How to Make Chocolate M&M Cookies

These chocolate M&M cookies are delicious and especially gorgeous packed up as a gift for the holidays. My family asks for these rich chocolate cookies filled with M&Ms every year! Here are the complete instructions for how to package up these delicious chocolate M&M cookies in a jar – for a perfect gift from the kitchen.

Baked chocolate m&m cookies arranged on a plate with jar of mix with gift/instruction label and ribbons in the background.
Will you enjoy them now, put the mix in a jar or do both?

Also Read: Chocolate Cranberry Oat Cookie Mix, Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar, Free Printable Christmas Labels

You don’t have to give these cookies away! Go ahead, make a batch for yourself, you don’t even need to wait for the holidays – make them any time with whatever candy coated chocolate or chocolate chips you have.

They truly make a perfect Gift from the Kitchen. All the details and sample labels are below.

Close up of baked m & m cookies
Soft of on the inside and crisp on the outside, just the way we like it.

Pro Tip: To show off the green, red and white candies on the surface, save a few to add to the top of each cookie before baking. If you mix them all in, they’ll still be delicious, but they’ll be covered in batter and won’t stand out.


Careful layering of ingredients is what will make cookie mixes in a jar look the most attractive. Such a simple, tasty homemade gift. Here are a few tips:

  • Wide mouth jars are most convenient for filling and pressing down ingredients.
  • Use a funnel to add ingredients or place ingredients on parchment paper and use it to transfer ingredients to the jar.
  • Press down on each layer of ingredients.
  • If making several jars, measure and add to each jar at a time to ensure proper proportions.
  • Set up an assembly line for filling to see the different layers you’ll create.
  • Seal jars tightly to prevent air in the jar which can dry out the sugar.
  • Cookie mixes are safe for 1-3 years, but for best quality use within 3-6 months so sugar doesn’t harden.
  • To get pillowy soft insides in these Chocolate M&M cookies, do not flatten very much before baking and do not overbake.

 Chocolate M&M Cookie Mix Recipe

baked m & m cookies
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Chocolate M & M Cookie Mix

Festive and chocolatey, these cookies will be a hit. Soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. Bake them now or put them in a jar with instructions for later.
Prep : 20 mins
Cook : 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 24 cookies
Author: Getty Stewart


  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips, divided
  • 3/4 cup M&M chocolates, divided
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar


  • In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  • Count out about 25 M&Ms and 25 chocolate chips. Wrap them in a piece of plastic wrap to keep them separate from the rest of the ingredients. These can be used to put on top of cookies just before baking.
  • Measure out all ingredients and line them up in the order you'd like to add them to a 1 litre/1 quart jar. Suggested: white sugar, cocoa, flour, M&Ms, white choco chips, brown sugar, wrapped M&Ms and chips.

Baking Directions – From the Mix (include with the jar)

  • Also Need: 1/2 cup soft butter, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla
  • Set aside bundle of M&Ms and chips.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F and line baking sheet with parchment.
  • In large bowl, cream together butter, egg and vanilla.
  • Add contents of jar and beat on low to combine. Dough will be stiff.
  • Scoop out 1 Tbsp at a time and form into 24 balls. Space 2" apart. Flatten slightly and press remaining M&Ms and chips into top of cookies.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool tray on wire rack.

Baking Directions – From Scratch – not from a jar

  • Also need: 1/2 cup soft butter, 1 egg, 1 tsp vanilla
  • Beat butter with brown and white sugar.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  • Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt and then add to the butter.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M’s.Scoop and roll into 24 balls. Flatten slightly. Add a couple more M&Ms and white chips on top. Bake as directed above.
  • Makes 2 dozen cookies.


For a cookie that’s soft inside, do not flatten cookies too much and do not overbake.
Saving and adding 25 M&Ms and chocolate chips on top before baking will showcase these candy, otherwise they’ll be covered in batter.  
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 60mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate chips, cookie mix, cookies, gifts from the kitchen, m&m, mix in a jar

How Long Does This Cookie Mix Last?

All the ingredients are shelf stable so there’s no problem keeping this mix around for a year or more. That said, I recommend using it within 3 to six months so the ingredients don’t dry out too much and are hard to remove from the jar.

Cookie mix in a jar with gift tag, instructions and decorative ribbons. Baked cookies and m&ms arranged on the side.
How festive do these little beauties look?

Printable Labels & Decorating the Jar

Decorating the jar is easy. This time, I glued little Christmas stars and cut outs onto the jar and used some decorative ribbon to tie on the label. Nothing too fancy, but still super cute in a little holiday gift bag.

Another option is to cut a square piece of holiday fabric, pliable wrapping paper or burlap to cover the lid. Sinch a string or ribbon around the top and you’re pretty much done! Just remember to include the instructions.

Label for chocolate m & m cookies with instructions.
Click picture for printable pdf.

You can print labels by clicking on this PDF of Chocolate M & M Cookie Mix Labels.  I recommend you print them on card stock or heavy paper for added durability. Or, you could print on regular paper and glue to card stock. For other ideas or some blank Christmas tag labels check out my Free Resources section.

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