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

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 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)

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

Super soft and chewy chocolate pudding cookies with chocolate chips - for the true chocolate lovers!
4.67 from 6 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 18


  • 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


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Add vanilla and egg and mix well.
  • In another bowl whisk together flour, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda, and salt.
  • 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.
  • 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!).
  • 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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5 stars
I made these with my kids and we all loved them. Of course now we need to make more before Christmas but that’s ok because these are fast becoming one of our favorites. By the way, I love soft and chewy cookies, my absolute favorite type of cookies.

    Super excited to hear that these cookies were a hit with your kids! You just can’t top a good soft, chewy cookie right? Thanks for your feedback, Edwina!

Stupid question but my jello box siZe is 1 oz. not 3.4 so should i add three boXes? The servings siZe of the puddding is 4- 1/2 cups prepared.

    To be honest, I’m not completely sure! I’ve just always used one 3.4 oz box!

Making these now and the dough is not Coming together before i put the chips in. When you say “softened” butter dors that mean melted as opposed to room temp?

I have not gotten to the point of chilling the dough yet so that is not the problem. Others have had the same result from comments i have read.

    Softened butter means room temp!

5 stars
Made these yesterday with my husband! Followed the RecIpe exactly and they tUrned out amazing! We ate some last night and thoUght they were delicious but today they were even better the day after! So soft and delicious! We’re DEFINITELY going to make baking these cookies a yearly christmas TRADITION!

    Somehow, I tend to love cookies the next day, too! So dang good. Happy to hear that you and your husband enjoyed these cookies! Thanks, Amanda!

5 stars
OK so this is my third year Making these cookies, first of all let me say they are the best cookies you could ever make /give for Christmas, I have gotten so many compliments on these. I will say that out of the 3 years,the first year the dough was perfect. The next year I thought maybe I had made a mistake and the dough came out crumbly, same thing the next year. This Year I figured I would use a full 2 sticks of butter (1 cup) and wallaaa no more dry dough and it came out perfect. I promise they didn’t come out flat or oily they came out perfect, so for the people who have been having issues with this cookie don’t give up on it! TRY a little extra butter and it should come out perfect

    Thank you for your input, Danielle! You are definitely right- these are the best holidays cookies! 🙂

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