Vegan M&M Cookies

These vegan M&M cookies are so soft and chewy with the perfect crispy edges, you’ll swear they came from a bakery. This recipe combines the best vegan chocolate chips made even better with colorful vegan chocolate-covered candies.

Looking down on a plate full of vegan M&M cookies, showing colorful candy pieces and chocolate chips in each cookie.

You may or may not know that vegan M&Ms are not all that common. They are more commercially available these days than ever, so I’m more than a little excited to offer you this vegan M&M cookie recipe.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Combining vegan M&Ms with dairy-free chocolate chips makes an intense chocolate flavor in these cookies
  • Using both granulated and brown sugar makes a rich and tender cookie
  • Vegan butter creates the perfect buttery flavor, especially when creamed together with sugar.
  • Adding chocolate chips and candy pieces to the top of each cookie dough ball (before baking) makes these cookies look as good as they taste!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Vegan Butter — Use storebought or make your own vegan butter.
  • Sugar — We’ll use both granulated sugar and brown sugar (use light, dark, or homemade brown sugar).
  • Flax Egg — I prefer a flax egg for this recipe, but you can use a chia egg.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll add cornstarch to create soft, chewy cookies. You can substitute arrowroot powder.
  • Vanilla extract — This adds a subtle vanilla flavor, but it’s optional or you can substitute a different extract, such as coffee extract.
  • Flour — I recommend all-purpose flour, but you can substitute whole wheat pastry flour (different than whole wheat flour).
  • Baking soda + baking powder — Make sure yours are fresh by testing baking soda in vinegar or baking powder in hot water. Both should bubble, indicating that they’re fresh.
  • Salt — I use simple table salt, or you can use sea salt.
  • Chocolate Chips — Choose from the many dairy-free chocolate chips available these days
  • Vegan candy-covered chocolates — See below for more on vegan M&Ms.

How to Make Vegan M&M Cookies

  1. Cream butter and sugar by adding the butter to a mixing bowl and creaming on medium speed until fluffy. Then add sugars and cream another minute. Add the flax egg and vanilla and mix to combine.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  3. Make cookie dough by pouring the flour mixture into the mixing bowl and beat until the dough is combined.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and vegan candies and then cover and chill in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes.
    Looking down on a glass bowl full of cookie dough with chocolate chips and colorful candy pieces.
  5. Drop cookie dough balls on a prepared baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated oven for 9 to 10 minutes.

Storage Tips

Store cooled cookies in a lidded container. They will keep at room temperature for 4 – 6 days, in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Do M&Ms have dairy?

To date, there are no vegan M&Ms, which means they are not dairy-free. Even the dark chocolate M&Ms have dairy in them. However, there are other brands available that provide dairy-free candy-coated chocolate.

Marly’s Tips

  • This beating process is important. It’s known as mechanical leavening and creates a nice structure for your cookies.
  • This recipe is based on my vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe and it’s pretty easy to make.
  • Press additional chocolate chips and candy pieces to the top of each cookie dough ball before baking to create a bakery shop look.

Vegan M&M’s

It used to be that it was impossible to find vegan M&M’s but not these days! If you’re looking for dairy-free M&M’s I recommend these brands:

  • Unreal — this brand offers vegan candy-coated dark chocolate pieces (I used this one for these cookies)
  • Little Secrets — they have candy-coated dark chocolate
  • NoNo’s — They have vegan candy-coated chocolates.

You can find some of these brands at health food stores or online.

More Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes

Looking down on a plate full of vegan M&M cookies, with each cookie full of chocolate chips and colorful candy pieces.

I hope you love these vegan M&M cookies as much as we do!

Looking down on a plate full of vegan M&M cookies, showing colorful candy pieces and chocolate chips in each cookie.

Vegan M&M Cookies

These vegan M&M Cookies have been a long-time coming. It hasn't always been easy to find dairy-free M&Ms, but now that they're here, let's make cookies with them!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 32
Calories: 193kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make the flax egg and set it aside.
  • Place the butter in a mixing bowl. Use either a handheld or stand mixer on medium speed and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and beat again until light and fluffy. Add the flax egg and vanilla and beat to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cornstarch (see note), baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine. Pour the flour mixture in with the butter mixture. Stir to combine.
  • Add the chocolate chips and candy covered chocolates, reserving a few of each to place on the top of each cookie before baking. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  • Use a cookie scoop to drop cookie dough on a prepared cookie sheet. Add a few chocolate chips and candies. Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until golden brown on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store in a lidded container.

