M&M Pretzel Cookies are sweet, salty, and a little bit addicting! The browned butter gives these cookies a butterscotch undertone that makes them irresistible!

This recipe makes sixteen cookies and costs about $4.68 to make. That’s just $0.29 per cookie.

Browning butter in your recipes makes your desserts worth the extra effort! It boosts the flavor and gives it a taste that cannot be beaten. For more recipes using this technique, I recommend my Perfect Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies and my Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Browned Butter Cinnamon Icing

An overhead picture of the finished M&M Pretzel Cookies on a small cooling rack.

M&M Pretzel Cookies

These cookies are the perfect flavor pairing when you do not know if you are in the mood for something sweet like M&M’s or salty like pretzels. You get the best of both worlds in one deliciously soft and chewy cookie with a slight crunch to it.

I took a yummy browned-butter cookie base and added the most colorful chocolate candies out there, M&M’s. I wanted something salty to offset the sweet, so in went salted pretzels, too. Don’t you love the salty and sweet combination? 

These pretzel m&m cookies will satisfy all your cravings in one bite! Of course, pretzel cookies alone would be weird. But add in some M&Ms, and bam! We have some off-the-charts yummy cookies, folks! 

These pretzel cookies are perfect for parties, bake sales, and potlucks. You look at these M&M Pretzel Cookies, and they make you smile.

They’re so colorful and cheerful. You can easily make them for any holiday by changing the color of M&Ms.

Pretzel Cookies with M&Ms and one of them is broken in half to show what the interior looks like.

Ingredients and Cost

Per Serving Cost: $0.29

Recipe Cost: $4.68

  • 1 ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour – $0.34
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda – $0.01
  • 14 Tablespoons unsalted butter – $1.40
  • ½ cup granulated sugar – $0.12
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar – $0.48
  • 1 teaspoon table salt – $0.01
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract – $0.62
  • 1 large egg – $0.10
  • 1 large egg yolk – $0.05
  • 1 ¼ cups plain M&M’s – $0.98
  • 1 cup pretzels – $0.57

NOTE: The recipe prices are calculated by using grocery store websites. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on what ingredients you already have.

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How To Make M&M Pretzel Cookies

  1. First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Also, line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and baking soda together. Set this bowl aside. 
  3. Next, brown the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. 
  4. Transfer the butter to a heatproof bowl after browning it and add in the remaining butter and stir until it is melted. 
  5. Add the sugars, salt, and vanilla to the butter and whisk. Then add the egg and yolk and whisk until no lumps remain. 
  6. Let the mixture sit for three minutes and then whisk for thirty seconds. Repeat this process two more times. The batter should be thick, smooth, and shiny. 
  7. Stir in the flour with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon and mix until no flour pockets remain 
  8. Then add the M&M’s and pretzels and mix until combined. 
  9. Scoop out 3-Tablespoon scoops, creating sixteen dough balls. 
  10. Finally, bake for ten to fourteen minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown. 
  11. Let the cookies cool before serving.

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***For complete instructions check out the recipe card below. 

Recipe Variations

  • You can make these M&M Pretzel Cookies for different holidays by changing the colors of the M&Ms.
  • This recipe works with light brown sugar, but the cookies won’t have as pronounced butterscotch undertones.

Storage Tips

STORE: The cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for about 3 days before they start to get stale. 

FREEZE: Place the M&M Pretzel Cookies in a freezer safe container or Ziploc bag and and freeze for 2-3 months.

DEFROST: Thaw at room temperature for 2-3 hours.


An overhead picture of the finished Pretzel M and M cookies on a white serving platter.

Cook’s Tools

  • Mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Rubber spatula or wooden spoon
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Baking sheets
  • Wire racks
  • 3 Tablespoon scoop
  • Skillet

Recipe FAQs

What does browning butter do for cookies?

Browning butter in your cookies takes your cookies to the next level! It boosts the flavor and gives it a taste that cannot be beaten. 

Do they still make pretzel M&Ms?

Yes, they do! You could head to Walmart and pick up a bag to add to this recipe. But it is probably more cost-effective to make the same concoction on your own with a bag of pretzels and a bag of M&Ms.

A stack of the finished M&M Pretzel Cookies and one with a bite taken out of one of them.
A close up overhead picture of the finished M&M Pretzel Cookies cooled and ready to be eaten.
5 from 11 votes

M&M Pretzel Cookies

Recipe Cost $ $4.68
Serving Cost $ $0.29
16 people
M&M Pretzel Cookies are sweet, salty, and a little bit addicting! The browned butter gives these cookies a butterscotch undertone that makes them irresistible!


  • mixing bowls
  • whisk
  • Rubber spatula or wooden spoon
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • baking sheets
  • wire racks
  • 3-Tablespoon scoop
  • skillet


  • 1 ¾ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 ¼ cup plain M&M’s
  • 1 cup pretzels broken into small pieces



  • Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large (18- by 12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper.


  • Whisk flour and baking soda together in a medium bowl.
  • Heat 10 tablespoons of the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has a nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove skillet from heat and, using a heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to a large heatproof bowl using a heatproof spatula. Stir the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into hot butter until completely melted.
  • Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated.
  • Add egg and yolk and whisk until the mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat the process of resting and whisking 2 more times until the mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny.
  • Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in M&M’s and pretzels, giving the dough a final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.


  • Divide the dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use #24 cookie scoop).
  • Roll the dough into balls and arrange the dough balls 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets, with 8 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but will require 3 batches.)


  • Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set, but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating the baking sheet halfway through baking.
  • Transfer the baking sheets to wire racks.
  • Cool cookies completely before serving.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 264mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 377IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. These look delicious, and I love how colorful they are! Thanks for sharing! #client

  2. OK, to be perfectly honest I have never got the deal with sweets mixed in with pretzels. But I would try this out. I love your recipes, nice clear pictures and easy to read instructions. Have a lovely day.

  3. Omg these cookies take me back to my childhood! So easy to make and so delicious too! 🙂

  4. Love this recipe! The combination of sweet and slightly salty can’t be beat. So good, thanks for sharing!

  5. Such a delicious recipe! My whole family LOVED these and I’ll definitely be making again!

  6. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    I am pretty sure my grandson would be doing a snoopy dance over these! I must make them asap!

  7. Made this for the family and it was a hit!

  8. Loved these sweet and salty cookies, they didn’t last long in our house!

  9. Loving the sweet and salty combo. These cookies are sooo good and were a huge hit!

  10. The salty sweet combo in these cookies is perfection! Great recipe!

  11. Totally irresistible! Impossible to stop with only one piece!! This is really amazing!