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The only thing better than a classic chocolate chip cookie?

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies | @hbharvest

A Christmas version…with holiday M&Ms and a recipe from Sally’s Baking Addition! I am so exited about today’s Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe because well, chocolate chip cookies are the BEST! Plus, this recipe comes from the cookie queen herself, Sally of Sally’s Baking Addiction.

First off, can I just say that these cookies are possibly the best I’ve ever baked. I mean, they’re soft, doughy, chewy and really just cookie perfection with some festive holiday M&M’s in them. If there was every a cookie to bake this holiday season, it should probably be these! Oh, and did I mention just how easy they are? Because they’re simple as can be, and quite possibly the best part…you can keep the dough in the fridge for unexpected holiday guests. Then just grab the dough from the fridge, roll it up into balls, sneak a bite or two, bake…and you’ll have the best Christmas Chocolate Chip cookies in less than twenty minutes! Yes, please!

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies | @hbharvest

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies | @hbharvest

If by some crazy chance you guys are unfamiliar with Sally’s blog, I highly recommend you check her out immediately. In fact, seeing as it’s baking season, it couldn’t be more perfect timing. Sally has some of the best baked goods on the web.

I’m sharing this cookie recipe from her cookbook Sally’s Baking Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes & Desserts For Your Sweet-Tooth Fix because she has just re-released the book with eight brand new cookie recipes…and well, I kind of think you need this baking book in your kitchen at all times. Aside from the eight new cookie recipes, Sally’s cookbook is filled to the brim with chocolate cakes, brownies, muffins, granola, pies, and basically every baked good you would ever want in your kitchen. This cookbook is the perfect book (or maybe Christmas gift) for anyone who loves to bake. And what’s really awesome is that the recipes are all easy and approachable, making them perfect for everyone from beginning bakers to advanced!

Plus, there’s a whole chapter on cookies. Yes, one entire chapter on just COOKIES…thank you Sally! 🙂 She is currently working on her 3rd cookbook and well, it’s all about cookies!

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies | @hbharvest

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies | @hbharvest

OkOK, but let’s get into the details about these Christmas chocolate chip cookies. I want to point out that if you own Sally’s book these cookies are actually called Rainbow Chocolate Chip Cookies, but seeing as it’s Christmastime I just had to use the holiday M&M’s. They are one of my favorite Christmas candies, I just love their red and green colors. I leave a bowl on the counter in the kitchen all December long (ok and the mini holiday Reese’s too) for people to snack on. Hey, it’s Christmastime, sweets are simply a must!

Anyway, when I saw these cookies, I knew I had to make them. Sally’s secret ingredient is cornstarch, which sounds kinds of odd, but it makes the most perfectly soft, chewy and doughy cookie. I’m all about soft, doughy, non cakey cookies, so these are right up my alley. Sally uses melted butter and egg yolks, which also help these cookies to achieve their awesome texture.

These are great all around simple and delicious cookies. They’re perfect for gifting, last-minute guests or simply making and sharing with the family! I made two batches because I knew I had to share some with my brothers, especially my youngest brother Red who could probably live off of cookies, sweets and bread. He said they were amazing and then proceeded to eat four. Luckily he’s 16, weighs about 100 pounds, is growing like crazy and snowboards all day, so I don’t think he has to worry about any of those extra calories…for the rest of us? Ahh well, it’s Christmastime, anything goes, right.


Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies | @hbharvest

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 50 minutes
Servings: 16 cookies
Calories Per Serving: 338 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • Whisk the flour, baking soda, cornstarch, and salt together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar together until no sugar lumps remain. Whisk in the egg, then the egg egg yolk, followed by the vanilla. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix together with a large spoon or rubber spatula. Fold in the chocolate chips and M&Ms. Cover the dough and chill for at least 2 hours (or up to 3 days).
  • Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to soften slightly at room temperature for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  • Roll the dough into balls, about 3 tablespoons of dough per cookie. If the dough is crumbly, the warmth of your hands will help it come together in a ball. Roll the cookie dough balls to be taller rather than wide. Place 8 balls of dough 3 inches apart onto each cookie sheet.
  • Bake each batch for 11-12 minutes. The cookies will look very soft and underbaked. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the cookie sheet for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. The cookies will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 10 days.
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  1. Ugh… i tried these over the weekend and they did not bake up nice and puffy like your pictures :(. I think I just have a cookie curse.

    1. HI! Try omitting the cornstarch. Some people have found that to be the issue. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have other questions. Hope you love this recipe! Happy Holiday’s ? 🙂

  2. Hey! I live in the UK, where corn starch is not available. Could I use corn flour as a substitute? Really dying to make these so hopefully I can….? Thanks!

    1. Hi!I would just use regular all-purpose flour. I think that will be great! Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love this recipe!

  3. Made these again & success this time! I allowed the butter to cool completely and refrigerated for 24 hours.
    Thank you for the recipe!

    1. Thanks for the suggestion – I’ll have to try letting the butter cool completely. I made the dough for these yesterday and refrigerated them overnight, but they baked flat this morning. The bottoms cooked well, but the tops were still doughlike after 11-12 minutes. I’ll have to try again tonight! 🙂

  4. Just made these and seriously, these are the best cookies I’ve ever made. Soooo good! By the way, I’m a huge fan from Germany:) you’re even famous across the pond 😉

    1. Hi Katherine, I am so sorry for the trouble. it is really hard to say what is going wrong, without knowing how you are making them. can you give me a little more info. Are you refrigerating the dough?

      1. I refrigerated for several hours, but think that I’ll try again tomorrow and leave the dough in the refrigerator overnight. Also, I wonder if maybe I didn’t allow the butter to cool completely. Think that could limit the soft, chewy rise?!

  5. I just made these and they are THE.BEST.COOKIE.EVER. Soft and chewy and fluffy and perfect!!!! My new go to cookie recipe. Actually I never had a go to recipe in the first place but now I do, lol yay! Thanks!!

  6. NAILED IT! Your cookies are absolutely perfect. And can I be like Red? I’m terrible at snowboarding but want to live off of cookies and bread too.

    1. Hey Lisa, I am at over 9,00 feet and had zero issues with these cookies. Just be sure you do not over bake them and if anything always underbake. Let me know if you have questions. Hope you love the cookies!

  7. These cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction changed. my. life. Seriously. I am SUCH a sucker for soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies and tried out a million recipes before finding this one a couple years ago. And I’ve never used another recipe since! Love the Christmas twist 🙂