From the December 2019 issue

Holiday M&M Drop Cookies

When it comes to Christmas, chocolate chip cookies just don't cut it but these holiday M&M drop cookies offer a similar flavor with more holiday flair.

M&M drop cookies on a red background
Photo by Lauren Jeziorski

Let’s get something straight: chocolate chip cookies are not Christmas cookies. They may be easy, they may be delicious, but they are not holiday special. But a simple swap of red and green M&Ms kicks up the Christmas quotient and our recipe is truly one of the best.

Looking for other holiday cookie recipes? Check out our Season’s Eatings cookie roundup

Quick tips

  • Refrigerate the dough for 1-2 hours to help the cookies keep their shape and not flatten out.
  • Brown the butter if you want to add a rich toffee-like flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups + 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, melted and cooled until warm
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups red and green holiday M&M’s

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. Mix the butter and both sugars until thoroughly blended. Beat in the egg, yolk, and vanilla until combined.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and mix at low speed just until combined. Stir in the M&M’s; don’t use a mixer for this step or they will get broken up.
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 1 hour, though could do it overnight.
  6. Scoop out 2 tablespoons of dough and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets.
  7. Bake cookies until they’re light golden brown and the outer edges begin to set, about 12-15 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through. These cookies look under done in the middle, but they are not. Don’t overcook.
  8. Let cookies cook on baking sheets for 5 minutes. Remove and let fully cool on baking rack.

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