peanut butter m&m cookies

Valentine Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Milk chocolate M&Ms add a sweet crunch to these melt in your mouth peanut butter cookies. Cupid adds a festive touch with coordinating Valentine jimmies and sprinkles.

This recipe for Peanut Butter M&M Cookies is easily one of my favorite peanut butter cookie recipes. The cookies are pillowy soft and studded with the perfectly sweet crunch of milk chocolate M&Ms. They’re topped with festive sprinkles because you can never go wrong by adding sprinkles. These cookies can easily be customized to suit any holiday or themed event, but I just adore the bright colors of the Valentine M&M mix.

Valentine Peanut Butter M&M Cookies

Yields: approximately 3 dozen cookies
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups M&Ms
  • Assorted sprinkles for decorating
  1. In an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy. Add peanut butter, egg and vanilla extract and beat until fully combined.
  2. Gradually add flour, baking soda and salt while mixing until dough forms.
  3. Fold in M&Ms by hand and chill dough for 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mat.
  5. Drop dough balls by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets approximately two inches apart.
  6. Gently press down on the dough to create a flat surface. Decorate with two to three additional M&Ms and sprinkles of choice.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until edges are lightly browned. Cookies may appear slightly underdone, but will set up when cooled.
  8. Allow to cool completely before transfering to an airtight container to store for up to one week.

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This post was originally published in 2013. The photos got a makeover, but the recipe remains tried and true as one of our favorite peanut butter cookies.