Easy Spring Cookies With M&Ms

Easy Spring cookies

Today I’m sharing easy spring cookies with M&Ms. By the way these are the best M&Ms, they are Key Lime Pie, and these are AMAZING!

The best part is this spring recipe is semihomemade.

By the way, these cookies are perfect through the warmer months. These will be great for a bridal shower, birthday party, graduation party, or for dessert charcuterie board. They are such easy cookies to make. Making double batches is simple to do too. I highly recommend making a double batch because these fly off my dessert table!

Guess what makes them even better?

Brown butter, yes browning the butter is a game changer for these spring cookies.

Brown butter is simple to make. As a rule, add your butter to a pot and turn the burner on low. The butter will melt slowly, and foam will appear on the top once the butter melt. As this happens watch it carefully and the butter will become amber color in a few moments.

Ingredients and Items Needed These Spring Cookies with M&Ms

  • Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
  • Preheat oven at 350
  • Vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 stick melted brown butter
  • 1/4 cup flour measure t measure gluten-free flour works too
  • 2 large room-temperature eggs
  • Large handful of lightly chopped Key Lime Pie M&Ms
  • Medium size mixing bowl
  • wire whisk
  • Heavy-duty metal spoon
  • Parchment paper
  • Cookie sheets
  • Spatula

Chopping the M&Ms

Because I have made these easy spring cookies before, chopping these M&Ms can be tricky because they are oval and thick.

Key Lime Pie M&Ms

For example, using a mini food processor causes the candies to make too much powder. So, I use one of two methods. First, I cut M&Ms for the cookies carefully with a large knife or I use a meat mallet and little tap them one at a time. This may seem like it takes a long time but because a handful is all that’s needed for these easy cookies it goes very quickly.

the M&Ms lightly copped for the cookies

By the way, if you can’t find these delicious M&Ms you can use good quality white chocolate chips.

These M&Ms can be found at Target, Walmart, and Amazon. During the spring these can be found in your local grocery store. These M&Ms are seasonal and this is the perfect time to save this cookie recipe.

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These seasonal candies are truly worth the effort to find because they are excellent. Fair warning the bag will be gone in 10 minutes.

Steps To Make These Easy Cookies

After getting your ingredients together let your eggs come to room temperature.

Next, add your butter to a saucepan and begin to melt on low to medium heat. As the butter melts it will foam on top. This is good because remember we are browning the butter. Believe me, this step is worth it for these spring cookies. Once the butter begins to foam, I carefully tilt the pan after a few moments. I do this to see if the butter is beginning to turn an amber color for my dessert.

It’s particularly important to make sure the butter is amber. Once this happens remove it from the heat to cool slightly. This is important because we don’t want the heat from the butter to scramble the eggs and ruin your cookies.

Meanwhile, while the butter is cooling add the cookie mix, pudding, and flour to a bowl and whisk together. Doing this step combines the ingredients and also removes any clumps.

whisking the ingredients together to remove any clumps

Now that your eggs are at room temperature and the butter is cooled add them to the ingredients for the cookies and mix with a heavy-duty metal spoon. Incidentally, I have used a wooden spoon and it doesn’t mix the ingredients well.

brown butter added

Notice the amber color of the brown butter. This is beyond a game-changer for semihomemade spring cookies!

Once the ingredients are beginning to come together add your candies to the cookie mix and combine.

Easy spring Cookies With M&Ms on the cooling rack

Before adding your easy cookies to the cookie sheets make sure to cover them with parchment paper. Incidentally, I have these parchment paper sheets, and they are the perfect size for cookie sheets. No More tearing and wasting parchment paper when making cookies.

When adding these to my baking sheets I like using a smaller size cookie scoop. This keeps the size consistent and helps these sweets to bake evenly. I have been baking for 25 years and this is hands down the best cookie scoop I have ever used. Also, because these cookies have candy inside it keeps them small. Hey, we can eat more, right?

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Bake these for 10-12 minutes at 350. When the timer goes off let the cookies sit on the cookie sheet for 2 more minutes.

Finally, remove them from the cookie sheet and let them cool completely on a cooking rack.

