Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies with M&M's

These soft and chewy peanut butter cookies with MandM’s candy aren’t just for kids, but loved by adults of all ages. Slideshow:  More Cookie Recipes 

Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies with M&M’s
Photo: © Todd Porter & Diane Cu
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
30 3-inch cookies


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or sea salt

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  • 12 ounces MandM candies


  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

  2. In a mixer, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the peanut butter until combined. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the M&M’s, reserving a handful to decorate the top of the cookies. Cover and chill the dough for at least 1 hour.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a couple sheet pans with parchment paper. Form the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls using a 1-ounce cookie scoop and place on the lined sheet pan 2-inches apart. Lightly press the reserved M&M’s into the dough balls.

  4. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until the cookies are just set on the edges and lightly browned. Let them cool for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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