Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookies

Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookies

What is it about M&Ms that conjure up childhood memories? Remember when they added the blue ones? I may or may not have eaten the entire first bag of M&Ms that I purchased for this recipe. Yes, for my Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookie recipe. It was not a snack size. Oops. This displeased the Wedding Fairy. Sometimes a girls gotta eat brightly colored milk chocolate candies. It doesn’t happen often in my house but when the mood is right…

Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookies

After I kicked myself for not picking out all the blue and red ones before consuming the entire bag, I dragged myself back to the store (ugh), because I didn’t want to make just any M&M sugar cookies; I wanted to make Patriotic M&M sugar cookies. Yup- there is a huge difference. The difference is that in order to make the patriotic variety you have to spend valuable time sorting through tiny coated candies that promise to melt in your mouth and not in your hand but totally cover your hands in a rainbow of colors in 5 minutes flat.

The sugar cookie base for these M&M sugar cookies is the Old Fashioned Sugar Cookies from Good Housekeeping’s 1955 Edition. It is a more cakey sugar cookie that isn’t as sweet as some of its drop sugar cookie cousins, which I think is perfect when you are mixing in other sweet candies or icing them.

Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookies

The Good Housekeeping Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookie recipe is unique. I was intrigued by its use of buttermilk and its requirement of whipping the egg white to stiff peaks before their incoporation into the batter. It definitely produced a lighter, fluffier cookie. An interesting twist on an old American favorite!

Apparently they sell bags of only red and blue M&Ms, thus saving one the trouble of sorting. I couldn’t find such a luxuries, but I hope you can because there is nothing like a Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookie to make you smile.

Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookies
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Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookies

  • Author: Good Housekeeping, 1955 Edition
  • Total Time: 20 minutes


This M&M Sugar Cookie recipe’s unique use of buttermilk and beaten egg whites produces chewy, cakey cookies everytime. It is perfect for icing or mix-ins!


  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white (room temperature)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375°. Sift flour soda, salt, and soda. Set aside. Mix shortening, sugar and egg yolk until very light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in flour mixture alternately with buttermilk; then mix in vanilla.
  3. Beat egg white stiff. It will whip up faster if you bring the egg white to room temperature and then beat with chilled beaters in a chilled bowl. Fold beaten egg white into batter. Fold in M&M’s
  4. Drop rounded tablespoons of batter onto a greased cookie sheet 3” apart. With a spatula, flatten until ½ inch thick. [Honestly, I forgot this step and nothing tragic happened.]
  5. Bake until golden brown. Mine took 8-10 minutes. Good Housekeeping’s recipe says 20 minutes but that seems ridiculous. I tried to follow their instructing but pulled my first batch of over-cooked M&M Sugar Cookies out of the oven after 14 minutes. Blech!


You can also chill the batter over night and they will still be light and fluffy.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
Patriotic M&M Sugar Cookies


  • Lelia
    July 1, 2013 at 7:22 am

    Great idea! Love the patriotism!

    • Lindsey
      July 3, 2013 at 1:12 am


  • Miss Kim @ behgopa
    July 2, 2013 at 4:51 am

    OMG I remember what joy M&M’s brought me during my childhood. I still remember the excitement I felt as a child whenever seeing a bag of M&M’s, whether it be the plain or peanut ones (I think those were the only ones around when I was a kid). They were one of my fav treats to get when trick-or-treating.

    Is it me or does it always seem like you rarely listen to the wedding fairy? lol…of course, no one can blame you!

    • Lindsey
      July 3, 2013 at 1:15 am

      They only had plain and peanut ones when I was a kid too. I remember when they came out with the peanut butter ones – I’m pretty sure those contributed more than their fair share to my Freshman Fifteen!

      It is not just you! Lol! The Wedding Fairy is the definite loser in most of these battlesI have a feeling that might change when I go in for my first dress fitting!

  • Julia |
    July 2, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Perfect cookies for the 4th of July! Very festive and colorful!

    • Lindsey
      July 3, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Thanks Julia! They make me smile 🙂


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