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Brown Butter M&M Cookies are chewy, buttery and a most versatile treat. Whether for a holiday picnic, college care package or after school snack, there will be no complaints when you fill your cookie jare with these M&M studded cookies!

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Brown Butter M&M Cookies

On the day before we were to move Nick to college, I realized I had no homemade goodies to send along with him. Bad mama. Bad food blogger.  I opened up my pantry and saw a partial bag of mini-M&M’s and thought back to these Brown Butter Easter Cookies made with white chocolate M&M’s. I love this base cookie with the slightly nutty flavor of browned butter and the touch of molasses from the dark brown sugar….mmmmm.  

Don’t worry if the batter looks a little greasy as it’s just due to the melted butter. These Brown Butter M&M Cookies are a perfect treat for the lunch box or for a college student care package or for a Labor Day Picnic.

PRO-Tip: Did you know you can make dark brown sugar at home? Just add a tablespoon of molasses to one cup of light brown sugar, mix, and it’s ready to go!

Brown Butter M&M Cookies on a serving late with more plates in the background
If you’re a fan of brown butter, you’ll also love these Brown Butter Cookie Dough Truffles!

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Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Brown Butter M&M Cookies

Chewy M&M Cookies enhanced by delicious, nutty brown butter

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen smaller cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert, Cookies
  • Method: Mixing, Simmering, Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 14 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/4 cups mini M&M’s
  • 1 3.14 ounce bag of M&M’s (optional garnish)


  1. Preheat oven to 375º.
  2. Melt 10 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan over medium high heat till melted. Continue cooking a couple more minutes till butter is golden brown with a nutty fragrance. Pour into heatproof bowl, and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir till melted.
  3. Add sugars, then vanilla. Mix in egg and egg yolk. Add baking soda, then flour and mix till just combined. Add M&M’s.
  4. Use a 1 tablespoon scoop to make smaller dough balls or about 3 tablespoons of dough for larger cookies. Place about 2 inches apart on parchment lined cookie sheets. Bake about 10-14  minutes or until cookies are golden but centers are still soft. Press a few regular M&M’s into warm cookies to garnish. Cool on rack.


Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.


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