Bring on the Spring with these Colorful M&M Candy Cookies

spring M&M cookie recipe

Spring is in the Air

Spring officially started a few days ago but for me, it just didn’t quite feel like it yet. Although it was nice and warm down in Arkansas we were back in our home state of Ohio visiting for my grandmother’s funeral. Not only was it cold but on the day we left it started snowing! Perhaps it was because I was already feeling awful about losing my grandmother, but I was NOT in the mood for snow that day.

Thankfully by the time we made it about midway through Kentucky on our way home the snow was all but gone. (but MAN was it still cold!) Now that we are back in Arkansas it’s a little rainy (no surprise there lol) but it’s warm enough to wear tank tops and I even wore shorts the other day. Some days I’m less than a fan of living in Arkansas but I am definitely a fan of the weather after growing up in the North.

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One thing was sure in our house though. We were all feeling pretty down with the loss of such an amazing woman so it was time to bring a little more spring cheer to our lives. These Spring M&M candy cookies were just the right thing to do that.

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spring M&M Cookie recipe

Spring M&M Candy Cookies

These M&M candy cookies are a perfect addition to your Easter snacking or great for any springtime cookie cravings. If you remember our holiday baking posts from December you’re already familiar with our double chocolate version of this cookie. This one is more of a vanilla flavor but still follows the same basic recipe.

Spring M&M Candy Cookies

Prep Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: 24-36 depending on cookie size

Spring M&M Candy Cookies

These bright and colorful cookies use spring themed M&M candies for a burst of chocolate flavor


  • 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
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 C organic flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 C M&M candies
  • 1 C chocolate chips


  1. Combine butter and sugars in stand mixer. Blend until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in egg and vanilla extract and blend until combined.
  3. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and cornstarch.
  4. Gradually add dry ingredients into butter mixture and blend until just combined.
  5. Fold M&M candies and chocolate chips into mix using a spatula.
  6. Chill dough 45 minutes to 1 hour before baking. This will help keep your cookies from spreading out too much while baking.
  7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. While your oven is heating up remove dough from refrigerator to let soften slightly.
  8. Using a dough scoop place cookies evenly spaced on baking sheet. Flatten each dough ball slightly using the bottom of a glass. Press M&M candies into any blank spots on the cookies.
  9. Bake 10-13 minutes ( watch as oven times will vary). Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to rack to cool completely.


We went for a smaller cookie. However, for a slightly larger cookie simply use a larger dough scoop or form balls by hand. Larger cookies may need slightly longer in the oven.

For an added layer of flavor, you can also use vanilla instant pudding mix in your cookies in place of the cornstarch. When substituting the pudding mix for cornstarch I generally use about 1/2 to 1 package in place of the 2 T of cornstarch. This will make the cookies a little more vanilla-y and give them a little more of a smooth texture.

If you really want to experiment you can use a lemon pudding or even a strawberry one! If you give that a try be sure to leave me a comment and let me know how it turned out! I’m sure they would be so pretty with this type of M&M candy!

You can do this recipe with or without the chocolate chips. I usually find that the cookies are just fine with only the M&M candies (because they are pretty chocolatey on their own) but thought I would add in some chocolate chips for a little extra kick this time.

I do enjoy the variation in texture with the two kinds of chocolate and will be doing my cookies this way again in the future. In the end, it’s really up to you on how much chocolate you want in your cookies. If you don’t want them or don’t have any on hand don’t sweat it!

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spring M&M Cookie recipe

Springtime Fun

We are so excited for spring to be here. The fall and winter have been pretty rough around here so we are determined to make the most out of the warmer weather now that it is here. We will be featuring tons of camping and fun outdoor activities, fun crafts for kids, and of course tons of yummy recipes!

We would love to see what you have going on this spring as well! Be sure to subscribe, find us on social media, or join one of our Pinterest group boards as a contributor to stay in touch!

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