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Notes

* These are sold in the bulk section of our health food store. I’m providing the link to the website to help you locate these in your area. I took a photo of the bin that shows the ingredients.
Nutrition Facts
Vegan M&M Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 120mg5%
Potassium 56mg2%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 18g20%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

This post was originally published in 2014 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

31 Responses to Vegan M&M Cookies

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCaitlin G-H Reply

    Yet another home run cookie recipe! Ah, I can’t wait to make these myself 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Caitlin! They’re super tasty…hope you like them as much as we do!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAmanda ( The Kitcheneer) Reply

    This cookie recipe makes my list of reasons why I heart cookies! They look delicious!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I think we’re kindred cookie-lovin’ spirits!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLana @ Never Enough Thyme Reply

    You just can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate chips, whether traditional or vegan! Right? Yum!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You are singing my tune Lana! Love it!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAshley @ Wishes & Dishes Reply

    I agree with each and every one of those reasons to love cookies. I could probably make my list 3 times as long LOL Love these – and the pretty sundrop colors.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      It’s so true, Ashley. I could go on and on…and on too about how much I heart cookies!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyEllen Christian Reply

    Oh my husband would go wild over these. He loves cookies.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Your hubby and my hubby have something in common. 😉

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyElizabeth@ Food Ramblings Reply

    YUM! Your photos look like you just pulled the cookie out of the oven!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Well, to be completely honest, they were freshly out of the oven. It was hard to keep the camera in front of my face!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGinny McMeans Reply

    Don’t I just love you! You 10 reasons to love cookies are so perfect too! I have never tried Dark Chocolate Candy-Covered Sundrops but they are on my list now. Yor link is so smart. Ha! I can go on and on. This is going on my facebook page!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Ginny. We’re definitely on the same page. So glad you liked this recipe!

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRose | The Clean Dish Reply

    These are vegan?! That’s amazing!! These cookies make my mouth water!

    Like I need any reasons to eat cookies haha! I love your list, though. Wonderful post, Marly!!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Rose!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyIsabelle @ Crumb Reply

    I am loving that list of reasons to love cookies… not that I ever need a reason (because… well… cookies), but it’s always nice to have a few extra justifications, just so I can further rationalize my cookie cravings. 🙂 (Also, cookies that pair up PB, chocolate AND M&Ms? Umm. Yes please.)

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Isabelle, I think I love lists just as much as I like cookies, so it only seemed natural to combine the two. Because otherwise, I agree with you, they’re um, cookies. Nuf said!

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJessica (Savory Experiments) Reply

    Chocolate and peanut butter? I’m in LOVE!!!!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Absolutely best flavor combination ever!

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJoelen Reply

    Looks delicious and I’m a sucker for anything baked with chocolate!

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly Reply

    I’m with you, Joelen!

  13. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyTieghan Reply

    These are so fun and I can’t believe they are vegan. Amazing!

  14. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyHalo Reply

    These look awesome, but unfortunately the sundrops aren’t vegan at all. They contain both milkfat and beeswax. 🙁 (ingredient list at the link provided). I’ve been sending sunspire emails for years asking them to make their sundrops vegan. I’ll still be making these delicious looking cookies, just without the sundrops. Thanks!!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I was wondering if there might be different ingredients in their packaged vs. bulk products. You never know!

  15. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngie | Big Bear's Wife Reply

    These are so pretty!! I love the Candy-Covered Sundrops!!

  16. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJenell Reply

    i clicked the link to look at the sunspire dark chocolate drops and the website says they have milk fat in them, so they are not vegan. 🙁

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJenell

      Oh yeah, and they also contain beeswax, also not vegan. maybe they changed the recipe and the ones you got were vegan but it doesn’t look like they are anymore.

  17. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlydina Reply

    i love the colors. they look great!

  18. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKim Beaulieu Reply

    I love cookies, and these ones are so cute and colourful. A definite must try.

  19. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMelissa from HungryFoodLove.com Reply

    My favorite cookies and now i can make them vegan friendly. Yes!

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