Hot Buttered Baking: Colorful Candy Cookies


Maybe it’s because my name starts with an “M” that I’ve always been fond of M&M’s candies.

Or maybe it’s because the chocolate orbs have a thin candy coating with a satisfying crunch.

Whatever the reason, they are fun and I’ve rarely met someone who doesn’t enjoy a handful of the little goodies.

So the thought of putting these sweets in cookies makes me drool.

When I’m bored with regular chocolate chip cookies, I invest in a bag of M&M’s — which aren’t very cheap these days.

This makes the cookie dough extra delicious and makes the cookies even more of a treat.

It’s an enjoyable experience biting into the sweet, but savory cookies and getting a chunk of candy-coated chocolate.

Seeing the colors from the M&M’s melt and lightly dye the cookie dough around them makes baking feel like a playful art project.


Colorful Candy Cookies




  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 package dry vanilla instant pudding mix (small 3.4-ounce box)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ¼ cups white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (leave out if using salted butter)
  • 1 ½ cups M&M’s


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, white sugar and instant pudding mix. Mix until light and fluffy.
  2. Stir in the two eggs and vanilla extract. Mix until just combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredient mixture to the buttery mixture. Mix until just combined.
  5. Stir in the M&M’s.
  6. Drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about two inches apart onto greased baking sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
  8. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.






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