Nothing is better than the classics! These gluten-free M&M Cookies are proof of that. Simple cookies with crispy edges, soft centers, and loaded with M&M candies throughout.
M&M candies are really fun to bake with.
The original is super colorful. Transforming any plain baked good into a fun, color-filled treat.
Then, you’ve got all the different seasonal colors. You could make the exact SAME recipe, every year for every Holiday, and have it look different every time.
And, if it’s a family favorite recipe then you’ve hit the jackpot. A seasonally decorated, family favorite, that’s easy to make too?! It doesn’t get much better.
These gluten-free M&M Cookies are just that.
So when you’re losing your mind during the Holidays because there’s so much to do and not enough time (surely I can’t be the only one?!), these are the cookies to make.
They aren’t anything new or fancy, that’ll have people talking. Instead, M&M Cookies are classic and nostalgic. You feel at home eating one of these cookies. And that feeling goes beautifully with any celebration.
TIP: Prior to baking your cookie dough balls, gently press a few more M&M candies into the tops (if you want them to look as pictured, so not all the M&M’s are hidden in the dough).
There’s a few different ways to decorate these cookies.
First, you can go with the classic: all M&M candies (whatever color you’d like). This one never fails. These are the M&M Cookies that are pictured.
BUT, if you want to get a little extra fancy you can add a few more ingredients (that are still easy to use) to make these M&M cookies really shine.
First, you can do a combination of M&M candies and chocolate chips. Think, 1/2 cup of M&M’s and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips. You could add any kind of chocolate chips (white, milk, dark, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc). The chocolate chips will bring some more melty pools of chocolate into the cookies, that will compliment the crunch of the M&M candies well.
You could also add some sprinkles to your batter. Just 1/4 cup of jimmy sprinkles will add an extra festive and fun appearance. Jimmy sprinkles are best, because the colors don’t bleed into your dough as easily. And, they come in several different color combinations.
Lastly, you can drizzle extra chocolate on top of your M&M Cookies (and even add sprinkles as well). If you’ve got a little extra time and like decorating, this is for you! This makes these classic cookies about as pretty as they can get.
These gluten-free M&M Cookies are a classic, nostalgic, simple recipe that my family loves during the Holidays. Dress them up however you’d like, or don’t. These are a great cookie recipe to have in your back pocket when the Holidays get crazy!
After you make them, let me know what you think. Does your family loves M&M candies as much as mine does?! There’s just something about them. Leave a comment and rating, below.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour
- 2 tsp cornstarch (optional)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup M&M candies
To begin, preheat your oven to 350 and spray two pans with non-stick spray.
To a large mixing bowl, add your butter, white sugar and brown sugar and beat together with a mixer till creamy. Add your vanilla and egg and briefly blend in.
To the same bowl, add your flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Mix together till you have a smooth, thick cookie dough.
Add your M&M candies to the dough and fold them in.
Using a medium cookie scoop, evenly space cookie dough balls onto your pans. You should have about 18 cookies.
Bake in the oven for 9-11 minutes, or till the edges are just cooked and the center looks a touch underdone.
Let cool, then devour!
Stored in an airtight container, these cookies taste best within 3-4 days. Alternatively, you can freeze the dough or baked cookies for later use.