Santa’s Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies)

 Santa’s favorite cookies! Soft and chewy double chocolate chip pudding cookies with M&M candies. The ultimate holiday cookie!

Santa's Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies)

Have I mentioned it’s just me and my husband at our house? I see the light bulb above your head as you’re thinking “what on earth do two people do with all of that food she makes?!” Well guess what? We eat it! Okay, we don’t eat allll of it. when I make a big batch of cupcakes or cookies or a cake, I sort of have this little shoulder angel telling me I probably shouldn’t eat the whole entire thing myself. (Even though I sometimes want to. Ohhh do I want to.) So I try to put some aside for us, and take the rest to family, friends, neighbors, or whoever else will take a few treats off my hands.

Santa's Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies)

But the bottom line here is the fact that we don’t have any kids. So it’s just me and the hubbs here decking the halls and stuffing our faces with gingerbread, and regardless of whether we have kids or not, I still want to do all of the Christmas-y things.  I kind of have this thing about Christmas. I call it “Christmas magic”. As a kid I used to talk about Christmas and would look forward to it all. year. long. I was enamored with the whole idea of Christmas. And I’m not talking about the presents (although, obviously I thought that getting presents was pretty fantastic) but more about the surprises and the traditions and the smells and the anticipation of everything the holiday brings.

AKA: Christmas Magic.

Santa's Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies)

When I was a kid, my parents went all-out to make Christmas morning really special. There were hoof-prints in the snow outside our house and every year Santa left a note in place of the cookies we’d put out the night before. We changed our cookie of choice from year to year. Sometimes it was homemade snickerdoodles, sometimes peanut butter blossoms, and I think once or twice we left Oreos on a plate with chocolate milk.

Santa's Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies)

So I was thinking… wouldn’t it be fun to have one particular cookie you make every single year on Christmas Eve and leave out for Santa with your kiddos? You’re probably rolling your eyes and yawning right now because, well you’re smarter than me and you’ve been doing this for ages. But this is new for me, this one specific cookie tradition thing. So I’m pretty stoked about my newest creation: Santa’s Cookies. I have officially declared this to be Santa’s favorite cookie (trust me, I know Santa and he digs these) and should we ever have children, I think we will make these every year.

Santa's Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies)

Now the specifics of these cookies. They are incredibly soft, chewy, and perfectly sweet. They are extra-rich because they’ve basically got three kinds of chocolate. Semi sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and milk chocolate in the M&Ms. Mmmmmmm.

I have it on good authority that Santa’s gonna leave extra-fabulous goodies at any house with these beauties on a plate by the fireplace this Christmas. 😉

Santa's Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies)

What people are saying about Santa’s Cookies

“I could just kiss you! I am seriously going to earn the mother of the year award with these BEAUTIES. They came out so pretty! Can’t wait to bring these to my son’s 2nd grade Christmas party tomorrow. I should probably bring copies of the recipe with me. Thanks sooooo much for sharing!” – Kristen

“I just made these cookies and had to comment. These taste so good and come out perfect. I never knew that pudding mix could be used in a cookie dough. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.” – Vickie

“Just made these and they turned out perfectly! They are soooo yummy! I read many people complain that the dough was dry and crumbly… I didn’t find this at all, but I measured my flour by spooning it into the measuring cup and scraping excess, as opposed to scooping and scraping. This has helped me with avoiding dry doughs with other recipes I have made as well!” – Emma

“Love love love this recipe! I’ve made it 3 times in the past two weeks!” – Joli

Santa's Cookies (Double Chocolate Chip M&M Cookies)

Super soft and chewy chocolate pudding cookies with chocolate chips - for the true chocolate lovers!

Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate chip, christmas, cookie
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 18
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix - dry, not prepared (one 3.4 ounce box, it must be INSTANT - not cook and serve, etc)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup red and green M&M candies

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and mix well.

  2. In another bowl whisk together flour, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until incorporated. Stir in most of the chocolate chips. (Reserve a few chocolate chips and the M&Ms for later) Cover and chill for at least one hour.

  4. Preheat oven to 350. Very lightly grease a baking sheet. (I lightly mist it with cooking spray, then wipe it off with a paper towel) Roll about 3 tablespoons of cookie dough into a ball (Should be about the size of a golf ball) and place on prepared baking sheet. Gently press remaining chocolate chips and the M&Ms into the cookie dough balls (this makes sure you can see the chips and the M&Ms after they bake!).

  5. Bake for 9-12 minutes until cookies are set but still slightly underdone. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

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These cookies are perfect looking =)

These are so cute! I love the Christmas colors and they look so chewy and perfect!

I do the same thing. There is only two of us in my house and I know my boyfriend has insane metabolism and eats anything he wants. For health purposes I always halve everything and give it to whoever I can find! haha

I am just loving these m & m cookies! M & m’s are my favourite candy ever so I can imagine how delicious these must have tasted too.. pinned and saved to recreate!

