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Pretzel M&M Cookies

Recipe By Tessa Arias
September 16th, 2011

Pretzel M&M Cookies are full of butterscotch, sweet, and salty flavors. The chewy cookie contrasts the crunchy M&Ms perfectly!

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Tessa's Recipe Rundown...

Taste: Butterscotch, sweet, salty, with a hint of chocolate.
Texture: The cookie is chewy yet tender while the crunchy bursts of M&M make it simply amazing.
Ease: Super easy. The dough can be frozen once formed into balls which makes for a super fast sweet treat.
Appearance: The cookies are studded with bright bursts of big, round M&Ms. Just like the cookies from the school cafeteria.
Pros: Deeeeeeelish.
Cons: None.
Would I make this again? Yes.

Pretzel M&M Cookies are full of butterscotch, sweet, and salty flavors. The chewy cookie contrasts the crunchy M&Ms perfectly!

Pretzel M&M Cookies

Pretzel M&M Cookies

From elementary school to high school cookies were sold at the cafeteria for $.25 a piece. They had chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, and M&M. They might have had other varieties but I didn’t care about those (what 9-year-old likes oatmeal raisin?). I just remember looking forward to that cookie all morning long.

I usually don’t incorporate many pre-made, packaged products into my recipes. I prefer fresh and homemade, despite the fact that the most popular recipe on my blog uses packaged oreo cookies (go figure). However I must say that I adore pretzel M&Ms. Most candies and chocolates at the store are too sweet for my taste. Or they just taste so far from anything remotely normal and natural (aka sour worms) that it just doesn’t appeal to me. But when it comes to salty-sweet, I can’t resist.

How to make
Pretzel M&M Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Pretzel M&M Cookies are full of butterscotch, sweet, and salty flavors. The chewy cookie contrasts the crunchy M&Ms perfectly!


  • 1 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups Pretzel M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a hand-held electric mixer, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until fluffy and smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water then add to batter along with salt. Mix in flour until incorporated. Fold in M&Ms with a rubber spatula.
  3. Using a spring-loaded ice-cream scoop or a spoon, drop even and large spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned

Recipe Notes

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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    Ali — September 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Oooohh…I love pretzel M&Ms. I cannot wait to try this recipe

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    Stacy @ Stacy Eats — September 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Pretzel M&Ms are my favorite candy and go to dessert. I always have a bag at home! Can't wait to make these cookies!

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    Bianca — September 16, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Those look so fun and delicious!

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    Lauren @ KeepItSweet — September 16, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    I actually love pretzel M&Ms so much that I really can't keep them around. These cookies probably wouldn't last, either!

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    kathy — September 16, 2011 at 11:33 pm
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    My Fudo — September 17, 2011 at 3:33 am

    Wonderful creativity. My kids will never rest eating this delectable cookies.

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    Happy Hippie — November 2, 2011 at 5:27 am

    These looks delicious!! You should sign up for the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! I have the link to it listed in my post from today! These would be perfect! 🙂

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    Hannah — June 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    YUM! Cant wait 2 make them was planning 2 sell them dont know how much 2 sell them 4 might even eat some

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    pixie — August 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    ok so these tasted very good. it was a huge hit with everyone. the only con for me was after i baked them, the first couple of batches came out kind of thin and mudgy. imnot sure why. possibly mixing the batter too much?

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