Mini M&M Cookies

These teeny tiny mini M&M cookies are bite-sized, buttery, and adorable! I love making these cookies around the holidays because they are great gap-fillers on cookie trays AND there’s no dough chilling required.

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I swear you’re not seeing things. These cookies are, indeed, itty bitty teeny tiny. You can probably fit about 5 in your mouth at once, but considering how much we love cookies around here… I’d say closer to 10.

We’re using a basic chocolate chip cookie dough with M&Ms instead of chocolate chips. These mini cookies are scaled WAY down to be just a little larger than a quarter. There’s absolutely no dough chilling required (yay!). They’re soft in the centers and chewy on the edges. And if you need a bazillion cookies for gift-giving or bringing into the office… this recipe yields 85. Lololol.

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Watch how they’re made:

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How to Make Mini M&M Cookies

Besides being simply adorable, there’s NO cookie dough chilling! We start with a basic soft-baked chocolate chip cookie dough base. Nothing too fancy or complicated, just the usual gang: butter, sugars, flour, egg, etc. Use mini M&Ms. If you reach for the regular size M&Ms, you’ll only fit, like, 2 in each cookie. Sad! Each mini cookie needs to be full of festive M&Ms, so mini size is best. Let’s review:

  1. Whisk the dry ingredients together. Don’t add the M&Ms yet– we add those last.
  2. Cream the wet ingredients together.
  3. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Add the M&Ms.
  4. Roll cookie dough into balls. About 1 teaspoon of dough per cookie!
  5. Bake. Because these cookies are so small, they only need about 7-8 minutes in the oven.
  6. Enjoy!

Baker’s Tip: Use a teaspoon to measure the cookie dough per cookie. You’ll probably feel extremely silly doing this and I admit… it’s entertaining. The cookie dough balls are SO SMALL. You’re rolling 85 of them and that definitely takes a few minutes. So grab a helping hand (or a few little bakers!) and get a kick out of it together.

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These mini M&M cookies are hilariously small and perfectly pop-able.

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I’m not sure who loves them more… adults or children. Or Santa.

Ah well, ’tis the season!


Mini M&M Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 85 bite-sized cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


Adorably tiny and perfectly popable mini M&M cookies are a hit with adults and kids alike!


  • 1 and 2/3 cups (210g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick; 115g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (200g) mini M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together until combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter, granulated sugar, and the brown sugar together on high speed until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Beat in the M&Ms.
  4. Roll cookie dough into very tiny balls, about 1 teaspoon of dough per cookie and arrange on the baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Slightly flatten each cookie with the back of a spoon if they didn’t spread much. While the cookies are still warm, I like to press a couple extra M&Ms into the tops. This is just for looks! Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Cookies will stay fresh covered at room temperature for 1 week.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: You can make the cookie dough and chill it in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature, if desired, before serving. Unbaked cookie dough balls will freeze well for up to 3 months. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Silpat Baking Mat, Baking Sheet, and Cooling Rack
  3. Regular Size Cookies: Here is my recipe for regular size M&M cookies! And here is my recipe for peanut butter M&M cookies.
  4. This recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction cookbook, the paperback version with 8 bonus recipes. There I use mini chocolate chips instead of mini M&Ms, which you can do here too!
  5. Be sure to check out my top 5 cookie baking tips AND these are my 10 must-have cookie baking tools.

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Just as tasty with regular mini M&Ms too 🙂

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  1. Sally,
    I am always impressed with your photography as well as your baking skills. I’d like to point out that in this post you make a big deal about the cookies’ cute little size, and I’m sure they are adorable in person. That said, these close-up photos are lacking perspective for us readers to see the cuteness at its best. The ribbons could come in any size, so they don’t totally fill that role. These cookies look to me like classic M&M cookies. Not a bad thing. But maybe not the desired effect.

    1. I don’t entirely agree; I have and have seen plenty of those key ring tags in my life (the ones see wrote “Santa” on). Yea, they come in various sizes, but between those and the bowl of M&Ms, I get the idea. :p

    2. Hey Miriam! They’re a little larger than a quarter. So teeny! Look how many fit onto a traditional size baking tray. It’s a lot!

  2. These are so cute and mini! I want to make these right now! 

  3. These look great! If you giftwraped them nicely p, they would make perfect Christmas gift! 

  4. I love these cute and adorable cookies!!!! And I surely can see how SMALL they are!
    Well Done on another amazing cookie palooza recipe! I think Santa will love these 🙂

  5. Nurfatma Perveen says:

    Sally, just when I thought that nothing could get better than those cream cheese stuffed red velvet cookies, you knocked it outta the park again with this recipe. 

    I love that we don’t need to freeze the cookie dough here so that these cookies can escape to my belly a lil faster 😉

    And did I mention how CUTE these look?

    1. Minus the whole rolling-into-85-mini-balls, these are QUICK! No dough chilling either.

  6. Patricia @Sweet And Strong says:

    These are the cutest!  I love M&M cookies 🙂

  7. I cannot handle how cute these are!! Definitely adding them to my cookie tray list!!

  8. Ya know… if you subbed in mini cinnamon chips and rolled these little balls in sugar, they’d ALMOST be mock-mini snickerdoodles. They wouldn’t look as festive but I absolutely adore warm spices during the holidays, too. Yes they’d be missing the signature tang of a snickerdoodle but I mean…. in a pinch. I have a theory that you are building one massive cookie tray to be presented at the end of Cookie Palooza that showcases all of this year’s treats! Good thing I have one massive tray ready to go!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you HomeGoods (and Sally!)

    1. Ahhh I bet HomeGoods has the cutest Christmas decorations out now. I haven’t been there in awhile. Which is a good thing because that place is dangerous. CAN’T STOP BUYING THINGS!
      And yes, I have a massive gathering of cookies up my sleeve to end things. You called it!

