M&M Chewies

 M&M Chewies via The Baker Chick

Sometimes you just need more simple cookie recipes ya know? I get such a high after baking something pretty and elaborate, but at the same time sometimes all I can possibly crank out are cookies. Scoop- bake- plop on some candies and bite into chewy cookie delicous-ness. Why is it that the healther I’m *trying* to be the more I really just want sugar? Despite the baked goods I post here on the regular- I actually try to eat pretty well and normally love my fruits and veggies. But sometimes when I don’t even have an opportunity to grab a sip of water or shower, my body craves a quick sugar fix. Which is WHY I brilliantly baked these cookies, ate two and then forced my sister to take the rest of them away stat. Cookies in my kitchen + over-tired/hungry Mama = disaster :) (I sure enjoyed my two cookies though!)

 M&M Chewies via The Baker Chick

I call these “chewies” because that’s really what they are-oh so crispy on the edges, with super chewy centers and lots of M&M candies.  I remember cookies like this in the window at Mrs. Fields at the mall. I always passed them over for a frosted brownie or frosting-filled cookie cup instead, but loved the color they brought to the bakery case, always a bit curious as to if they were good or not. I’m normally not much of a candy person- but there’s something about M&Ms I can’t resist. I don’t know if Mrs. Field’s version was as delicious as these are, but if so I sure was missing out.

The key to getting the candies to stay pretty and not melted is to press them in right after baking. I tried it several ways and this was the only method that didn’t result in bleeding or cracked candies. 

M&M Chewies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 15 large cookies


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, plus 1 yolk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup M&M's candies


  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or Silicone baking liners. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl- whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl fitted with a paddle attachment- cream the butter and sugars on high until smooth and pale.
  4. Add the egg, the yolk and then the vanilla- mixing thoroughly.
  5. Mix in the dry ingredients until combined.
  6. Use a cookie scoop to portion dough 2-3 inches apart on cookie sheet (mine yielded 1 1/2 inch sized rounds-they will spread significantly) Gently flatten dough a little bit with your fingers.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Or until edges are set and slightly golden and set. Right away- press as many M&Ms as you want in the tops of the cookies.
  8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

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  1. says

    I’m such a fan of the chewy cookie — and yes, M&Ms really are fun! I generally shy away from candy, too, but they pack a nostalgic allure I can’t deny. Love that I already have the ingredients for these, too, minus the candies!

  2. says

    If these are just like Mrs. Field’s cookies, I will LOVE them! I haven’t had a Mrs. Field’s cookie in years but I feel like I can still taste them just thinking about them. I’m going to have to give this recipe a shot to bring me back to my high school mall rat days ;)

  3. Tricia says

    OK. These are the cookies Tristan is begging me for ALL the time. Definitely printing this one out to save for a special treat! love the tip about how to keep the M&M’s looking pretty! And did I tell you my first job was working for Ms Field’s cookie in our local mall?!?!?! I was like 16!!! I had to wake up really early and I baked it all from scratch! I had to measure etc…it wasn’t already pre made dough! I have so many funny Ms Field’s cookies stories from that little summer. ;)

  4. says

    Our brains use up a tremendous amount of glucose. Whenever I have a sugar craving, I just pretend it’s because I’m so outrageously intelligent that my brain needs more food. These cookies look great.

  5. leslie says

    i love this recipe. the only problem was that the mnm’s kept on falling off the cookies. but really great recipe

  6. Angela says

    The cookies are indeed delicious but I could not get the M&Ms to stay on them! They fell off left and right! Any ideas or suggestions?

      • Angela says

        Audra, yes, I pressed them into the cookies when they were just out of the oven. Practically burned my fingers but thought that was the best/only way to ensure that they stayed on the cookies! Unfortunately, that didn’t work. My son-in-law loved them anyway!

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