Chocolate Cake Mix Christmas M&M Cookies

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You’ll have double the chocolate goodness in these chocolate cake mix Christmas M&M cookies. The combination of a chocolate cake mix with the festive holiday M&M will delight this holiday season.

M&M cake mix cookies come together quickly.

If you’ve read any of my cookie posts you know I like to have a few cookie recipes using chocolate cake mix in my repertoire. I have a friend who calls me the queen of easy cake mix recipes.

While you could use a yellow or white cake mix, I’ve found chocolate is the yummiest! Especially if you use devil’s food over other chocolate varieties such as milk chocolate or fudge. 

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While I made these with holiday M&M’s you could mix it up and use other holiday colors for Easter, 4th of July, or Halloween.

Balls of chocolate cookie dough sprinkled with M&M on a baking sheet ready for the oven.

I love baking from scratch but sometimes you just need to get a cookie baked quickly. Like when your child comes home and tells you there’s a bake sale at school the next day. I’m sure many can relate!

I choose not to mix in the M&M’s but rather place them on top. I thought they would look more festive and I think they do. This task would be good for kids to help out.

Chocolate cookies sprinkled with M&M on a baking sheet warm from the oven.
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The first time I made these cookies back in 2017, the M&M mix had white candies. Apparently, that has changed and now they are only red and green. Still festive but I kind of like the white ones too.

Chocolate Cake Mix M&M Christmas cookies on a serving plate.

Besides the ease of making these Chocolate Cake Mix Christmas M&M Cookies, I love how festive they look on a holiday plate. Because they are so easy, make an extra batch to give to neighbors and friends.

It's always great to have a couple of cookie recipes that start with a cake mix.

Chocolate Cake Mix Christmas M&M Cookies

It's always great to have a couple of cookie recipes that start with a cake mix.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 dozen cookies


  • 1 box chocolate cake mix I used devil’s food
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red and green M&M’s for decorating


  • Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set aside.
  • Add all ingredients, except M&Ms, to a bowl and mix well with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. It will take a bit of work to get it all combined.
  • Using a small pastry scoop, scoop 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Press 3 or 4 M&M’s into each cookie ball being careful not to flatten.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool on the sheet for 5 minutes after removing from the oven, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat until you’ve used all the dough.
  • Store in a covered container on the counter for up to 4 days.

This post was originally published December 7, 2017 and updated December 4, 2020.

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  1. I like to make goodie boxes for all the great aunts and uncles/aunt and uncles in general. For years I have made the same things over and over and have been looking for easy recipes that my kids could help with to change it up. These cookies would be perfect new addition to my goodie boxes! I think I may have everything in my cabinet to do them too.

  2. Holidays are a great time because we can make all the best desserts and cookies. One of my favorites are this and my family is a fan of them too. Will need to start baking soon.

  3. You can never go wrong with chocolate cookies! Throw in M&Ms and that is even better! We like to bake a lot during the holidays, it is a great way to have fun with the kids.

  4. As someone who has absolutely no baking experience, I had no idea you could substitute a cake mix in for cookie batter. Who knew such a quick and easy process could lead to such a delicious product?? Yum!

  5. Like Christie, I’m not sure if I’ve ever made cookies from cake mix, but that makes it a great recipe to have in my back pocket for when I’m short on time. And my kiddos will love decorating with the M&Ms

  6. I have never made cookies from a mix. They sound so deliciously simple. I can’t wait to try them. And it’s always good to have a quick recipe under our belt like this one.

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