Chewy M&M Sugar Cookies

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Chewy M&M Sugar Cookies – just like the Sugar Butter Cookies from the mall!

Chewy M&M Sugar Cookies | Persnickety Plates

My favorite cookie from the mall is the Sugar Butter M&M. I haven’t had one in forever so when I saw these on Pinterest, I wanted to give them a try.

I love the bright colors of the M&Ms but I found a bag of “Harvest Blend” (fall colored) M&Ms so I gave those a shot. The Halloween variety (like in my Monster Munch) would also be pretty.

I dropped some of these cookies off to friends and family. It’s in my best interest to share. If I keep them, I eat them. 

Chewy M&M Sugar Cookies | Persnickety Plates

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Chewy M&M Sugar Cookies | Persnickety Plates


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Chewy M&M Sugar Cookies

Melissa Williams | Persnickety Plates
Chewy M&M Sugar Cookies taste just like the Sugar Butter Cookies you get from the mall!
4.72 from 21 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 20 large cookies
Calories 207 kcal


  • 2 ¼ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups sugar plus 1/3 cup for rolling
  • 2 oz cream cheese cut into 8 pieces, at room temp
  • 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted and still warm
  • cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg at room temp
  • 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup M&M’s


  • Preheat oven to 350° and line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Add 1 1/2 cups of sugar and cream cheese to a large bowl.
  • Put the remaining 1/3 cup sugar in a pie plate and set aside.
  • Pour the warm butter over the cream cheese mixture and whisk to combine – the mixture won’t be completely smooth yet, but that’s ok. Whisk in the oil then the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth.
  • Use a spatula to start folding the dry ingredients into the wet. When the dry ingredients are partially incorporated, add 3/4 cup of the M&M’s to the dough. Continue mixing until a soft dough comes together. (Don’t wait to add the M&M’s until the dry ingredients are completely incorporated – you’ll end up overmixing.)
  • Use a cookie scoop to make balls of dough. Roll the dough into a ball with your hands then roll in the sugar set aside in the pie plate previously (try to work quickly so the dough doesn’t get too warm). You should fit 12 per baking sheet.
  • Use the bottom of a glass to flatten the dough balls into discs that are about 2″ in diameter. You can press a few more M&Ms into the top of the cookies now but they’ll crack as they bake so it’s usually better to press them in as they come out of the oven.
  • Bake the cookies for about 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are set.
  • Remove from oven and press the M&Ms on top if you haven’t already put them on top. The tops of the cookies will be puffy and slightly cracked. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes then transfer them to the rack to cool completely.


Serving: 1gCalories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 2gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 107mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 181IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 1mg

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  1. Melissa says

    Hello! I found your blog at the Online BlogCon’s facebook page. I’m also a Michigan blogger…I’m over in Zeeland (25 minutes from GR). I’m a new follower 🙂

  2. Holly says

    The cookies look delicious!!

    You will love your new Canon T3. I just upgraded but it was such a great little camera. Have fun with it!

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says

    Those are my absolute fav in the mall too! I get one, I eat it, and wonder if it would be inappropriate to order three more. 🙂 These look yummy!

  4. Rachel Willis says

    I love chewy sugar cookies! One of my faves for sure

  5. TheTastyFork says

    Yum!! I love a good sugar cookie. I feel like sugar cookies never get the same attention as other kinds.

  6. January says

    5 stars
    Delicious! Thank you for the mall memories!

    • Melissa Williams says

      You’re welcome! Thanks for reporting back 🙂

  7. Sharon says

    Do you have an e mail that you send out with all of your wonderful Pernickety Plates Recipes?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I do! You can sign up on my site or send me your email address & I’ll get you added.

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