When You Have Too Many Leftover M&M’s …. Bake Cookies!


Today is just one of those days. It’s Friday, very cloudy with a little rain, Noah had a Thanksgiving Potluck at school followed by early release and both boys are off school all next week! I am actually super stoked because 1.) I am really looking forward to spending the week with the boys and 2.) I spend a little over 2 hours every morning getting both kids to school, and I am looking forward to using my time otherwise. So, fast forward to after lunch, driving home and Nick not so subtly asked if I could bake some cookies when we got home. (What can I say, he had a hankerin’) I am a sucker for baking on a cloudy day (and for him!) so of course I was more than happy to!

You see all those M&M’s!?! Those are all straight up from Halloween and they are not getting eaten fast enough! Which I am NOT gonna complain about, but I had to do something with them! So I decided to make M&M cookies, I mean WHY NOT!? When I bake, I don’t like to make it too complicated (unless I’m really in the mood to). So Friends, I give to you, a terribly easy recipe that takes about 45 minutes total. Plus, I had everything in my pantry already, so I didn’t have to make an extra grocery store trip!

The recipe I found (thank you Pinterest), called for individual cookies, but I put the batter in a square pan and then cut them into actual bars.


1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)

1/2 C. light brown sugar, packed

1/4 C. granulated sugar

1 large egg

2 TSP of vanilla extract

1 1/4 C. all purpose flour. (I used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oat Flour)

1/4 C. of instant vanilla pudding mix

1/2 TSP of baking soda

1/4 TSP of salt to taste

3/4 C. of M&M’s (Not gonna lie. I used way more than that). Plus I added some on top of the batter once I spread it into the pan. I’m telling you we had a lot of these left over!



-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

-Combine butter, sugars, egg, vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat with hand mixer on med-high speed for about 4 minutes.

-If needed, scrape the sides of the bowl and add the flour, pudding mix (DRY!), baking soda, salt and beat on low for 1 minute, or until combined.

-Add the M&M’s and beat on low speed until combined.

-Grease the pan (I used butter) and spread the batter in the pan.

-Once batter is spread, add more M&M’s to the top.

-Put timer at 25 minutes. Place pan in the oven. Don’t over cook. If they seem slightly under cooked or “glossy” in the center. You can always leave them in for a few more minutes or I would take them out and let them firm up as they cool.

-Cookies will remain fresh at room temp for up to a week or 6 months if you want to freeze them!


These were a hit! And I’m sure if you don’t have any spare M&M’s in the pantry, I would get creative and try some other Halloween chocolates that you have left over! Enjoy!


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Tiffani Wilson

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  1. Renee | 20th Nov 17

    This was my intention to do also…I swear. I just ate all the M&Ms before I could! whoops!

  2. Michelle | 20th Nov 17

    Yum!! These look amazing. Definitely saving this recipe. Thank you for sharing šŸ™‚

  3. Deidre | 20th Nov 17

    Me and my kids are gonna try this recipe ty

  4. Jen | 20th Nov 17

    I forgot how much I love m&m cookies! This is what we gave out for Halloween, so Iā€™m totally doing this! Thanks!

  5. Dr Dhanya Prajesh | 20th Nov 17

    Wow…this is a real gud one. My son will love this. Will definitely try this out

  6. Cynthia Mackintosh | 20th Nov 17

    That recipe looks delicious! our boys love chocolate (so do I) so we’ll definitely have to try this.

  7. Tanya | 20th Nov 17

    Well, yeah, if you have leftover m&M’s. That’s kind of like leftover wine at my house. It rarely happens. LOL.

  8. Kim | 20th Nov 17

    yum!!!! I ove the coffee m&m’s. I’m going to try this with them..

  9. Tiffani Wilson | 20th Nov 17

    Hahaha, oh you know it happens! šŸ˜‰

  10. megan | 20th Nov 17

    Oh my goodness gracious me! Now these I have to try! I love the addition of the pudding mix and that you cut these into bars x

  11. Kimberly | 20th Nov 17

    Trying this with our leftovers! Looks amazing!

  12. Karissa | 21st Nov 17

    Awesome! Duh! Why haven’t I ever thought to do this? Maybe because I love m&m’s so much haha!

  13. Rebecca | 21st Nov 17

    I love love that you made these into bars! I was literally just thinking I wanted to make m+m cookies when I saw your blog. Yaaay thank u

  14. beehappy | 21st Nov 17

    these look so good! We have no leftover M&Ms, those get eaten so quickly at our house. I’m tempted to go buy some just to make these cookies!

  15. mylee | 21st Nov 17

    We did that too with our left over halloween candy. THe kids LOVED it! YUMMM!!

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