I recently learned that it isn’t just me that loves miniature things. Many of our readers have actually expressed their love of tiny things and mini desserts.
Everything is just so much cuter when it’s miniature, amirite?
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So I decided to help enable our obsessions with miniature things. These mini m&m cookies are going to be the first recipe of our new monthly series called “Tiny Tuesdays”. The first Tuesday of every month, Handheld Eats will publish an edible teeny tiny version of our favorite desserts!
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Tips to make these Mini M&M Cookies perfect
Keep a close eye on them while they bake. Being miniature and what not, you don’t need to bake them as long and it’s just not as fun when they’re burned.
For picture perfect cookies, press a couple more mini m&m’s into the tops of the cookies as soon as they come out of the oven.
I highly, HIGHLY recommend using a good quality aluminum baking sheet for these. Lighter colored pans result in a more even color on cookies.
And again, since these are miniature treats, you don’t want them too brown.
The cornstarch helps improve softness to the cookie while also providing structure. The smaller the cookie the more likely it is to become harder as it cools.
This ingredient help prevent that and help keep the cookies soft for days (not that they’ll last that long, but still).
Please for the love of all that is good in the world, measure your flour correctly! Mini m&m cookies are small. There is less room for error.
Too much flour will result in lumpy hard mounds of cookie bites. Not what we’re going for.
If you just scoop flour from the bag all willy nilly, there is a possiblity that you are getting up to 150% of the flour you need, cause, ya know, flour likes to compact.
I always recommend using a digital kitchen scale to measure flour to make sure that you have the correct amount. This recipe requires 167g of flour.
Bake these Mini M&M Cookies for…
A fun addition to a dessert table
For colorful goodie bags at your kid’s birthday party
A fun snack for tea parties (for children or adults)
Easy gifts for anyone and everyone you love.
Shipping across country (see below)
To Ship Mini M&M Cookies
Baked goods are my favorite thing to gift. Because for one thing, you can’t go wrong with a delicious, edible gift.
This is the exact method I use to ship a variety of cookies. But these cookies specifically are AH-MAZING to ship. Because they’re miniature, you can pack way more of them in a regular box than other cookies. This of course, makes the package way more exciting to open.
They are soft and chewy cookies and if packaged correctly, they’re still absolutely perfect by the time they reach your recipient.
Recyclable Cookie boxes
These boxes are simple, compostable, and recyclable. Plus, they work great!
Compostable Plastic Bags
Wrap your completely cooled cookies in these compostable (Yay!) gallon storage baggies to keep the cookies fresh and continually soft.
A Sheet of tissue paper
Get some nice, aesthetically pleasing tissue paper to wrap your cookie filled plastic storage baggies. It’ll be so beautiful to open it!
(To stay eco-friendly, stay away from metallic or plastic coatings on the tissue paper, that way the recipient can compost it if they’d like).
USPS Priority Flat Rate Shipping box
The post office goes to your house every day whether or not you ship a package. No extra driving or car emissions from a third party delivery service.
Squish Newspaper around your cookie box to prevent any broken cookies.
Other Related Recipes for Shipping:
Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
Cranberry White Chocolate Cookies
Sugar Plum Fairy Cookies
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Feel Free to Experiment
One of my favorite things about baking is that it’s essentially edible art. Which means, you create art and then don’t have to worry about where the hell you’re going to store it.
You get to be creative and experiment.
If you’re not feeling the whole M&M thing, try some other bits.
- Candy Bits (like Heath Bars, toffee, Milky Ways, etc)
- Other baking chips (like butterscotch chips)
- Or roll your dough balls in some granulated sugar for some classic mini sugar cookies.
Special Materials I used in this video:
- Oversized Wilton Baking sheet: it’s light in color and huge which means I could bake more cookies at once.
- 2 Baking Mats (again that cookie sheet was huge)
- Ingredient Prep Bowls: It’s such an awesome and useful set.
Mini M&M Cookies
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1½ cup flour
- ½ cup Mini M&Ms
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- Cream together your butter and sugars until fluffy and smooth. Add in your vanilla and egg and continue to beat until just combined.
- In a small bowl, whisk together your dry ingredients (baking soda, salt, flour) then slowly add them to your wet ingredients.
- Mix together until everything is just combined. Don't overmix! Your dough should be smooth and soft. Fold in your m&m's.
- Chill your dough for about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 325°F and line 2 cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. Scoop teaspoon sized balls of dough onto your baking mats placing them about a half inch apart.
- Bake for 6-7 minutes. Watch these cookies carefully so you don't burn them! They may look slightly underbaked after 7 minutes. This is okay! Residual heat will continue to bake them slightly after they come out of the oven. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for a couple minutes before transferring them to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.
Mini M&M cookies are as delicious as they are adorable! Like how could you go wrong? You can’t.
The only bad thing about these sweet, soft, and chewy cookies is how quickly they disappear. If you are planning to share these with friends or family I may recommend hiding a few cookies for yourself.
I know, I know, diabolical. But you deserve to enjoy some of your hard work too.
Once you bake these mini m&m cookies, make sure you come back and let us know how much you loved them!
And while you’re here, why not check out some of our other cookie recipes to keep that sweet tooth satisfied!
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Why is corn starch needed?
Cornstarch isn’t necessary to a successful cookie but! Cornstarch softens the gluten proteins in the flour keeping your cookies soft and chewy for much much longer. and since these are so small, its a good idea no to skip it
They look delicious! Is it possible to just use the mini M&Ms, not the chocolate chips?