A pile of shortbread cookies with M&Ms on them.

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with M&Ms

Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies with M&Ms are buttery and so delicious! They can be made at any time of the year or customized for holidays.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 30 cookies
Calories 139kcal
Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Cost $6.10



  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 10 ounces mini chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M candies optional


  • In a medium bow sift or whisk together the flour and salt, set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, or using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugar together on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix until combined.
    Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix on low until the dough forms.
    Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and sugar.
  • Pour in the chocolate chips and mix until just combined.
    Add the mini chocolate chips and mix until evenly distributed.
  • Place the dough into the middle of a sheet of wax paper (the sheet should be about 20 inches long). Roll the dough to form a long, even cylinder that is about 2 inches in diameter. Roll the wax paper around it and twist the sides closed. It will be about 18 inches long. Chill in the refrigerator at least 1 hours (best if overnight).
    Place the dough on a piece ow waxed paper and roll it up into a long cylinder.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Use a sharp knife to slice the log into 1/4 inch slices. You should get about 30 cookies. Place the cookie dough slices on the prepared cookie sheet, spacing them apart about 3/4 of an inch (they don't spread very much).
    Cut the dough into disks and place them on a prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5 minutes, then remove the cookies from the oven. Quickly place the M&M candies on top, nestling them lightly into the cookies. Return the pan to the oven and bake an additional 5-7 minutes, or until the edges just start to brown.
  • Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
    Bake the cookies and then move them to a wire rack to cool.


Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 166IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg