Fourth of July M&M Cookies

Happy Independence Day! This is my favorite holiday so I just had to pop in real quick and share what I'm making for our family BBQ. If you're heading to a 4th of July gathering later, these are perfect for a semi last minute contribution. They are easy, yummy, and patriotic!

It's been a while since I've posted anything here. I've been seriously enjoying covid 19 quarantine. I hope you too are making the most of these days in!

My husband has been working from home so we have had a lot more time together, which has been so fun! We sometimes make breakfast together or take a long afternoon break on the balcony. After work, we've been getting in to puzzle video games, and other non computer games too!

While we have been enjoying the ideal life for a couple of homebodies there hasn't been much going on worth sharing. Without the parties and social gatherings I haven't been doing as much fancy cooking and baking. However, seeing as it is my favorite holiday and we are finally gathering for a BBQ, it's officially baking time!

This is a simple and classic cookie recipe where you'll mix dry and wet ingredients separately, than combine the two mixtures. Next you'll mix in a heap of M&Ms!

The best part is that this recipe can use regular M&Ms for an everyday treat, or you can color code to suit any holiday or occasion.

M&Ms do come in some color packs for certain holidays, but you can also order specific colors on their website, perfect for themed parties!

Once your dough is ready, scoop it into 2 tablespoon size balls and place on a baking sheet.

You should chill the dough for at least 30 minutes if you can. You can even make these a few days in advance and leave them to chill in the fridge. I'd freeze them if you won't be baking them for a week or more.

Save this recipe for next year, or get cracking on it for today!

Now to the recipe so you can get back to celebrating! Happy baking and God bless America!

This recipe makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

  • 2 cups M&M chocolate candies

  • Extra M&M’s, for pressing into cookies


  1. Whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  2. Cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.

  3. Gradually add dry ingredients to wet until combined. Stir in the M&Ms.

  4. Form cookie dough into large balls, about 2 tablespoons worth of dough, and place on baking sheet.

  5. Chill the dough for 30 mins to an hour. (Or freeze for baking another time!) *If freezing, chill first than transfer chilled dough balls to a freezer bag before putting in the freezer.

  6. While your dough chills, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  7. Bake cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Cookies are done when edges are just turning gold and the centers still look raw.

  8. Immediately after removing them from the oven, carefully press extra M&Ms into the cookies for show!

  9. Let cool completely and enjoy!

Note: If freezing the dough, make sure you let it thaw a little in the refrigerator for 24 hours before baking.