Old-Fashioned M&M Cookies

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Your perfect cookie for dunkin’! These Old Fashioned M&M Cookies are hard to resist. Get some milk and start dunkin’ ASAP!

M & M Cookies Recipe

This old-fashioned M&M Cookies recipe is the one I remember Mama making the most growing up. Unlike many of today’s cookies, these have a good crunch to them. That, along with a pure flavor brought about by the vanilla makes them absolutely perfect for dunking in milk. I repeat: Absolutely perfect. Divine. Sublime. Wonderful. I really, really, really, want you to make these and have them with a glass of milk — tonight!

An Old-Fashioned Recipe

Mama used to always make this recipe and put the little balls of dough on baking sheets before transferring them to the table where the three of us sat at the ready. She’d give each of us a little bowl of M&M’s and we had one rule: We could put three M&M’s on each cookie — no more. I didn’t understand why Mama had that rule until I made these with son for the first time. There was one cookie that kid had put fifteen M&M’s on! ~laughs~ 

So now I revert to Mama’s wisdom. I put some M&M’s in the batter and then each cookie is adorned with exactly three M&M’s on top!

Keep reading to see how to make these little beauties as well as how I get my all red M&M’s for half price!

Ingredients for this Old-Fashioned M&M Cookies Recipe are:  

  • Solid Vegetable Shortening (I like to use Coconut Oil but you can use whatever you like)
  • Brown Sugar (dark or light, whatever you have on hand)
  • M&M’s
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Self Rising Flour (See FAQ on how to make your own)
  • Vanilla



*Tip for Getting Red M&M’s on the Cheap*

I buy Christmas M&M’s for half price right after the holidays. Keep that in mind for next year if need be! It’s great to already have them on hand whenever the urge to make these old-fashioned m&m cookies strikes!

*I always store candies and such that I plan on baking with in mason jars rather than the original bags. Mason jars are reusable and keep them fresh better than the bags. Critters, if determined, can easily get into those bags, too. So glass jars is a safe way to keep everything stored until you need it!


Then I sort them by color.

Red ones are perfect for Valentines Day

and the green ones are great for the very next holiday: St. Patrick’s Day!


I put the green ones back in the jar and my kids will be ready to make our “lucky” cookies and treats next month.

Now let’s get to this recipe!

How To Make this Old-Fashioned M&M Cookies Recipe Step-by-Step

Place your shortening in a mixing bowl and add sugars.

I always just use whatever brown sugar I have on hand whenever a recipe calls for brown sugar of any kind.

I prefer dark because of the richer flavor but either one works.

add eggs and vanilla

Add eggs and vanilla.

Mix the M & M Cookie batter

Mix all that up until creamy and blended, scraping down the sides of the bowl if you need to.

Mama’s recipe says to add your flour gradually.

~arches a brow and smirks~

Raise your hand if you think I’m gonna do that…

Yeah, right. Dump all of your flour in at once. Walk on the wild-side with me.

Mix her up and add those M&M’s 

I add about half because you want to save some to put on the top.

M & M cookie recipe dough

It will look something like this.  


Spray your baking sheet with cooking spray. Shape the dough into little balls about one inch in size.

Add a couple more M&M’s on top

Bake for ten to twelve minutes or so…

When they are done baking they’ll look like this. And they are ready for Dunkin’!


M & M Cookies Recipe

Old-Fashioned M&M Cookies Recipe

You are gonna love these Old-Fashioned M&M Cookies! They really are made the old-fashioned way. Just enough crunch and tasty goodness to have the family coming back for more.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 4
Calories: 190kcal


  • 1 cup solid Vegetable Shortening I use coconut oil but you can use your favorite
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups self rising flour*
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M's


  • Combine shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla and mix thoroughly. Gradually add in flour and mix well (or just dump it in all at once like I do). Stir in 1/2 cup M&M's, reserving rest to decorate the tops with.Form dough into one inch balls and place on greased cookie sheet. Decorate tops with additional M&M's (this is GREAT for kids to help with!) and bake at 375 for ten to twelve minutes or until golden brown. Makes about five dozen.


Calories: 190kcal
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  1. I used to do the same thing with the Christmas chocolate kisses when my kids were in elementary school. I’d separate the red and green ones into zipper bags. Then in Feb. I’d send the red ones to school and in March I’d send the green ones to school. Their teachers were always happy to have a little treat to pass out or use at the holiday parties (back when schools could have holiday parties). Now I’ll remember to do this with MMs, too!

  2. Hi Christy! Love this recipe. Just have one question. Can I use margarine instead of shortening? Just ’cause that’s what I have on hand!!

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  4. Christy, I just love reading your recipes! You are the sweetest gal, I feel like I’ve known you all my life! I look forward to opening your emails everyday, thank you for your ray of sunshine~

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