These monster-sized gluten free M&M cookies are so big, one big m and m cookie will fill you up! I include a dairy-free version of these cookies too, so if you love M&Ms these gluten free cookies are for you.
One bite is all it takes to get hooked on these giant cookies. If you have vanilla ice cream, make ice cream sandwiches!! They are the perfect summer treat!
Every treat tastes better when it is super-sized. Big portions are all the rage in our house right now. Why eat two little cookies when you can have one gigantic cookie?
Bonus, you won't have to worry about the sugar as much. These cookies are full of high-protein almond flour to balance out the sugar :-). If you are nut-free, I include directions to make these cookies nut-free in the recipe FAQ below.
For another yummy cookie with almond flour to add protein try my Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Why These Cookies Are Great:
- Plain M&Ms are gluten free! They are fun to swap for regular chocolate chips.
- Moms, you will love these cookies also include almond flour so there is a little protein to balance out the sugars!!
- These also are perfect for a cookie exchange party, or any fun occasion. Here are even more delicious gluten free cookie recipes to try!
- They hold their shape well and freeze perfectly.
- Gluten Free Flour Blend - I tested this recipe using Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur's Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours and I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use other mixes.
- Xanthan Gum - If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- Baking Powder - I always recommend using aluminum-free baking powder. Regular baking powder has a slightly bitter taste.
- Almond flour - I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your cookies way more grainy. There are several good brands on Amazon. To make these cookies nut-free, see the recipe FAQ below for directions.
- Butter - Use unsalted room temperature butter. To make these cookies recipe dairy-free, use dairy-free vegan butter and a dairy-free M&M substitute like Choco No-Nos brand.
- Eggs - Use size large.
- Vanilla Extract - In this recipe, you can use pure vanilla extract or imitation. Be sure if you use imitation that you check to see if your vanilla extract gluten free.
Recipe Step By Step Directions:
Are you ready to learn how to make gluten free M&M cookies? The first step is to preheat your oven to 350º F and be sure your oven rack is set in the middle of the oven.
Step 1: Add your dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend. Using a wire whisk is a good way to really ensure your dry ingredients are well mixed.
To prevent using too much gluten free flour, it is important to measure your gluten free flour accurately. I use one of these two methods to measure my gluten free flour:
Spoon Method: You can also use a spoon to fill the measuring cup. Use a knife to level along the top to remove the extra flour.
Leveling Method: Put the measuring scoop into the flour and fill. Do not pack the flour. Use a knife to scrape along the top to remove the extra flour.
Step 2: In a small bowl, add your wet ingredients and mix. You can use melted butter, but be sure it is not too hot or you may end up cooking your eggs.
You can use a standing mixer with a paddle attachment if you prefer for this easy cookie recipe.
Step 3: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a large spoon to mix them into cookie dough.
Step 4: Pour in the M&Ms, and any mix-ins you like into the cookie dough. For best results, mix the M&Ms in well so every cookie is loaded with this colorful candy.
M&Ms come in so many great colors, especially around the holidays so have fun! These gluten free m and m cookie bars use pastel-colored M&Ms.
Step 5: Prepare your cookie pan with either a non-stick spray or a sheet of parchment paper. These will prevent your cookies from sticking to the pan. Use a medium-sized cookie scoop to drop your cookie balls onto the cookie sheet. Use any size cookie scoop that you want. To make your cookies extra-large, use an ice cream scoop.
Step 6: Bake your cookies for 10-12 minutes until done. (Time depends on how large your cookies are.)
Step 7: Remove the cookies from the hot oven carefully. Place them onto a wire rack to cool. Many people love to eat cookies hot out of the oven. If you do, remember to use a little caution because melted M&Ms get pretty hot.
If you don't want to use M&Ms, there are so many other things you can add to this gluten free m and m cookie recipe! Customizing your cookies means you get perfect cookies your way every time! Here are some ideas for mix-ins that my family loves:
- Heath Bar Candy Bits for caramel goodness!
- Walnuts, pecans, or other nuts
- Chocolate chips (or white chocolate chips)
- Dried fruits like cranberries or tart cherries.
Cookie Baking Tips:
- Use room temperature butter and eggs. I know that it sounds crazy to use butter and eggs at room temperature, but it dramatically helps how your cookies will turn out. You'll thank yourself later if you try it.
- Take special care to measure correctly. If you add in too much gluten free flour or other ingredients, it can mess with the cookies as they bake. If they don't' have the proper ratios of ingredients, you may end up with a disaster.
- Chill the dough when possible. I know you are probably ready to eat your cookies right now, but taking a few minutes to chill the batter makes them less likely to spread.
- Don't let the cookies sit on the pan too long. After they have baked, only let them sit up to 5 minutes on the baking sheet. The pan will still be hot and continue baking them otherwise.
Making really big cookies is easy if you have a big cookie scoop. You can use a big ice cream scoop as well so your cookies are all uniformly sized.
Yes, you can freeze these gluten free M&M cookies. To freeze them, make sure they are fully cooled and put them into a ziplock freezer bag. These cookies will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer if they last that long with your family :-).
You can easily make this recipe into cookie bars by baking in an 8x8 baking pan.
These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
Yes! You can easily make these M&M cookies nut-free. Omit the almond flour and add an extra ½ cup gluten free flour blend.
More Gluten Free Cookie Recipes:
Gluten Free Monster M&M Cookies
- Preheat the oven to 350º F. Set the oven rack to the middle setting
- In a large bowl, add dry ingredients and use a wire whisk to blend.
- In a small bowl, add your wet ingredients and whisk to blend them together.
- Combine the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well. Add in your M&Ms and other mix-ins and mix.
- Note, you can use a standing mixer with a paddle attachment to mix your cookie dough, but hand mix the M&Ms into the dough so they don't get broken up.
- For large cookies, use an ice cream scoop to drop large round dough balls onto a greased cookie sheet. Otherwise, use a medium size cookie scoop.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until done. The actual baking time will vary depending on the size of cookies you are making.
- Use a spatula to remove cookies from baking sheet onto a wire cooling rack.
- I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF and Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
- If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- I highly suggest using almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal is more coarse and will make your cookies grainy.
- To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter. Also, be sure to use a dairy-free M&M copycat like Choco No-Nos brand.
- Feel free to use any mix-in like chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or raisins.
- These cookies will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 3 months in the freezer.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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(*This recipe was updated from an older 4/2016 post.)