Christmas cookies recipe

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These festive Christmas cookies are filled with red and green M&Ms and are perfect to hang on the tree, for a party or to give as homemade gifts

  • healthy
Preparation Time10 mins
Cooking Time12 mins
Total Time22 mins
Cost RangeCheap
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories244 Kcal12%
Sugar21.7 g24%
Fat12.2 g17%
Saturated Fat7.6 g38%
Protein2.2 g4%
Carbohydrates31.1 g12%

Christmas cookies are a really speedy and easy bake that are fun to make with kids too.

Festive, fetching and full of flavour, our Christmas cookies recipe uses some seasonal coloured red and green M&Ms to help create a tasty chocolate treat. They take just 25 minutes to make and bake. And most of the ingredients are store cupboard essentials like flour, sugar, golden syrup and vanilla extract. This is also a tried and tested, kid-friendly bake. Why not let them get creative on the cookies with some icing pens and letting them draw on festive stars? This will make them perfect to hang on the tree or give to grandparents as a homemade food gift.


  • 125g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2tbsp golden syrup
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 160g self-raising flour
  • 100g red M&Ms
  • 100g green M&Ms




  1. To make this cookie recipe, preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Beat the golden syrup into the butter and sugar along with the vanilla extract. Sift in the flour and salt until just combined.
  3. Crush the M&Ms lightly with the bottom of a mug or end of a rolling pin. Stir the broken up M&Ms into the cookie dough mixture with a large metal spoon, until just combined.
  4. Bring together the cookie dough in a ball and place on a floured work surface. Roll the cookie dough out to approximately 1cm thick and cut the cookies into circles using a medium-sized cookie cutter. If you plan to hang your cookies from the tree, make a small hole 1cm from the top of the cookie using your index finger.
  5. Place the cookies onto the lined baking tray, allowing plenty of room for them to spread while baking.
  6. Bake for 12 mins or until just golden brown.
  7. Allow chocolate chip cookies to cool on the tray for few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
  8. Once completely cool, you can thread a ribbon through the hole in each cookie and tie them to your tree.

Top tips for making Christmas cookies:

You could always swap your M&Ms for red and green smarties if they're more to your liking.

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Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodTo and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodTo, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create how-to videos exclusively for GoodtoEat - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies