The Best M&M Cookies

The Best M&M Cookies – Soft, buttery and irresistible M&M Cookies!
m&m cookies

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.

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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
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
The Best M&M Cookies - Soft, buttery and irresistible M&M Cookies!
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40
Calories: 113 kcal
Author: Katerina | Diethood
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In your electric mixer’s bowl, mix together the sugars, shortening, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add in the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and blend it all together.
  5. Fold in the M&M’s. (If you like, you can add in more M&M’s)
  6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown.
Recipe Notes

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.

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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. 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. 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

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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! : )

  8. 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!!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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!

  15. 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 🙂

  16. 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!

  17. 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. 🙂

  18. 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!

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