Mountain Christmas Cookies

These Mountain Christmas Cookies are pretty much just like chocolate chip cookies, but with m&m’s. We made these when we were up in the snowy mountains of Colorado and they were eaten up quickly.

Mountain Christmas Cookies recipe

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Mountain Christmas Cookies


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Christmas-colored M&M's
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, baking soda and ¼ teaspoon of salt; beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  2. Add flour, beating at low speed just until combined. Stir in M&M's and nuts (if desired).
  3. Drop dough from rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden. Cool cookies for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Using a wide spatula, transfer cookies to wire racks; cool.
  • To store, place in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

3 Responses to “Mountain Christmas Cookies”

  1. postedDec 13, 2012 3:02 PM

    can you substitute more margarine for the shortening? they look so good.

    • postedDec 13, 2012 9:24 PM

      I’ve not tried it that way, so I can’t recommend.

  2. postedDec 15, 2012 11:45 AM

    thanks for your advice. still going to try recipe. yummy

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