The delicious original m&m cookie recipe from the 60s

Classic mms cookie recipe from the 1960s

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Original m&m cookie recipe (1963)

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How to make old-fashioned original m&m cookie recipe
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Classic mms cookie recipe from the 1960s

The original m&m cookie recipe

Yield: 6 dozen 2-1/2 inch cookies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups plain m&ms chocolate candies


  1. Cream sugars, shortening, eggs, and vanilla thoroughly.
  2. Spoon flour (not sifted) into a dry measuring cup. Level off and pour measured flour onto waxed paper.
  3. Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
  4. Add blended dry ingredients gradually to creamed mixture. Mix well.
  5. Stir in 1/2 cup m&ms Plain Chocolate Candies. Reserve remaining candies for decorating.
  6. Drop by teaspoon (or shape dough into 1-inch balls) on ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
  8. After baking, remove cookies with a spatula to wire racks; cool completely.


After baking, some candies may be slightly cracked. This adds texture and interest to cookies -- still the same delightful flavor.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 72 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 93Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 1g

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