YUMMO! Love these kind of cookies… I DO have kids, but I HIDE this kind of thing from them 🙂 🙂 🙂 If you ever see me huddled in the pantry quietly, I’m probably eating cookies, chocolate, or M&Ms. Just made M&M cookie bars, and they didn’t last a day. I shared 😉

Gorgeous! Looks amazing!

I absolutely love the idea of special Santa cookies! And I really love your words about how you want to make Christmas magic for you and your husband — we don’t have children either, and sometimes I feel a bit left out during the Christmas season, or a little hesitant to go “all out” because it’s just us adults. But you now what, I think I’ll put these cookies out for Santa even if we don’t have any little ones listening for sleighbells. 😀 Thanks for this post.

I just made these cookies and had to comment. These taste so good and come out perfect. I never knew that pudding mix could be used in a cookie dough. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes.

I’m making the cookies and the dough seems dry (done everything but the chips). I came back to the recipe hoping I had missed a wet ingredient but I haven’t. Hope they turn out!!

    Hi Lorna! Just double checked the recipe and nothing is missing so they should come out great! 🙂 The only thing I can think that would make the dough dry is if you didn’t cover it when you chilled it?

I could just kiss you! I am seriously going to earn the mother of the year award with these BEAUTIES. They came out so pretty! Can’t wait to bring these to my son’s 2nd grade Christmas party tomorrow. I should probably bring copies of the recipe with me. Thanks sooooo much for sharing!

Made these cookies and they came out perfect! The only thing is that I notice an after-taste when eating. Not sure if this is from the pudding mix? Any ideas?

    I haven’t noticed or had any one else mention an after taste… I’m not sure what that would be!

What temp do you bake these at?

made these for Christmas Eve and everyone loved it!! Love this recipe 🙂

I used the recipe above. The cookie dough was very dry, it fell apart when I rolled it into balls. Should there have been something in the recipe about adding something to make the cookies more moist?

    I’m not sure what happened but the cookies shouldn’t be too dry. I’ve had success with this recipe as written, as have other readers. Is it possible you skipped a step or an ingredient? ***If you didn’t cover the the dough tightly when chilling, that would cause your dough to dry out. ***

I am not sure if there is an instant vanilla pudding mix in my place, but just in case what could be a possible replacement. And whats the effect of the pudding mix in this cookies. Thanks, will try this out soon.

hiya, I really want to try these out but I was wondering if the pudding mix could be taken out as we don’t have it here?

I live in Colorado above 5000 feet do you suggest I change anything on this recipe?

    They may require a little extra baking time, generally higher altitudes need a little longer 🙂

Love love love this recipe! I’ve made it 3 times in the past two weeks! Do u think I could use this recipe to make a cookie cake? Probably 8in?

    Hi Joli! So glad you love these – they are my favorite christmas cookie for sure! I haven’t tried to make a cookie cake with this recipe – sounds AMAZING though! I can’t say whether it will work or not since I haven’t tried it but if you give it a go I would LOVE to hear about the results!

Thus si the second time I’ve attempted this recipe. The first was before Christmas. Both times the dough is so crumbly it won’t hold into a ball. It is this way as soon as it’s mixed. So it’s not an issue of chilling without covering. They also crumble while being baked. The taste is WONDERFUL! I think I’ll try one more time with a littletter extra butter or an additional egg.

Hi. Going to make these today. Looking at the pictures, I am wondering if you used light brown sugar. Please let me know if we should use light or dark. Thank you

do you chill them in the fridge?

I made thEse tonight and they were a big hit with the kids and I thought they were so Good, too! I read the comments before making and yes, the dough can gEt
Crumbly right after making if your mixer speed is too high. But i smooshed it down before coVering in the fridge and it took care of that. If you dont roll the balls out fast enough the Dough can start to dry out, too. I maDe a double batch and was being DISTRACTED by my kids which started to cause this. But if you put a little oil on your hands it can help. Or just be faSter :). I think its a great recipe, bRinging to a cookie exchange tOmorrow!

    Sorry for my weird capItalization. EverytHing is In CAps
    When typing Out but not After publishing 😀

Just made these and they turned out perfectly! They are soooo yummy! I read many people complain that the dough was dry and crumbly… i didnt find this at all, but i measured my flour by spooning it into the measuring cup and scraping excess, as Opposed to Scooping and scraping. This has helped me with avoiding dry doughs with other recipes i have made as well!

I’m making these cookies for our family’s annual cookie q (baking Christmas cookies day). Does anyone know if they will tell out if I make the dough tonight and bake tomorrow

    They should come out find just make sure you cover that bowl of dough REALLY tightly so no air is leaking into or out of the bowl. 🙂

The dough definitely comes out dry. I added a tiny bit of half and half to moisten the dough a bit. They are currently in the oven, and i’m wondering how much they’ll spread. We’ll see how they come out! They are certainly beautiful and festive.