  9. Hi Sally! These look so cute! I was so excited for the paperback version of your cookbook when it had the mini chocolate chip cookies!

    You have a typo in the sentence where you talk about no dough chilling required. Just thought I’d let you know! Hope all is well with Noelle! 🙂 

    1. My fingers type too fast! Thanks for catching that 🙂

  10. Hi Sally,
    These cookies are adorable. The only other mini cookie I have seen was tiny peanut butter blossoms with a chocolate chip used in place of a candy kiss…so cute.
    I am curious as to where to buy the mini red/green chips. I have only seen the multicolored ones. Any suggestions…other than sorting out the red/green  from a multi colored bag?

    1. I found them in the seasonal aisle of my regular grocery store (Wegmans) I’ve seen them at Target too!

  11. Ashley @ says:

    I love these! These cookies are the cutest!! I am going to make these this weekend along with your snowman cookies!

    Being that these cookies are so small – I can eat a few and it will only count as one regular sized cookie, right? 🙂

    1. Haha right! Have fun baking!

  12. I made Sally’s Peanut butter cookie recipe with mini M&Ms and I topped them with sea salt and they were UH-MAZING. Crowd pleaser and a me pleaser. Maybe all things should have mini M&Ms in them!

    1. I love mini M&Ms in cookies (as opposed to regular size!) because you get so much more in each bite. I love the sea salt addition on those pb cookies!

  13. These are so adorable! They look pretty dangerous to me!! (Midnight snacking yes?) These are definitely on my to bake list this month!

  14. These are the cutest little cookies I’ve ever seen. Grocery shopping tomorrow so mini M&M’s went on the lengthy list. Hoping my store carries those adorable M&M’s. Your pictures make the recipe jump off the page!! 

  15. Hi Sally! Would you consider these a sugar cookie with m&ms or are they more like a chocolate chip cookie taste just with m&ms? 

    1. Chocolate chip! Not sugar cookie at all. 🙂

  16. Hi Sally!  Can I use this same recipe and just use chocolate chips instead of m&m’s? Or do half the dough with one and the other half with the other?  I have one child who likes M&M’s and one who only likes chocolate chips!  These are the perfect size for them though!

    1. Yes yes! I would divide the dough in two and mix mini chocolate chips into half and mini M&Ms in the other half. Add at least 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips/mini M&Ms to each. Maybe even be a little generous with it– 2/3 cup for each half. 🙂

  17. M&M cookies are such and fun and classic treat for the holidays! These mini ones are even better!


  18. We just made these and they turned out wonderfully! Came together and baked so quickly. We ended up with 107! My son loves them because he’s allowed to eat a few cookies, as opposed to just one. We even allowed the one year old to have her own because they’re so tiny. Seeing her tiny face covered in melty chocolate was the highlight of my day!

    1. This is so so so sweet. Thank you for sharing!! So many cookies to gobble up. That’s why I love making these! Tons to share.

  19. These are the just the cutest! I thought I had my Christmas cookie baking all planned out until I saw these little beauties! They are a must! It really added to my day when I saw this post; thank you for this great recipe Sally!

    1. There is always room for mini cookies! 🙂

  20. I don’t care what anyone says– there’s just no way you can hate this cookie. It’s too perfect not to love! Cannot wait to make a batch for the kiddos! Okay, and for me…. okay, mostly for me.

  21. Me and my daughter just made these but regular size. She couldn’t quite roll the dough small enough she’s 3 But they came out AMAZING!!

    1. Aww…I love that she helped make them!!

  22. Kathy Pullano says:

    Hi Sally! I made these absolutely adorable and incredibly tasty mini cookies last night. I packaged them up in little cellophane bags, 3 to a bag, for a bake sale this weekend. They look so cute and festive! Thank you for the recipe! The hardest part was keeping my 18 year old son from grabbing them and eating them when I wasn’t looking:)

    1. Perfect for a bake sale!! Maybe next time double the batch so your son can “sneak” a few 😉

  23. I made these just now, but didn’t have the candies so used almost a cup of mini chocolate chips and the little buggers are good! My husband said they are a little buttery, but he is extremely picky to cook for!

  24. I made a batch of these last night to give as gifts.  They were a huge hit!  I love to use my digital scale when I am scooping cookies, because they all come out uniform.  One teaspoon was 7 grams.  I just put the whole bowl of dough on the scale, zeroed out the weight and removed 7 grams at a time!  Thank you Sally!

    1. That’s a GREAT way to make sure they’re all the same size. I need to try that next time!

  25. Our Elf on the Shelf “made” these tiny cookies! They were just the right size. My kids said the elf was a good baker. The cookies tasted delicious! Thanks for such a cute recipe!

  26. Made them! Delicious and very cute. A nice addition to my Christmas baking. Thanks!

  27. SO CUTE, I love these!

  28. I wonder why you don’t have Amazon offer a cookie sheet and silpat set even with a cooling rack. Know you can buy separately, but I would like to buy both and it would be so easy if you had them sold together. Just a thought. Love your cookies. Thanks.

    Joyce Fowler

  29. Hi Sally!!! These look perfect!! Quick question, do you use 1 level teaspoon per cookie or a heaping teaspoon? Silly question, I know…but I had to ask

    1. If you look at the third picture down you can see how full my teaspoon is – I guess it’s a little heaping 🙂

      1. Thank you for that visual..I was wondering the same thing.

  30. Hi Sally! These look wonderful! Quick question – do you think these would work well to make mini sandwich cookies with? And if so, what frosting would you use in the middle? I was thinking maybe a fluffy buttercream but I was wondering if you had any other ideas. thank you!

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