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Brown Butter M&M Cookies - Bakery Worthy! - That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Brown Butter M&M Cookies are chewy, buttery, and a most versatile treat. Whether for a holiday picnic, college care package or an after-school snack, there will be no complaints when you fill your cookie jar with these M&M studded cookies!

This M and M Cookies Recipe has a simple twist that increases the caramel undertones and makes these cookies impossible to resist!

Why You Must Make Brown Butter Cookies

  • The addition of brown butter adds subtle nutty undertones!
  • Dark brown sugar adds a rich caramel flavor.
  • These cookies are packed full of mini M&Ms and garnished with regular M&Ms!!!

On the day before we were to move Nick to college, I realized I had no homemade goodies to send along with him. Bad mama. Bad food blogger.  I opened up my pantry and saw a partial bag of mini-M&M’s and thought back to these Brown Butter Easter Cookies made with white chocolate M&M’s. I love this base cookie with the slightly nutty flavor of browned butter and the touch of molasses from the dark brown sugar….mmmmm.  

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Brown Butter?

What Does Brown Butter Do For Cookies?

How Do You Make Bakery-Worthy Cookies?

How Do You Keep the M&Ms from Cracking?

How Do You Store M & M Cookies?

  • Use caution when making brown butter so it doesn’t burn.
  • PRO-Tip: Did you know you can make dark brown sugar at home? Just add a tablespoon of molasses to one cup of light brown sugar, mix, and it’s ready to go!
  • Don’t worry if the cookie dough looks a little greasy as it’s just due to the melted butter.
  • Reserve some extra M&Ms to garnish the warm cookies when they’re fresh out of the oven.
  • Store in an airtight container to keep them soft and chewy.
  • Shake up the recipe by using other varieties of M&Ms: peanut butter, caramel, pretzel, milk chocolate, etc.
  • Buy holiday coloered M&Ms and make these cookies for Christmas, Easter, the 4th of July and more!
  • Use two M&M cookies and a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make ice cream sandwiches!

How to Make Brown Butter

Making brown butter takes less than 10 minutes. Be sure to watch it carefully as it can go from browned to burnt very quickly.

  1. Cut your butter into chunks.
  2. Use a light-colored pan so you can observe the color change.
  3. Warm the pan to melt the butter.
  4. Stir frequently as the melted butter starts to bubble and foam. This is caused by the water in the butter evaporating.
  5. Continue stirring as you see the milk solids (the little specks in the butter) start to color.
  6. Remove from heat once the butter is browned to your desired color.
  7. Be attentive to prevent burning.

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Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 24


Adapted from Cook's Illustrated

  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cups mini M&M's
  • 1 3.14 ounce bag of M&M's, optional garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 375º.
  2. Melt 10 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat till melted. Continue cooking for a couple more minutes till butter is golden brown with a nutty fragrance.
  3. Pour into a heatproof bowl, and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir till melted.
  4. Add sugars, then vanilla. Mix in egg and egg yolk. Add baking soda, then flour, and mix till just combined. Add M&M's.
  5. Use a medium cookie scoop to make dough balls. Roll between your palms to make nice dough balls, if desired.
  6. Place about 2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the cookies are golden.
  7. Press a few regular M&M's into warm cookies to garnish. Cool on rack.

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:

    1 Cookie

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 138mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 1gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g


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