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Perfect M&M Cookies

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With the perfect mix of brown sugar and buttery flavor, pretty M&Ms and a splash of sprinkles, these cookies are sure to delight your taste buds. This version is ready for Valentine’s Day, but you can change the color of the candy to match any occasion.

hand holding M&M cookie with some Valentine's sprinkles on top

Chewy delicious cookies studded with chocolate chips and fun candy coated chocolates are perfect for a party. Pick whatever color candies you’d like and the cookies are instantly dressed up for any holiday.  It’s a good thing the recipe makes a big batch of cookies, because everyone will want more!

Childhood cancer and Cookies for Kids

It is my absolute pleasure to be participating in this fundraiser for Cookies for Kids Cancer again.  Each year Julie from The Little Kitchen gets a bunch of bloggers together to raise money and awareness for the fabulous organization.

People very near and dear to us have a very close connection to childhood cancer. Because of their connection we have had a glimpse into a world that is hard to imagine.

mixer bowl of cookie dough with Valentine's M&Ms and chocolate chips.

Not only have we seen their battle, but the battle of other local children. It starts to feel a whole lot less rare and far away when you know the names and see the faces of these little cancer warriors.

Plus it becomes all to clear that the current treatment options are far from adequate. Almost all of the protocols were developed with adults in mind.

Children are not little adults. Their bodies are still growing and developing.

Those adult treatments may help kill the cancer, but they often leave lifelong effects. Those poisons designed to kill fast growing cancer cells often harm cells that are just growing fast because the child is growing.

Cookies for Kids Cancer was started by parents of a cancer warrior turned angel. They saw how much work was left to be done in researching pediatric cancers as their own illnesses and they set out to make a change.

balls of cookie dough with some spinkles on top ready to bake.

As part of today’s post I made a donation to the cause. It is the very least I could do and I feel privileged to be able to help in some small way.

Thanks to the generosity of matching sponsors Mediavine, OXO and Imperial Sugar that donation was multiplied by three. They will match your donations as well if you are inspired to give.

The charity started with a bake sale. Now they raise money by selling cookies online, through donations like mine and through generous souls who host bake sales and other events to raise money.

About the recipe

In honor of that history and in support of the mission I thought it would be fun to share some cookies today. This recipe makes a ton of cookies, making them perfect for a bake sale.

These were a practice round for Little Dude’s Valentine’s Day party at school. I am baking a batch for him to share with his friends there and the daycare kids too.

sprinkle and M&M cookies on cooling rack

They would also be perfect on Christmas cookie trays if you use red and green candies instead of red, pink and white.

If you don’t have a large crowd to share with, feel free to half the recipe. Or go ahead and make the full batch and save some for later.

The cookies are fabulous without sprinkles, but fun sprinkles always add a little extra pizzazz. I used a fun Valentine’s mix highlighted with pink hearts, but you can use your favorite mix. Just don’t use nonpareils, they tend to melt into cookies when they bake.

Just put a couple of Tablespoons of sprinkles into a small bowl and gently tap the top of a ball of dough into them.  It doesn’t take very many to add a big impact on the baked cookies.

Storing your cookies and freezing the dough

Cookies can be stored at room temperature for several days. Put them in an airtight container to keep them fresh.

Adding a slice of sandwich bread to the container helps keep them softer for longer. The bread will help keep a higher level of moisture in the container.

These cookies freeze well. You freeze baked cookies for several months in a freezer bag.

You can also freeze balls of dough on a cookie sheet and then transfer the frozen dough balls into a freezer bag. You can bake the dough from frozen, just add a minute or two to the baking time.

m&m cookies with sprinkles and chocolate chips in piles ready to eat.

If you would like to give

Help us make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!

Our goal is to raise at least $3000. Because these three companies: OXO, Mediavine and Dixie Crystals have each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000! That means when we raise $1, it turns into $4!

More cookies for the cause

I have been blessed to share several recipes for the cause of the years. You can check out my soft sugar cookie bars, chocolate spritz sandwich cookies, salted caramel blondies and chewy maple cinnamon cookies for a deeper look at why the cause is so dear to me and for more great recipes.

Did you make this recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

Yield: 84 Cookies

Perfect M&M Cookies

hand holding chewy cookie with pink and white m&ms and sprinkles

With the perfect mix of brown sugar and buttery flavor, pretty M&Ms and a splash of sprinkles, these cookies are sure to delight your taste buds. This version is ready for Valentine's Day, but you can change the color of the candy to match any occasion.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 55 minutes


  • 2 cups unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 cups flour
  • 10 ounce bag M&M's
  • 10 ounce bag chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sprinkles


  1. Cream together butter and sugars for 5 minutes.
  2. Add vanilla and then eggs, one at a time, beating until incorporated.
  3. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to butter mixture and mix until combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and M&Ms. Chill for at least a half hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  6. Drop in rounded tablespoons (I used a medium cookie scoop) onto baking sheet, leaving a couple of inches between cookies. Dip the top of each ball in a bowl of sprinkles if desired.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheet and then remove to wire rack to cool completely.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 146Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 2g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

Did you make this recipe?

I'd love to see it! Share a picture on Instagram or Pinterest and tag me @carleecooks to let me know how it went!

With the perfect mix of brown sugar and buttery flavor, pretty M&Ms and a splash of sprinkles, these cookies are sure to delight your taste buds. This version is ready for Valentine's Day, but you can change the color of the candy to match any occasion.

Thanks for sharing!


Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Sunday 1st of March 2020

Baked these today and they are a huge hit!


Monday 2nd of March 2020

That makes my heart so happy! Thank you so much for telling me!


Saturday 15th of February 2020

One of the things that I like the most about Valentine's Day is the cookies (and the frosting)! These cookies turned out so cute and I do love that they can be decorated to fit the occasion.

Camilla M. Mann

Monday 10th of February 2020

These look SO festive. Thanks for joining the event today, Carlee, and sharing this recipe. I can't wait to try it.


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

Thanks, Camilla!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Monday 10th of February 2020

These really are perfect! I loooove a chewy cookie, especially when it's loaded with mix-ins!


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

I am the same way, I love a nice chewy cookie and the more mixins the better!

Andrea Nine

Monday 10th of February 2020

I am so happy you’re partnering for this cause. Such a sad and devastating thing when a child has cancer. These cookies are the perfect way to shed some love with sweetness!


Wednesday 12th of February 2020

It is absolutely devastating, so if these cookies can help in some small way I am happy to help spread awareness and sweetness!

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