Saturday, October 1, 2016

Totoro Family Recipes: M&M Cookies

If I had to choose one recipe to fully represent our family kitchen... it would be M&M cookies.

I fondly remember helping my mother decorate the tops of these colorful morsels.

I relished the opportunity to share this tradition with my eldest when she was old enough to participate (I think the first attempt was when she was about 18 months old).

And we now have three generations of Totoro women making these traditional cookies for the holidays.

I prefer to use the original "Toll House Cookie" recipe my mom saved... as the extra flour make for a denser cookie and one that holds the M&M decorations in place.

  • 1 cup butter (or shortening)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 well beaten eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup+ M&Ms

  1. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, vanilla, and sugars.
  2. Add beaten eggs and blend thoroughly.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Stir in the M&Ms.
  6. Drop by teaspoon full on greased baking sheet.
  7. Decorate top of each cookie with 3 M&Ms.
  8. Bake at 375 for approximately 10-12 minutes.
While we always make these cookies during the Christmas holidays, the special holiday M&Ms make this a festive cookie anytime: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentines, Easter, St. Patrick's Day...

This post is part of BethFishRead's Weekend Cooking Link-Up. For more delicious recipes, please visit her weekly blog feature.


  1. These cookies always say Christmas to me too. But why not change up the color of the M&M's to match other holidays?

    1. Exactly what I thought :)
      Before M&M prepackaged a variety of holiday themed packs... I would buy extra Christmas candies and separate out the reds (for Valentines) and green (for St. Patrick's Day)

  2. Very lovely tradition! There's so much that little kids can actually do.

    best... mae at

    1. SO true, mae. And if you're willing to deal with a little mess, they can do than we often allow them to try.

  3. This sounds especially good because of all those new M&M flavors I've been dying to try but didn't have an excuse yet. This sounds like a good one! :--)

    1. Ohh... I hadn't even thought of the flavored M&Ms. Pumpkin Spice M&M cookies would be my first experiment :)

  4. Yum! I haven't made cookies in a long time. Pinning this recipe.

  5. My granddaughter would love these! Have you ever heard of an alternative m&m called Little Secrets? Delicious taste with no artificial colors? I'm going to try the recipe using them.

    1. I have not heard of Little Secrets, but will definitely look for them the next time I'm out!

    2. You might be sorry once you've tasted them! Esp. the coconut. I wrote about them here if you are interested:

  6. Lovely holiday traditions. Have a great week. Cheers from Carole's Chatter

  7. Beautiful cookies. Maybe orange M&Ms would work for Halloween. Thanks for the recipe; I think I would like to try these. I remember my mother made similar cookies in my youth that had the Hershey chocolate kisses on top. Maybe the same cookie with a different top!

    1. Yes... the Hershey's kiss cookie was a favorite as well :)


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