M&M Shortbread Cookies

This shortbread is simple to prepare, and it will be a beautiful and delicious addition to any holiday cookie plate!

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Putting a recipe on bags of baking supplies is really one of the more genius marketing strategies out there. It gets me every. single. time. At least in one way or another, they always get me.

Have you seen the bags of Christmas M&M Minis? I think there might be a recipe for sugar cookies on there. I’m pretty sure that’s what it is. I’ve never actually looked at the exact recipe though, because I get totally sidetracked by the tiny little illustration of the cookie… which looks like shortbread to me.

So I have been dreaming about M&M shortbread for weeks, and finally decided to make a batch for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. And they did not disappoint! I managed to stop at eating just one cookie, but I don’t think I’m going to stop dreaming about them any time soon…

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The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is as cool as it sounds. Basically, gazillions (okay, 576 to be exact) of bloggers agree to send a batch of cookies out to three bloggers. This arrangement it totally Secret-Santa-style, so you have no idea who drew your name until a box of cookies shows up at your door!

I’ve participated in it for the past 3 years, and it’s always a blast. The cookies are delicious, but I think it’s even more fun to have a small personal connection with a few of the other bloggers out there!

To top everything off, The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap raised over $4,400 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer!! What a fun experience this cookie swap is each year. I’m so grateful to have been a part of it!

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The base for this shortbread recipe came from one of my very favorite bloggers, Kristen who blogs at Dine and Dish.

M&M Shortbread Cookies

Yield: 12


  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups flour
  • optional: 1-2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup M&M minis
  • optional: 1/2 cup chocolate candy melts for drizzle


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Beat together the butter and powdered sugar (a stand mixer is great for this, as the powdered sugar will make quite a mess if you're using a hand mixer).
  3. Slowly add the flour (about a half cup at a time), mixing a bit in between each addition.
  4. The mixture will look crumbly at first, but the dough will come together after a few minutes. If needed, add water (one teaspoon at a time) to help dough form. I ended up adding 1 tbsp + 1 tsp. However, beware of adding to much. This dough should not be sticky.
  5. Gently mix in the M&Ms with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  6. Turn dough onto a lightly floured silicone baking mat or parchment paper and roll out to a 1/4" thick rectangle. Using the parchment or baking mat, life the dough onto a baking sheet (leave the parchment or silicone mat as the lining). Cut dough into 12 rectangles.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes until edges begin to turn a light golden brown.
  8. Let cool completely. on a wire rack.
  9. Drizzle the melting candy over top and sprinkle with additional M&Ms if desired.
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  1. These are so cute with the mini m&ms. Love shortbread, so I bet this tastes awesome :)
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  2. What adorable little cookies!
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  3. I wish I was on the other end of receiving a box of these in the Food Blogger Cookie Swap!
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  4. Love these! I was just thinking about my holiday baking and these are totally on the short list :)
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  5. These are so cute, Ashton! I love mini M&Ms. I swear I can eat and entire bag in one sitting.
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  6. Ok these shortbread cookies look incredible (I am a sucker for holiday colored M&Ms – any holiday lol) and what’s more? These photos are tack sharp Ashton. Honestly beautiful!
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  7. Hi. Could i make the dough in advance and chill them overnight first? Will the dough be hardened, and do I need to bring the dough to room temperature before rolling it? Thanks in advance!

  8. These look mouth-watering Ashton! Love the photos – just gorgeous!! Pinned and shared on Facebook :)
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  9. I love a good buttery shortbread cookie. These look perfect with the drizzled chocolate and m&ms. Yum!

  10. Oh wow, these look delicious!!

  11. These are so cute & festive! Have you tried freezing them? I have a cookie exchange coming up & need to make them about a week in advance.

    • I haven’t tried freezing them. I would only caution you to not drizzle the chocolate and M&Ms until you’ve thawed them back out. Otherwise you’ll have condensation after thawing.

  12. Just made these…they look great! Ok to refrigerate? Or just keep them in an airtight container? Will be serving them Tuesday. Thanks!

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