Merry & Bright Christmas Cookies

How much more festive can a Christmas cookie get than to speckle it with red, green, and white? That’s what I thought, too, when I found this recipe. I changed it around a bit (just say no to shortening!) and created my own colorful holiday treat.

The cookie base of these is full of brown sugar, which just about always wins over granulated sugar in my book. It’s a nice, thick dough that holds up well to all the nuts and candies. The original recipe suggests making large cookies, but I chose to make smaller, just large than bite-sized cookies. Doing that yielded more than 4 dozen cookies.

Merry and Bright Christmas Cookies | Bake or Break

For the red, green, and white, I used Cadbury’s solid milk chocolates with candy shells. These taste a lot like M&Ms, only sweeter. They’re also a bit larger than plain M&Ms. For those of you with access to stores where you can mix and match colors of M&Ms, these would be great cookies year-round just by changing the colors. Whether you make these cookies for this holiday season or any other time of year, they will surely be a hit.

Merry & Bright Christmas Cookies

Yield: about 12 large or 48 small cookies

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:10 minutes


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup candy-coated milk chocolate bits* or M&Ms in red, green, and white
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Beat butter until smooth. Add brown sugar, baking soda, and salt, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and mix well. Gradually add flour to butter mixture and beat at low speed until combined. Stir in chocolate pieces and pecans.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls (or teaspoonfuls), about 2 inches apart, onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden.
  4. Cool cookies on baking sheet for about a minute, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


*The brand I found was Cadbury’s, which taste like very sweet M&Ms.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens.

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