Festive Holiday Cookies

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These are the perfect 🎄 Festive Holiday Cookies. This cookie recipe takes 5 minutes to whip up and only a second to devour. If you love chocolate chip cookies, you will absolutely love this festive touch. The red and green Christmas M&M’s will get you into the holiday spirit. The only thing I ask of you when baking cookies is to enjoy the process and have FUN!

Why You’ll Love Festive Holiday Cookies

These Festive Holiday Cookies with 🔴 M&Ms 🟢 are not only delicious but also so cute with their pop of color from the M&M’s. It is so easy to put these together in the mixer, and you can make a small batch or double (or triple!) it for a large crowd if you’re entertaining.

Even better? Have the 🧒 kids help! With how quickly this recipe comes together, you’ll be glad you had them help. Share the joy by baking a batch for your loved ones – simple, tasty, and sure to be a hit with friends and family. These Festive Holiday Cookies would be a great option for bringing to a party.

How to Prepare Festive Holiday Cookies

🔥 Preheat the oven to 350°F.

🧈 Use a handheld or stand mixer with a paddle attachment to cream the butter and sugars until smooth.

🥚 Add egg and vanilla extract, and then mix for about a minute on medium-low speed.

🧂 Gradually add flour, baking soda, a pinch of salt, and mix until a tacky dough forms.

🎄 Mix or fold in M&M’s.

🍪 Scoop 24 small cookies onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet (or you could make 12 large cookies).

♨️ Bake for 12-15 minutes or until edges are golden.

❤️ Enjoy and share the recipe with your loved ones.

Nonna’s Tip 🍪

Feel free to use fillings such as walnuts, chocolate chips, and white chocolate, in addition to or instead of the M&Ms.

Festive Holiday Cookies

Variations and Substitutions for Festive Holiday Cookies

These Festive Holiday Cookies 🎄 are delicious and can be modified for allergies or for what you have available in your pantry! Be sure to adjust quantities accordingly and have fun experimenting with these variations to suit your taste preferences!

  1. Instead of M&M’s, you can use 🍫 chocolate chips or chunks.
  2. Add chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds for a nutty crunch.
  3. Replace M&M’s with white chocolate chips for a sweeter, vanilla-flavored twist.
  4. Incorporate peanut butter chips 🥜 or swirl in peanut butter for a nice peanut butter and chocolate combo.
  5. Substitute all-purpose flour with a 1-1 gluten-free flour for a gluten-free version of these Festive Holiday Cookies.
  6. Add a pinch of cinnamon, nutmeg, or all-spice for some added 🔥 spice.
  7. For a vegan (or dairy-free) or 🌿 plant-based cookie, replace butter with vegan butter, use a flax egg instead of a regular egg, and ensure your M&M’s.

Don’t forget the Easy Gingerbread Cookies for 🎅 Santa!

Common Questions

How can I make these Cookies Gluten-Free?

You are more than welcome to try making these gluten-free by using a 1-1 gluten-free baking all-purpose flour instead.

Where Can I Find Christmas Colored M&Ms?

Your local grocery store should sell them, or you can check Amazon.

Can I use Vegan Butter as an alternative?

Yes, vegan butter will work if you don’t want to use regular butter.

What other fillings can I add?

Feel free to use any fillings such as walnuts, chocolate chips, white chocolate, or anything else instead if you don’t have M&Ms

Festive Holiday Cookies

Holiday Cookies

If you love chocolate chip cookies, you will absolutely love this festive touch. The Christmas colored M&Ms are sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 Cookies
Author: The Modern Nonna
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 stick butter, (1/2 cup) softened
  • cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour , (226 grams)
  • ½ cup m and m's , or festive sprinkles


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. You are more than welcome to use a handheld mixer or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
  • In the stand mixer, cream the butter and the sugars together until nice and smooth.
  • Add the egg and pure vanilla extract, mix for about a minute again on medium-low speed.
  • Gradually add the flour, baking soda, pinch of salt, and mix on medium low speed until a tacky dough forms.
  • Mix or fold in the m and m's and take a spoon or an ice-cream scoop and scoop out 24 small cookies onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. You can also make 12 large cookies as well but the baking time may increase.
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden.



Calories: 115kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.2g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 62mg, Potassium: 18mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 137IU, Vitamin C: 0.03mg, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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