M&M Thumbprint Cookies

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Do you have a favorite holiday treat? I always looked forward to my Mom making M&M thumbprint cookies when I was growing up. Whenever we were decorating our Christmas tree these cookies & hot chocolate were a must have. I only eat these cookies during this time of year so they are very special to me. Now that I don’t live at home I make them on my own. They don’t taste quite as good when I make them compared to my Mom but they are still great!

thumbprint cookies

Whether you are going to a cookie swap or a holiday party the M&M thumbprint cookies are a good choice. They are also a great size to stick in a small container to give to a neighbor, teacher, co worker and/or friend. Santa Claus might enjoy these cookies with a glass of milk on Christmas Eve.

1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar – Firmly Pack It Into the Measuring Cup
2 Egg Yolk
2 Cups Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Can Vanilla Creamy Frosting – I love to get the Betty Crocker Frosting
1 Bag M&M’s – I like to get the red and green Christmas M&M’s

Blend butter and brown sugar in a bowl
Stir in egg yolk and vanilla
Sift flour and add salt into the bowl
Mix well
Chill for one hour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Roll into balls on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Bake for 5 minutes
Press your thumb into the center of the cookies
Bake for 5 more minutes
Let them cool before adding the frosting & M&M’s

I love to enjoy these Christmas cookies while watching a movie like White Christmas or Love Actually. If you would like a list of highly recommended Christmas movies you can click here.

What treat do you always look forward to during this time of year?

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30 thoughts on “M&M Thumbprint Cookies

  • My Teen Guide

    This would be perfect this coming Christmas and kids will surely love it! I’m going to try this one. Bookmarked!

  • Rachel

    I’m TERRIBLE at baking and I have to take cookies to a cookie exchange party next week but your recipe is right up my ally! I THINK i can pull of something this simple and fun!

  • CourtneyLynne

    Omg these cookies look so yummy!!! My daughter and I have been baking nonstop lately!!! Might just have to make these!

  • Rosey

    Thumprint cookies are def. a fave. I love that you added the M&M twist.

  • Tiffani

    I love thumbprint cookies! I have a recipe with lots of peanut butter and caramel that I always make for the holidays, and it is one of my favorites!

  • Marielle Altenor

    They look delicious. We don’t have family recipes but I’m thinking now is a good time to start. I would love for one day my kid to call me and ask me about our family’s “cookie recipe.”

  • Sami

    Oooo I love thumbprint cookies! I normally have the ones with jam in the middle, but I’ll definitely have to try it with m&ms!


  • Stephanie Ziajka

    Such a good idea! These look yummy– and they look easy enough for anyone (including me) to make! Thanks for sharing!