. lol.

  45. Erin

    Love that people are ditching the butter for cookies! I have been using 1/2 butter, 1/2 shortening since I was born – and everyone laughs at me! Never have gone all the way with shortening, but I am going to have to now!

  46. Sandra

    This is a good recipe (even with the shortening). I’ve made it a point to stick to butter, but for the Best M&M Cookie I can give it a go.

  47. Tiffany

    Imaginary convo in my head… ever? yes, EVER! Haha! These look fantastic Kate! I’m sure they’re the best EVER! 😀

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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