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EASY SPRING COOKIES WITH M&MS

These are quick to make using cookie mix and adding ingredients for a homemade taste!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
2 minutes on the cookie sheet 0 mins
Total Time 27 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 160 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 wire whisk to whisk dry ingredients together
  • 2 sheets Parchment paper
  • 2 cookie sheets covered with parchment paper
  • 1 spatula
  • 1 large knife
  • 1 metal sppon Metal works best for this recipe

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package Betty Crocker Sugar Mix
  • 1 stick salted melted brown butter optional but so worth it
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 1/4 c flour
  • 2 large room temperature eggs
  • 1 handful key lime pie M&M's coarsely chopped M&M's. I say handful because anymore than that overpowers the batter

Other chips for these cookies because these candies are offered seasonally

  • 1 handful semisweet, butterscotch, caramel or cinnamon chips are perfect for these cookies

Instructions
 

  • Melt and brown the butter and let cool
  • Whisk all the dry ingredients together with the whisk
  • coarsely chop the M&M's with a knife
  • Add the browned butter and the eggs to the dry ingredients and slightly combine using your metal spoon
  • Now add your chopped M&M's to finish combining ingredients well
  • Add your cookies to the parchment cookie sheet. Remember make sure the scoop is flat
  • Bake at 350 for12 minutes
  • Let the cookies sit for 2 minutes on the cookie after removing them from the oven
  • After 2 minutes put the cookies on a cooling rack to cool completely

Notes

Preheated oven 350

Browning the Butter

Brown butter is simple to make. Add your butter to a pot and turn the burner on medium/low. The butter will melt, and foam will appear on the top of the butter and begins the browning process. As this happens watch it carefully and the butter will become amber color in a few moments under the foam.
Check this by carefully tilting the pot slightly you should see brown on the pan and the butter will be amber in color

Chopping the M&Ms

Because I have made these easy Easter cookies before, chopping these M&Ms can be tricky because they are oval and thick.  Don’t use a food processor or rolling pin.  You will wind up with powder
If you can’t find these candies good quality white chocolate chips will work.
chopped M&M's
Chop M&M’s with a large knife anything else will give you powder

Steps To Make These Spring Cookies

After getting your ingredients together let your eggs come to room temperature.
Next, add your butter to a saucepan and begin to melt on low to medium heat. As the butter melts it will foam on top. This is good because remember we are browning the butter. Believe me, this step is worth it for these easy semihomemade cookies. Once the butter begins to foam, I carefully tilt the pan after a few moments. I do this to see if the butter is beginning to turn an amber color for my dessert.
It’s particularly important to make sure the butter is amber. Once this happens remove it from the heat to cool slightly. This is important because we don’t want the heat from the butter to scramble the eggs and ruin your cookies.
Meanwhile, while the butter is cooling add the cookie mix, pudding, and flour to a bowl and whisk together. Doing this step combines the ingredients and also removes any clumps.
flour in a bowl
whisk the dry ingredients with a wire whisk to remove any clumps
Now that your eggs are at room temperature and the butter is cooled add them to the ingredients for your easy cookies and mix with a heavy-duty metal spoon. Incidentally, I have used a wooden spoon and it doesn’t mix the ingredients well.
showing the browned butter
this is after adding the brown butter
Notice the amber color of the brown butter. This is beyond a game-changer for cookies.
Once the ingredients are beginning to come together add your candies to the cookie mix and combine.
Before adding your easy sweets to the cookie sheets make sure to cover them with parchment paper.
When adding these to my cookie sheets I like using a smaller size cookie scoop. This keeps the size consistent and helps these sweets to bake evenly.
Bake these for 10-12 minutes at 350. When the timer goes off remove them from the oven and let the cookies sit on the cookie sheets for 2 more minutes.
Finally, remove them from the cookie sheet and let them cool completely on a cooking rack.
cookies
The cookies cooling on a cooling rack
 
Finished cookies
Finished cookies
Store these in an airtight container for 7 days.  These also freeze very well.  A note these are really good if they are still chilled from the freezer.  Enjoy!
Keyword easy cookie recipe, easy reipe, simple recipe, sweets

Enjoy these easy spring semihomemade cookies with M&Ms for your dessert table. I hope you give these a try because they are very fast to make and are a delicious dessert! These are a big crowd-pleaser!

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23 thoughts on “Easy Spring Cookies With M&Ms

  1. Thank you for all the work you did to host the hop! Some great sweet treats I will be making for Easter! I love your plates so much too!

  2. Oh my gosh, Cindy … those M&M’s!!! You’re speaking my dessert language. These look so yummy, fun to make for kids and adults … and sure to please at any spring gathering. I had so much fun joining you ladies for this Sweet Hop … thanks for including me! xo

  3. Cindy, these cookies are perfect for Easter. I am going to make some this weekend for an Easter egg hunt. The littles will love them.

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