Saturday Sweets: Jumbo Chewy M+M Cookies

Well, it happened.


My sweet little 5-year-old headed off to Kindergarten this week, and, despite my last minute plans to dredge up some tears, it was a happy morning all around.  I’m not much of a crier on any occasion, and it was especially impossible for me to be sad in the face of that much excitement and enthusiasm.  After her quick, flippant good-bye in the morning, I was much more touched by the huge hug I got when she got off the bus at the end of the day!  Kristopher missed his big sister for about 7.6 seconds, then settled in to play with all her things and read all her books before she came back and told him not to :)

The quiet in the house was something I haven’t experienced since that little school girl was a new baby, as the other two both napped at the same time, but I think I’ll adjust just fine.  I’ll just be continuing to pray that she loves it as much as she thinks she will, listens well, respects others, and settles into a good rhythm with some good friends.  Is that too much to hope for? :)

It seems that back-to-school comes with some serious responsibilities for parents.  I now have to a) know what day it is, and b) decide what I want her to have for lunch a whole day in advance.  Now, Gemma is the kind of kid who eats all the veggies and fruit and passes on dessert, so we had a chat about what she’d like to take.  We compiled a long list of everything from wraps to cantaloupe to cheese to cucumber.  The only snacks she could think of were popcorn and yogurt.  

While I definitely encourage (and probably heavily influenced) these choices, I wanted to make a special snack to send along for her first day, so we decided on m+m cookies, since she loves m+ms.  We never have them in the house so they qualified as “special”.  She enjoyed seeing it in her lunch, but then moved it aside and ate everything else and brought the cookie home, which made me smile.  

If you like big, chewy, soft, thick cookies, and you like m+ms, and, well, you like snacks, you will love these cookies. You need to chill the dough, because we’re working with melted butter, as in my Milk Chocolate Chewies, but the plus side is, you don’t need to break out your mixer!  Grab a whisk – this is kitchen therapy at its finest :)

Jumbo soft m+m cookies

If you want to know why they’re so big and thick and chewy and delicious, it’s because they’re adapted from Sally’s Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, and she does an impressive job of explaining the science, so I highly recommend checking that out, also if you just want an awesome chocolate chip cookie recipe. {Warning: you will get lost in a glorious sugar high on her beautiful blog!)

And is it a coincidence that m+ms and Lego match so well? I think not.

Thick & Chewy m+m Cookies


Recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Jumbo Soft & Chewy M+M Cookies
Total time
Thick, chewy, buttery cookies packed with colourful m+ms!
Recipe type: Cookie
Serves: 20
  • 2¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup salted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 200g bag of your favourite m+ms (about 1¼ cups)
  1. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until very smooth. Whisk in the egg, then the egg yolk. Finally, whisk in the vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. The dough will be very soft. Fold in the m+ms, keeping a few aside to press into the tops. Cover the dough and refrigerate for 2 hours, or up to 3 days.
  4. Take the dough out of the fridge and allow to soften at room temperature for 10-20 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325F degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  6. Roll the dough into balls with your hands, about 2 Tablespoons of dough each. Roll the cookie dough balls to be taller/egg shaped rather than wide/round, to ensure the cookies will bake up to be thick. Place balls about 3" apart on prepared baking sheet. Press a few more m+ms on top of the dough balls for looks.
  7. Bake the cookies for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look a little underbaked, but do not bake longer than 12 minutes. Allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes (they will continue to set as they cool) before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

These cookies went to party!


  1. Sharon says

    Thanks for sharing the special day of first school for Gemma. She is such a sweet looking lady!! :) I pray for much strength as you adjust to this, and I also pray that she will continue to LOVE it!!! I love how she came home with her cookie!!! HAHA!!! I suppose that you will have to become creative in some veggie/fruit sorta way!! :)

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