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Holiday Double Chocolate M&M Cookies

I mentioned on my Instagram the other day that I was working on a holiday edition of my favorite M&M Chocolate Candy cookies. I’ve been perfecting the recipe for a while now but today is the day. This recipe has found a permenant home in my kitchen because of the versatility of these cookies. I might even have to do a chocolate mint version of them ( with mint M&Ms!) I get a little too excited about new cookie ideas. As much as I love cupcakes I have to say that cookies have a special place in my heart. They are such a quick and easy handmade treat for after school, weekends, and every once in a while breakfasts. I love being able to have fresh made cookies waiting in the cookie jar to be eaten. With these cookies just a simple change of the candy used can adapt them to any holiday or season. The M&M store offers color packs to match any event or even team colors for after practice cookies.

holiday double chocolate M&M cookies

Double Chocolate Holiday Cookies

The chocolate pudding mix is definitely the star of these cookies. It both helps as a rising agent and gives the cookies a silky chocolate texture. It is absolutely delicious and the perfect chocolate match to the candy used.

Vanilla, strawberry, or even banana pudding mix can be used for this recipe to tailor the cookies to your recipe. I can think of about a million combinations I want to try.

Holiday Double Chocolate Candy Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 35 minutes

Yield: 24 cookies

Holiday Double Chocolate Candy Cookies

These super chocolatey holiday cookies are an instant kid favorite.


  • 3/4 C packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 C turbinado sugar
  • 3/4 C unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 2 C organic flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C holiday M&M candies


  1. Combine butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix for 2-3 minutes on medium until you have a smooth blend.
  2. In a separate bowl sift flour. Add pudding mix and baking soda. Stir with a whisk until fully blended.
  3. Add flour mixture into sugar mixture while mixing with paddle attachment. ( I prefer the whisk attachment for mixing butter/sugars. I don't know if it is the right one to use, but I like it )
  4. Continue to blend until a soft ball begins to form. Fold M&M candies into the dough with a spatula.
  5. Chill dough in fridge for 1-2 hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While your oven is preheating set your dough out to warm up slightly. This will make it easier to scoop out but still chilled enough to not spread out too much.
  7. Using a cookie scoop make 12 balls on cookie sheet. Flatten each cookie slightly with the bottom of a glass ( or your palm if you are impatient like me ). Press leftover candy pieces in any plain spots on the cookies.
  8. Bake 10-13 minutes. ( Watch them closely as oven times differ. ) Cool in pan for 10 minutes and transfer to rack to finish cooling completely.

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Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? We would love to hear what you guys have been baking! Even if it hasn’t felt much like the holidays around here with my daughter in the hospital we are still baking up a storm. Cookies and cupcakes make everything better, right?

holiday double chocolate M&M cookies

Healthy Recipes Coming Soon

Have you heard the news? All new recipes and a new cookbook are coming soon to Ghastly Girl! In 2015 I lost close to 90lbs following a simple diet and exercise regimine that I created. Due to medication, loss of a job, and a ton of other factors that caused me to be less active with a slower metabolism I have put a lot of weight back on.

In 2018, we will be doing it all over again. I know, not as many baked sweets! The good news is you can still have a ton of baked goods and other foods using my weight loss plan. It’s just a matter of a few simple modifications.

We’ll talk more about that soon, but I had to share because I am so excited to take this weight loss journey again and to share it with you guys.

We’ll have a Facebook Group coming soon with weight loss tips, healthy recipes, inspiration, and weekly challenges. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for updates as we get closer to starting this series!

Happy Baking!

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Holiday Double Chocolate M&M Cookies from Ghastly Girl. The ultimate kids treat for holiday parties.

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Ghastly is a special needs homeschooler and mom living with Lupus and Bipolar Disorder. She is passionate about helping other moms living with mental illness or chronic illness, celebrating awesome kids, and herding cats.
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