St Patrick’s Day Cookies are a delicious and fun way to celebrate the holiday. You’re going to love these simple M&M and white chocolate chip cookies that are ready in less than 30 minutes!

St. Patrick's Day Cookies with white chocolate and M&Ms stacked high on a white board.

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these super fun and festive cookies made with green M&M’s and white chocolate chips. This recipe comes together fast and is a super fun treat to have on hand for the day.

Got leftover M&M’s? Be sure to check out my recipe for 4th of July M&M Cookies or add them to my Loaded Cookie Pie recipe! And for another slightly green cookie that’s perfect for the holiday, be sure to try these Italian Pistachio Cookies.

Why this recipe works

I love to make cookies with M&M’s whenever there is a holiday to celebrate. The candy-coated treat not only looks festive, but adds a fun twist to traditional chocolate chips.

The white chocolate chips in this recipe helps to sweeten up the cookie without interfering with the M&M chocolate flavor. Plus, it adds such a fun white color to play up the green from the M&M’s.

This recipe for St Patrick’s Day Cookies yields about 4 dozen large cookies. It’s simple to put together and they stay fresh for days. Simply refrigerate or freeze for crispy delicious cookies.

Green and white chocolate chip cookies on a white plate.

Recipe ingredients

This recipe uses all of the usual ingredients you’d find in a chocolate chip cookie recipe. It calls for flour, baking soda, salt, butter, both brown and granulated sugars, eggs, vanilla, and chips. What really makes it special are the add ins.

  • White Chocolate Chips: the white chips in this recipe add a delicious sweetness and play up the green color of the M&M’s. If you can’t find white chocolate chips, regular semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips would work too.
  • Green M&M’s: you can usually find special packages of holiday M&M’s around St. Patrick’s Day at the grocery store. However, you can always just pick out the green M&M’s from a large package of the candy. And, yes, you can always just use whatever colors you have on hand!

Read on to see how easy it is to make the best St Patrick’s Day Cookies!

How to make St Patrick’s Day Cookies

You are going to love how simple this festive recipe is with no special cookie cutters or frosting required! To start, line two baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats.

Whisk together the dry ingredients. Then, in a separate bowl use a hand mixer to cream together the butter and sugars. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and dry ingredients.

Fold in only a cup of the white chocolate chips (save the rest to top the cookies with). Scoop out balls of dough and place on prepared cookie sheets.

To make these extra festive, press a 3-4 green M&M’s on top of the cookie batter along with the remaining white chocolate chips. Make sure you leave about 3 inches between each cookie, as they will spread when they bake.

Bake the cookies for about 9-11 minutes, being careful not to over bake. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Stack of the cookie piled high with green M&M's in them.

Recipe tips and FAQs

Check out my tips and FAQs to ensure the perfect St. Patrick’s Day cookie every time!

  • Don’t rush beating together the butter and sugars. You want the mixture to be very well combined and lighter in color. A handheld mixer is the best option for this.
  • If the dough seems crumbly, use your hands to squeeze it into a ball when placing on the cookie sheet.
  • Be careful not to overcrowd the baking sheet. These cookies will spread and need about 3 inches of space between each cookie.
How long should I bake cookies?

In general you want to bake cookies until they are about a minute from being completely cooked. That is because they will continue to cook when you take them out of the oven. Here, the cookies are ready anytime between 9-11 minutes, which is a good general time for any chocolate chip cookie.

How do I store M&M Cookies?

M&M cookies can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Or you can freeze for up to two months.

What to make with leftover M&M Cookies?

Ice cream sandwiches! These cookies are perfect to turn into ice cream sandwiches because of their size and thickness. Just add a softened scoop of vanilla ice cream between the cookies and freeze. Make extra festive by adding sprinkles to the edges of the ice cream.

St. Patrick's Day Cookies on a white counter with a towel next to it that says "Luck of the Irish".

Be sure to check out these other fun and simple cookie recipes that are perfect for any occasion! And, for a fun twist on a classic, be sure to try these Lemon Amaretti Cookies.

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green M&M and white chocolate chip cookies.

St Patrick’s Day Cookies

Fun and delicious cookies that are perfect for St. Patrick's Day! You can find special St. Patrick' Day M&M's at most grocery stores the month of March, or just pick out all of the green candies from a large bag.
5 from 13 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 48 cookies
Calories: 125kcal
Cost: 6-7


  • baking sheet


  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened (two sticks)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups white chocolate morsels, divided
  • ½ cup green M&M's


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment or nonstick baking mat; set aside.
  • Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; set aside. In a large mixing bowl using a handheld mixer, beat butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in one cup of the white chocolate chips.
  • Use a cookie scoop to measure about a tablespoon of batter and place on baking sheets about 3 inches apart. Gently press down the batter and add in 3-4 M&M's and 4-5 white chocolate chips to the top of the cookie.
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Don’t rush beating together the butter and sugars. You want the mixture to be very well combined and lighter in color. A handheld mixer is the best option for this.
  • If the dough seems crumbly to you, use your hands to squeeze it into a ball when placing on the cookie sheet.
  • Be careful not to overcrowd the baking sheet. These cookies will spread slightly and need about 3 inches of space between each cookie.
  • Cookies can be refrigerated for up to a week in an airtight container or frozen for up to a month. 


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These cookies are so fun and festive! I love M&M cookies and will definitely put them on the St. Patrick’s Day menu this year.