Soft Batch Christmas M&M Cookies are going to be your new favorite holiday cookie! These cookies are super soft, perfectly chewy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

Christmas M&M cookies stacked on each other on a white countertop.

Christmas M&M Cookies are a deliciously simple treat to have on hand for the holidays. Made with pudding mix, chocolate chips, and holiday M&M’s, this is a great cookie for all of your holiday get togethers!

For another tasty holiday cookie, check out my Italian Thumbprint Cookie or these Chocolate Espresso Cookies! If you love pudding mix in cookies, you don’t want to miss my Double Chocolate Pudding Cookies made with chocolate pudding mix.

Looking for more great holiday cookie recipes? Don’t miss my White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies and my Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies – easy and delicious recipes that are perfect for the holidays! Looking for another fun holiday cookie recipe? Don’t miss my simple St Patrick’s Day cookies!

Looking for the perfect holiday cookie to gift to your neighbors, teachers, and friends? Well this cookie is it! Who doesn’t love a great chocolate chip cookie, and the M&M’s make it even better with their festive color and candy-coated crunch!

Once you make these cookies, they’ll be your go-to cookie year round too! Swap out the green and red M&M’s for red, pink, and white, and make these for Valentines Day. Red, white, and blue M&M’s for the 4th of July. You see where I’m going with this, right?!

What makes these Soft Batch Christmas M&M Cookies so much better than the other recipes out there? It’s the secret ingredient: vanilla pudding mix. If you’ve never made cookies using pudding mix, you are missing out. It is definitely the key to super soft and fluffy cookies.

overhead photo of Christmas M&M Cookies on a white surface.

Soft Batch Christmas M&M Cookies couldn’t be easier to make either. I recently just made a triple batch of these cookies for a cookie exchange and they turned out even better than imagined.

So, give Santa the cookies he really wants and bake up a batch of Christmas M&M Cookies today!


overhead photo of ingredients including vanilla pudding mix and chocolate chips.

To make Christmas M&M Cookies you need: flour, brown sugar, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, Jell-O pudding mix, baking soda, chocolate chips, and red and green M&M’s.

  • Chocolate chips: here, I use semi-sweet chocolate chips but you can use milk chocolate or dark chocolate if you have them.
  • Christmas M&M’s: those red and green M&M’s make this cookie extra festive and fun! But of course, you can use any color you’d like.
  • Jell-O pudding mix: This is my secret ingredient to make soft-batch cookies. Pick up a box and add it to the batter for best cookies ever!
  • Sugars: the combo of sugar and brown sugar keep these cookies moist and give them the best flavor.

How to Make Christmas M&M Cookies

To start, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick mat or parchment paper; set aside.

process shots showing how to make recipe including pressing the candies into the dough balls before baking.

Step 1: mix together the dry ingredients.

Start by whisking together the dry ingredients. This includes the flour, baking soda, salt, and package of vanilla Jell-O pudding mix; set aside.

Step 2: beat together wet ingredients.

Then, in a separate bowl, use a handheld mixer to mix together the sugars and butter until light and fluffy; about 2-3 minutes. Next, beat in the egg and vanilla.

Step 3: combine all ingredients.

Add the dry ingredients into wet and mix until well combined. Lastly, fold in the chocolate chips and M&M’s (save some for topping).

Step 4: scoop and bake.

Use a cookie scoop to roll into evenly-shaped balls and place on baking mat. Press down gently and stick 2-3 M&M’s on top of each cookie. Because these cookie will expand, don’t put them too close together on the baking pan.

Christmas M&M Cookies with green and red M&Ms on a white surface.

Bake at 350 for 11-13 minutes or until golden brown. Because they will not change much in color, be careful not to overcook. Also, the cookies will come out of the oven fluffy, but will settle within a couple of minutes.

Expert Tips

  • Use room temperature butter for this recipe.
  • Be sure to cream the butter and sugar well; you want it light and fluffy.
  • Don’t skip the vanilla pudding mix! It gives the cookies that soft batch flavor and texture.
  • Save some M&M’s for pressing onto the tops of the cookies before baking.
  • Roll the dough into balls before baking to get perfectly round and uniform cookies.
Green and red M&M cookies on a white surface.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you add pudding mix to cookies?

Pudding Mix is a great addition to cookies! Just add the dry Jell-O pudding mix along with the dry ingredients to make super soft batch and flavorful cookies.

How to make soft Christmas M&M cookies?

I like to make my Christmas M&M Cookies extra soft by using both brown sugar and granulated sugar. If you have it, add vanilla pudding mix to the batter as well.

How to store M&M cookies?

You can store M&M cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days. Keep extra fresh by refrigerating for up to a week, for freezing for up to a month.

Christmas M&M Cookies on a white surface with chocolate chips.

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Christmas M&M Cookies

Christmas M&M Cookies

The secret ingredient to make these cookies so soft and fluffy is vanilla pudding mix! Give these a try and guaranteed it will be your new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. 
5 from 12 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 121kcal
Cost: 8-10


  • ½ cup butter, room temperature (one stick)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 3.4 ounce package instant vanilla pudding mix (like Jell-O)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup red & green M&M’s (divided)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper. Set aside. 
  • In a stand up mixer, or bowl with handheld mixer, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and stir well to combine. Fold in the chocolate chips and ½ cup of the M&M’s. 
  • Using a cookie scoop, measure out equal balls of dough and place on baking sheet. Flatten slightly and press in remaining M&M’s on top of the cookies. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on wire baking rack. 


  • Use room temperature butter for this recipe.
  • Be sure to cream the butter and sugar well; you want it light and fluffy.
  • Don’t skip the vanilla pudding mix! It gives the cookies that soft batch flavor and texture.
  • Save some M&M’s for pressing onto the tops of the cookies before baking.
  • Roll the dough into balls before baking to get perfectly round and uniform cookies.
  • Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to a week or freeze for up to a month. 


Calories: 121kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 0.03mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  1. 5 stars
    The absolute BEST M&M Cookie recipe! The addition of the vanilla pudding sends it to the next level. I make these every year for Christmas and also for Easter – with pastel M&Ms 😉

  2. 5 stars
    The holiday baking has already started here and we are always looking for new ideas and cookies to add to the list! These cookies look fantastic!

  3. 5 stars
    I would love to just grab one of these cookies. They look so soft. I am adding these to my must make list for the holidays.