M&M Christmas Cookies


Bake up the ultimate cookie for the holiday season! Enjoy festive melt in your mouth low sodium Christmas cookies featuring red and green M&M’s. These festive low salt cookies bake up nice and chewy and feature a soft center surrounded by crispy edges.

These cookies not only taste delicious but look like Christmas without having to do any additional decorating. They say “Merry Christmas” right out of the oven. Make these part of your platter of low sodium low sodium Christmas cookies. Even Santa might want some on his plate this Christmas Eve!


Baby, it’s cold outside…and inside your refrigerator! So take advantage of that and chill your dough.

I have made this recipe by chilling the dough in the refrigerator and it really DOES make a difference. The dough is so much easier to handle and you’ll find your cookies spread less.

That’s right, cookie dough that has been chilled will spread less than unchilled dough. The science behind this is that refrigeration solidifies the fat in the cookie. Chilled butter takes longer to melt and the longer that butter stays solid, the less your cookies will spread.


Customize this recipe by changing up the mix-ins. I personally like to use the red and green Peanut M&M’s. The recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips but you could use milk chocolate if you prefer. It is also great if you add some white chocolate chips into the mix. Or perhaps you would like some chopped walnuts in these cookies. Go for it! There are no rules when it comes to Christmas cookies so use whatever you desire.

Low Sodium Christmas M&M Cookies

Low Sodium Christmas M&M Cookies

Yield: 48 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Follow this low sodium recipe to savor the joy of a Christmas Classic: a holiday M&M cookie.


  • 1 cup of unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoons of sodium-free baking soda
  • 1 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup of cornflakes
  • 3 cups of red and green M&M's
  • 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips (more if desired)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugars together for 3 minutes using either a stand mixer or hand mixer inside a large-sized bowl. Much of the lift in these cookies is going to come from the air whipped into the mixture so be sure to mix for the full three minutes.
  3. Once butter and sugar are light and creamy, add the oil, egg, and vanilla and beat until combined. Don't forget to stop halfway and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine flour and sodium-free baking soda. Whisk together to combine and remove any lumps.
  5. Add dry ingredients into the butter mixture and beat until just combined.
  6. Using a rubber spatula, fold in oatmeal, cornflakes, and holiday M&M's.
  7. Scoop dough onto a cookie sheet lined with either parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Leave 2 inches of space around each scoop of dough.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are light brown. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
  9. Store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.


  • You can definitely add both white chocolate AND milk chocolate chips to these cookies if you prefer. And I often prefer to do so!
  • These cookies freeze well and taste delicious right out of the freezer!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 48 cookies Serving Size 1 cookie Amount Per Serving Calories 205Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 16mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 14gProtein 2g

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