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Spring Sugar Cookies with Pastel M&Ms

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If you’re looking for fun and easy ideas for spring or Easter cookies then you’ve got to try these M&M cookies! They are a bright and colorful version of the M & M cookies original recipe you know and love… plus, these spring sugar cookies are much easier to make than traditional frosted cookies.

A baking tray of cookies with pastel colored M&Ms which are great ideas
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Easy Easter M&M Cookies

During spring break, one of our favorite activities was making cookies for Easter. Usually we would make spring sugar cookies, but I began to dread the mess that came with the tinted frosting. Then, M&M’s came out in pastel, spring colors and we started making the cookie recipe from the bag.

One of the thing to love about this simple cookie recipe is that it’s perfect for making with kids. They get to participate in a creative, hands-on learning experience without a dozen complicated steps.

Older kiddos learn about fractions and counting when measuring the ingredients. And, and it helps develop fine motor skills in smaller children when they place the M&M candies on the cookies.

Not to mention you can forget about messy frosting and instead have fun making cookies. Since this spring sugar cookie recipe has an easy, simple clean up, everyone enjoys helping out because there’s a great treat afterwards.

You simply form a basic cookie dough, shape and bake, then add M&M candies for a sweet finishing touch. Start to finish they only take 30 minutes to make!

This Easter cookie idea is based on my M&M cookies original recipe, but swaps traditional M and M candies with bright and colorful pastel colored sweets. The whole family will love celebrating the season with these tasty treats!

kids helping in the kitchen

Ingredients You need to Make M&M Spring Cookies

There are only 9 ingredients needed to make tender, slightly crispy and lightly chewy M & M cookies from scratch. Many are even pantry staples you probably have on hand right now!

For these fun Easter cookies you need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Fine sea salt
  • Baking soda
  • Unsalted butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated cane sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • M&M’s Easter candies
silver Kitchen Aid stand mixer filled with spring sugar cookie dough

How to Make M & M Cookies From Scratch

This homemade M & M cookie recipe couldn’t be any easier. Here are the 6 steps for making a delicious batch of fresh, tasty, perfectly sweet spring sugar cookies with M&M candies:

  1. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and prep your baking sheets. You can either line them parchment paper, a Silpat baking sheet, or spray thoroughly with nonstick spray.
  2. Next, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the sugars and softened butter until light and fluffy. Use a spatula to scrape the bowl down, then add the eggs and vanilla. Beat for just another minute until creamy, but do not over-mix.
  4. Turn the mixer to low, and slowly begin to incorporate the flour mixture into the bowl. Work just a bit at a time, and turn off the mixer as soon as all of the ingredients are blended together. (If you over-work the dough you’re more likely to have sad, flat cookies.) Then use a wooden spoon to gently fold in half of the pastel M&M candies into the dough.
  5. Drop scoops or spoonfuls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, keeping them a couple of inches apart to allow spreading. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until the cookies are set and slightly browned on the outside and no longer raw in the middle.
  6. Remove from the oven and let the cookies rest for about 5 minutes on the baking sheets. Then quickly move to a wire cooling rack, and immediately add the other half of M&M candies by gently pressing them into the tops of the Easter cookies.

Serve and enjoy!

Get The Full Spring M&M Cookies Recipe + Other Ideas for Easter Cookies and Treats Below!

kids making spring sugar cookies with M&Ms

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do you leave out half of the candies when baking the cookies?

M&Ms will melt and crack when baked, which makes for a great crunchy and melty cookie consistency. But have the prettiest spring cookies, it’s best to add the other half of the candies to the tops immediately after baking. That way the cookies are still soft enough so that the candy sticks, but they stay whole and lovely looking.

What can I substitute for the pastel M&Ms?

Feel free to swap colorful pastel candies with traditional M & Ms, or any colors you like! You can also change the recipe to use 1/2 M&M candies and 1/2 of another preferred treat… Like chocolate chips or white chocolate chips, nuts, or other fun goodies like peanut butter or caramel M&Ms.

How long do homemade M and M cookies keep well?

Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, these cookies will stay fresh for up to 3 days.

They freeze well, too! Wrap individual cookies in plastic wrap for the freshest taste. Then store all of the cookies together in an airtight bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

What other ideas for Easter cookies or treats do you recommend?

These kid-friendly oatmeal cookies are great for all occasions, and my homemade Pop Tarts are easy to customize and make for any celebration. This easy Corn Pops Treats recipe is also excellent for making with your kids’ favorite cereal as a sweet snack!

M&M easter cookies on a cooling rack and on top of a bunny plate

Here’s the Full Recipe to Make M&M Cookies For Easter:

A baking tray of cookies with M&Ms
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Original MM Cookie Recipe for Spring & Easter

Forget spring sugar cookies and make less messy M&M cookies instead! This is the original recipe you know and love, with pastel M and M candies for spring cookies.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword baking, easter, easy baking, homemade M&M cookies, how to make M&M cookies, m and m cookies, M&M candies cookies, M&M cookie recipe from bag, M&M cookies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 259kcal

Equipment

  • Baking Sheet or cookie sheet

Ingredients

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated cane sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups M&Ms reserve 1 cup for decorating

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper, a Silpat baking sheet, or spray baking sheets with cooking spray.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Set bowl aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars together with an electric or stand mixer until light and fluffy. Scraping down the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until creamy.
  • Turn the speed of the mixer to low and add flour mixture just until blended.  Gently stir in 1 cups of M&Ms by hand with a spoon *see notes*.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons (or with a small scoop) onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake cookies in the middle rack of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the cookies are golden brown around the edges, and just set in the center.
  • Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack. Gently press in remaining cup of M&Ms into cookies before cooling *see notes*.

Notes

The M&Ms will crack and melt slightly during baking. Adding half of the M&Ms after baking creates cookies with intact M&Ms and make a better presentation.
These cookies will keep well for up to 3 days at room temperature if stored in an airtight container. Although, I’ve never known them to last that long around our house.

M and M cookies are great to freeze, too! To keep the freshest I recommend you first wrap the cookies individually with plastic wrap, and then store together in an airtight freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 37mg | Sodium: 163mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg

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