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Holiday Truffle Cookies

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Holiday Truffle Cookies are a rich, chewy chocolate indulgence. Just what Christmas cookies should be! These fudgy chocolate cookies were a huge hit!

It’s the time of year to savor what you enjoy most, and in my house, Chocolate Cookies are at the top of the list!

Holiday Truffle Cookies on a white plate

Holiday Truffle Cookies

Growing up, we had plenty of Christmas traditions: the trek to the Christmas tree farm to chop down the biggest darned tree that would fit in our house, decorating gingerbread houses baked by my mom, eating all the almonds from the bowl of mixed nuts in our living room, sampling the sweet, crispy rosettes my mom deep-fried and dusted with powdered sugar to give to our family and friends, and, finally, walking through the snowy streets to Midnight Mass, full of the joy and excitement of the holiday.

Now that I have my own family, we’ve created our own traditions…but making sweets for our dear neighbors is one passed down from my parents. I have a list of tried-and-true cookies and candies that I package in cheery, holiday boxes: caramels, English toffee, fudge, and white chocolate peppermint bark…plus chewy gingersnaps, butterscotch cookies, cherry chocolate chunk cookies, Star of Bethlehem cookies, rosette cookies, and coconut macadamia nut bars. Chocolate plays a huge role in all our holiday celebrations, so when I found a recipe for these Chocolate Cookies, I knew they’d fit right in with our old favorites, and with a few tweaks, they were transformed into holiday truffle cookies.

Holiday Truffle Cookies in a white bowl with M&M's

Festive Chocolate Cookies Recipe

When I deliver these sugar-laden packages to our friends, I know exactly who wants extra toffee or extra gingersnaps. In fact, I had a touching phone call earlier this week. A friend’s elderly dad is dealing with dementia. They had put a wreath up in his home and he realized Christmas was approaching. He asked one of his other daughters about his gingersnaps. Confused, she ran to the market and purchased some.

The dad was most disappointed. They were not what he wanted. I found out that my friend has shared my Christmas cookies with him each year, so once the sisters figured this out, I baked a fresh batch of my chewy gingersnaps for their dad. I love when one of my recipes travels from family to family or friend to friend, to be enjoyed by so many. The joy of the season can be shared with a simple batch of delicious cookies, and it’s not too late to start your own family tradition.  Some form of chocolate cookie is always on our list, and these truffle cookies are made festive with some holiday colored M & M’s!

Chocolate Cookies with M&M's in a white bowl

Tips for Making Holiday Truffle Cookies

  • PRO-Tip: Have your eggs at room temperature for the best incorporation. Let them sit on the counter for an hour or two before mixing the dough. Alternatively, place them in a bowl of very warm water for about 30 minutes. Don’t use boiling water as you do not want to cook the eggs.
  • PRO-Tip: Use a quality chocolate bar as this is the focal ingredient in these chocolate cookies. I like Ghirardelli chocolate bars which can be found in most grocery and Target stores.
  • I’ve upped the chilling time for the dough and added an extra tablespoon of flour. After testing this recipe a number of years after I first made it, I found the cookies baked up flatter than when I first posted this recipe.
  • PRO-Tip: Use a cookie disher to scoop evenly sized rounds of dough. You may need to clean the disher after scooping 2 or 3 cookies. Or you can spray the disher with cooking spray. Just wipe out any excess spray so your cookies aren’t coated oil. 
  • I actually own 3 medium-sized cookie dishers and I still had to wash them frequently while scooping. This dough is a bit sticky, so make sure it’s well chilled for easier scooping.
  • Since these cookies are packed full of M & M’s and chocolate chunks, they may not bake into perfect rounds. I use my spatula to tap the cookies back into shape within a minute or two of coming out of the oven. They’re very pliable when still hot.
  • Reserve a few M&M’s to place on top of your still-hot cookies to make a pretty presentation.

You might like to check out my post on How to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange, too! Plus check out more of the Best Christmas Cookie Recipes from Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen.

Chocolate Cookies with M&M's in a white bowl

Holiday Truffle Cookies

Rich chocolate cookies studded with holiday M& M's

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Yield 2 dozen


  • 6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped in chocolate chip sized pieces
  • 1/2 cups red and green M & M's, plus more for garnishing


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the 6 ounces of chocolate with the butter, stopping and stirring at 30-second intervals, till melted and smooth.
  2. Whisk together eggs and sugar in another bowl. Slowly whisk in warm chocolate till well combined. Add vanilla, then stir in flour, baking powder, and salt. Let dough rest for a couple of minutes. Stir in the remaining chopped chocolate and M & M's. Chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes to let the dough firm up.
  3. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment.
  4. Scoop out rounded tablespoonfuls of dough and place on a baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Use a damp finger to pat dough into round balls if misshapen.
  5. Bake for 7-8 minutes, till crackled and glossy. Middles may look slightly underdone.
  6. Remove from oven and carefully press about 3 M & M's onto the surface of each cookie. Let cool on baking sheet 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.


Total time does not include chilling and cooling times.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 132Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 47mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 2g


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Holiday Truffle Cookies on a patterned napkin
This Holiday Truffles Cookies recipe was first shared in December 2012. Photos and text were updated in 2019.

