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A stack of M&M cookies sits on a square of parchment paper. The top cookie is broken in half to show the inside texture. In the background is a white plate with a pile of cookies and a small black bowl containing red and green M&Ms. Scattered about in the photo for texture are cookie crumbs, additional cookies, and red and green M&Ms. Everything sits on a white marble background. This is the horizontal image.
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4.86 from 7 votes

M&M Cookies

A healthy twist on classic M&M cookies, this version replaces the butter with extra light olive oil.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Cookies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cookies
Servings: 30 cookies
Calories: 132kcal


  • 2/3 cup extra light olive oil (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1 1/2 cups m&ms


  • Preheat oven to 350F.
  • In a large bowl, add all of the ingredients except for the flour and the M&Ms. Mix until combined.
  • Add the flour to the mixture in two batches, mixing thoroughly after each addition.
  • Fold in m&m’s.
  • Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased tray.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes for chewy cookies or 12-14 minutes for crispy cookies.


This dough is going to be greasier than the one made with butter. I also found that between batches, the oil would start to separate. I would advise giving the dough a good stir before forming your cookies and baking them in the oven. As for the olive oil, be sure to use extra light because it has a neutral taste and neutral smell. It even says on the label that it can be used for baking. If you use regular olive oil, you might taste it.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6.4g | Saturated Fat: 1.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.8g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 6.8mg | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 10.1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.2mg