M&M Rainbow Cookies


August 29, 2011 by Dana

Can someone please clear something up for me?

I seem to be confused.  Because up until this past week, I thought I lived in New York.

But now?  I’m not so sure.  After an earthquake, a hurricane, and a tornado?  (Ok, a tornado warning.)  You can see why I’m questioning my location.

Now I’m thinking maybe I’m in California.  Or Florida.  Or…. Kansas, perhaps?

It’s disconcerting to say the least.

Because I am a true NY kind of girl.  I know what to do there.  I know how to be safe.

I know not to assume a yellow cab is going to stop at a crosswalk just because the light’s red.  I know not to make eye contact with anyone on the subway.  And I know never to assume a puddle came from rain.  Gross.

But when it comes to dealing with tornadoes?  My experience is limited to ruby red slippers and munchkins in the land of Oz.  And for earthquakes?  A very special episode of Saved by the Bell comes to mind.

Needless to say, I’m thrilled that the weather forecast predicts clear skies for the next week.  I don’t think I could take much more of this crazy weather.

And if sunny skies aren’t exciting enough, here’s your very own rainbow after the storm, in the form of delicious M&M Rainbow Cookies!


2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) of salted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg + 1 egg yolk, at room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mini m&m’s (or something else that you love)

This recipe is straight from How Sweet It Is.  As soon as I saw it on Jessica’s blog, I knew I had to make it.  All of those colorful m&ms make for such a fun cookie!  Sadly, I couldn’t find any mini m&m’s, but the regular m&m’s worked just fine.


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2.  Mix the flour and baking soda in a bowl and set aside. In another bowl, mix the butter and sugars until they are combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and stir until mixed. Gradually add flour and mix until a dough forms – it will look crumbly at first, but it will come together.  Fold in the m&m’s.

3.  Divide the dough how you choose (1/4 cup portions for 18 large cookies or 2 tablespoon portions for 36 smaller cookies). Shape each portion into a ball with your hands then pull each ball into two equal pieces. Turn each half so that the rough side of the half (what used to be the inside of the ball) faces upwards and then squish both halves together. Place the dough rough-side up on a baking sheets. If you’re doing large cookies, leave about 2 inches in between each.

4.  Bake for 12-15 minutes (large cookies) or 8-12 minutes (small cookies) or until the edges are slightly brown. The centers should be soft and puffy. Do not over bake. Let cool completely then dig in!

All I can say is YUM!  These cookies are so delicious.  They stay super puffy (I’m guessing because of the odd shape of the dough before it’s baked), and are the perfect texture!  Definitely try these out.  You won’t be disappointed.

14 thoughts on “M&M Rainbow Cookies

  1. foodyrach says:

    The M&M rainbow cookies remind me of my childhood, and they look delicious!

  2. It was downgraded to a tropical storm, so you’ve still not experienced a hurricane :D I love this blog and I love this recipe. The photo is great :D

  3. RavieNomNoms says:

    I hear ya lady! It is crazy weather these days in the northeast. We are still without power at my house right now in CT from the hurricane. The earthquake is what shocked me most. Being from Kansas the tornadoes we had not too long ago didn’t really affect me too too much :-P

    Your cookies are one of my favorites! Reminds me of being a kid again. Thanks for posting them, they look absolutely yummy!

  4. betchacanteatjustone says:

    I just bought the saved by the bell seasons on DVD lol waiting for some stormy weather on the west coast to watch them! Glad you have some clear skies ahead!

    Love cookies with candy in them :) Especially chocolate covered candy :)

  5. Veronica says:

    We all know where to hide out when bad weather strikes–Dana’s kitchen! Wow, these look amazing! And being a KS girl myself, you can consider my advice on tornados well-learned: go to the basement in a room with no windows, or into the bathtub. Bring pillows to cover your head just in case.

  6. Liz says:

    I think everyone in the NE needs these rainbow cookies after Irene! And even us Midwesteners would like a few! YUM~

  7. Haha, loved your description of knowing how to live in NY but not knowing how to deal with earthquakes and hurricanes! Happy to hear you made it through both safely, hopefully with these cookies in hand! Great recipe, thanks for sharing.

  8. Peggy says:

    Oh boy – these look awesome! Hope all is well in NY – and things start turning back to normal =)

  9. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    I love M&M cookies. They are always so happy looking :)

  10. Betty says:

    I know what you mean…an earthquake and a hurricane all in one week were a bit much! These cookies would be a welcome treat after all of this unwanted excitement. :)

  11. Monet says:

    You guys have had some crazy weather, for sure! I’m glad you are okay…and still able to make cookies! Thank you for making me smile before I head off to work. I hope you are having a beautiful Wednesday morning. As always, it was a pleasure to visit!

  12. Yay for Gaia and climate changes. Well if I had to pic a food to snack on while hiding in the door frame of a basement….I would choose those great happy cookies.

  13. Thanks for the tips on how to handle NY lol (especially the puddle – gross!) M&M’s just make cookies more fun. Looks like the perfect after the storm cookie.

  14. Victoria says:

    I’m with you on the totally weird weather/natural disasters we’ve been having. So NOT ny. These cookies are classic! Hope you’re doing well. Let’s meet up again soon!! This time we’ll go into the city ;-)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: