Christmas Candy Cookies

These classic Christmas Candy Cookies are a versatile soft and delicious favorite that can be customized with candies like m&ms and sprinkles!

I’m excited to share a timeless classic recipe with you today— Christmas Candy Cookies. These were inspired by my favorite candy cookies from the bakery at the grocery store from growing up. It took me a little while to get them just right, but I finally succeeded! If you’re looking for other Christmas cookie ideas you can try these Cranberry butter cookies or my favorite classic sugar cookies or even the (non-cookie) gifting recipe for my peppermint bark.

Classic Christmas Candy Cookies with M&Ms

Classic Christmas Candy Cookies with M&Ms and Sprinkles

When it comes to making these cookies, they are as simple as it gets. There are only really a few tweaks between this and a classic Chocolate Chip cookie recipe.

Christmas Candy Cookies for Santa

With both recipes, I think it’s important to get high-quality ingredients— good butter and good vanilla — and keep the ingredients at room temperature for a bit before baking, per the instructions.

Ideas for What Candy to Include in the Classic Christmas Candy Cookies

Christmas Candy Cookies with M&Ms and Sprinkles

You have a lot of options for different candies and sprinkles for these cookies, but for the purposes of this post we used:

  • M&Ms
  • Mini M&Ms
  • Red and Green Christmas Sprinkles
M&M Christmas Candy Cookies

As you can probably tell, these are a family favorite to leave out for Santa, and the perfect cookie for the kids to help make! From my family to yours, I hope you make a sweet memory baking these cookies!

Christmas Candy Cookies

These classic Christmas Candy Cookies are a versatile soft and delicious favorite that can be customized with candies like m&ms and sprinkles!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 Large Cookies


  • 1 cup Butter (2 sticks) Softened or Room Temperature
  • ¾ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¾ cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Large Eggs Room Temperature (leave out for a couple of hours beforehand)
  • 2 ¼ cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup candies of choice or more to suit


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream together softened butter and both types of sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  • Add vanilla extract.
  • Add eggs slowly one at a time.
  • Slowly add in flour mixture until a dough forms.
  • Fold in candies of your choice with a rubber spatula. Use at least a cup or optionally more.
  • Use a large cookie scoop and spread out 6 balls of dough on a large baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remember that if you make smaller cookies, they'll take less time.

Christmas Cookie Exchange

Don’t forget, if you make this or any of the other recipes, share a photo on Instagram and tag it with #BestChristmasCookieRecipes to be featured in my stories!

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