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50 comments on “Holiday Truffle Cookies”

  1. You had me at TRUFFLE! Didn’t take me long to get here to see your post lol! I love it! I have the festive M&Ms and have yet to use them. This looks like the perfect way to serve them up! Lovely photos, Liz! *hugs*

  2. These are so festive, Lizzy! Beautiful pictures!

  3. We’re equal opportunity cookie lovers around here. Serve ’em up! 🙂

  4. What a lovely cookie and not too decadent in the ingredient listing. Damn, another one to put on my Christmas baking list. At this rate, Liz, I’ll be baking until NEXT Christmas! 😉

  5. Look. Beautiful Lizzy:)

  6. My Dear Friend Liz.
    I loved these cookies with chocolate M & M’s. They were beautiful with the colors of Christmas. They look so crisp that makes you want to eat them.
    Kisses of Gina.

  7. Oooh such rich and delicious looking cookies! Love that the word truffle is in the title 😉

  8. Great looking cookie! And I’m a sucker for the read & green M&M garnish at this time of the year! I always melt my chocolate in the microwave too – by far the easiest way. Anyway, good stuff – thanks.

  9. These are pretty delicious cookies , Lizzy ! I love how you baked cookies 😀 They look so beautifully-made ! You’re so sweet baking those chewy gingersnaps for your friend’s dad 🙂

  10. These cookies sound delish and look so festive. By the way I tried to sign up for your RSS feed from my iPad but it took me to iTunes. So I will try from my PC tomorrow. I have a free day so should have the time.

  11. Simple and delicious! Festive, too!

  12. What a sweet lovely story Lizzy! Your neighbors are so lucky to get to taste your cookies every holiday season (but I’m sure they have some treats in between!), and it’s wonderful that people remember your cookies. I can totally imagine how joyful it is for a baker/cook that someone remembers the taste. Your holiday truffle cookies look Christmasy and I hope you’re enjoying baking cookies for everyone…as they are probably reading your post and waiting for your knock on their door! 😉

  13. Oh, a cookie to please all for sure and so festive!

  14. Cookie gifts make for such sweet stories. I love the tradition you still follow, and these cookies are certainly worth it!

  15. These are indeed festive, Liz! And sounds simple enough for a noob cookie baker like me haha. love the idea of adding green and red M&Ms – bookmarked for christmas 🙂

  16. awesome, getting hungry now.

  17. Great cookies! Traditions, really for any holiday, are what make them so special. We always put together a gingerbread house. Then around the end of January my brother and I would go destroy it in the woods.

  18. Decadent cookies and great festive pictures!

  19. Wonderful and decadent cookie. That is a sweet story about the neighbor’s dad and your gingersnaps.

  20. I will gladly take these anything you make that your family members fuss about. I’ll never turn down a cookie! 😛

  21. i definitely believe that m&m’s belong in cookies!

  22. YUM!! so festive and delicious for the holidays 🙂

  23. Lizzie, these are so pretty and sound fabulous!

  24. Those cookies sound wonderful! And I’m so happy you’ve moved to WordPress – no more commenting woes. I received your beautiful Christmas card yesterday. Thanks so much!

  25. I would love to make this cookie a tradition! Looks so festive!

  26. A second round of snow is due here Saturday and I plan on making cookies. I do all of our traditional but love to add some new into the mix and this will please all! We’re a chocolate family. I love, love the story of the gentleman and your gingersnaps.

  27. You had me at truffle! They look festive and decadent, just what I like 🙂

  28. Lovely cookies, Lizzie! Really brightens up my day 🙂

  29. Holy cannoli, those are some beautiful cookies, Liz! I loved the story about the elderly man that remembered your cookies and wanted them b/c they were the holidays to him. That is so sweet! Oh I just love it, and that you baked him some just for him when you found out. Aww!

  30. I love these cookies, Liz!! Perfection!

  31. I love this post! And these delicious and festive cookies!

  32. I made these this afternoon, Liz.

    OH MY! They are delicious and sooooo easy. BTW: I am lazy and didn’t bother chopping chocolate. I just used the Ghirardelli 60% chocolate chip!

  33. Another winning chocolate cookie recipe!!! Yeah!!! Lovely holiday memories and I especially like the part about creating your own memories with your family 😉

  34. Yes, truffle got my attention too… looks fabulous. Thanks for sharing these cookies on foodie friday.

  35. They look awesome – saving them to my ziplist so I can make them! I am amazed at the height and puff you get all from just 1/4 c flour for 2 dozen cookies! Just when I think I understand cookie science, I am surprised!

  36. Great cookies Liz, I’ll take 10 dozen m’kay.

  37. It always comes down to chocolate!! 😀 My husband would fall in love with me once again, 10 times harder, if I made these! Honest… he would be soooo happy.

  38. So cute and so festive. Thanks for sharing on our Holiday Sweets Round Up.

  39. this would be a definite go-to cookie for me…who wouldn’t love it!?

  40. Those cookies look really chewy and chocolatey! They sound like a perfect cookie for the holidays:-) Hugs, Terra

  41. Lovely Christmas cookies!! Also, if you’re interested, I have a great giveaway for bakers on my blog now:

  42. These look great. I can’t wait to try them!

  43. these became puddles and stayed flat in the oven and did not puff at all…. sadly I wanted to make them for a cookie exchange… I followed the recipe to a T! I don’t know what went wrong…

  44. They are just like my favourirte brownie cookies, but only better because of M&M :-))

  45. All the truffle flavor with none of the messy hands! One of our favorite cookies for the holidays!

  46. These are so perfect for the holidays! I love how festive they are. Thanks for sharing!

  47. Fudgy Goodness! Your cookies look great, I wish I had a couple right now-Happy Holiday Baking Liz:@)

  48. Oh my goodness – these cookies look splendid. They’re like little brownies but even better; love their flaky and glossy texture. Needless to say, they look super festive, too!

  49. What a festive lovely cookie treat, just perfect for the holidays! Thank you for sharing!

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