Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle M&M Cookies

When the category “Back to School/Children’s favorite” was announced for the August edition of Fill the Cookie Jar, I asked my 6 year old what kind of cookie he wanted me to make. He immediately responded “Ninja Turtle!”. Then he decided that sounded silly and changed to chocolate chip.

Since his cousins are visiting this week, I asked them what they wanted.

  • what were you thinking of making?
  • anything but oatmeal raisin
  • no peanut butter
  • snickerdoodles
  • chocolate chip
  • yeah, chocolate chip
  • chocolate chip is good

Six “kids” ranging in age from 6 to 22 and I got somewhat of a consensus. Lucky me. Except plain old chocolate chip seemed a little boring to me. And several of my fellow bloggers talked about doing chocolate chip for the monthly Cookie Linky Party on Thursday.

What a minute? How about M&M Cookies. (M&M is not a sponsor of this post, but I wouldn’t object if they sent a few bags).

M&M Cookies

But you know my mind never stops: red, orange, blue, all I’d need is purple and I could do Ninja Turtle cookies. I casually mentioned my thought to Daddy/Uncle Matt and he was off to the party supply store to pick us up a bag of purple. Lucky me.

Everything was falling into place. I had a vision in my mind of what to do. This was going to be so easy. Kiss… of… death…

I used the Big Em Little Em recipe from Emeril Lagasse’s There is a Chef in My Soup and split the dough in half: half plain for the big kids and half Ninja Turtle green for J and the blog.

I just freestyled the heads, put the M&Ms and candy eyes on and baked.

unbaked Ninja Turtle cookies

Thankfully, I was smart enough to only do one set of four first.

baked Ninja Turtle cookies - FAIL

“Uh, those are too big,” announced my diplomatic little critic. At least he was kind enough not to notice the eyes melted (they should not be baked!). The recipe is meant to have lots of candies mixed in the dough, without it the dough just oozed. My husband suggested I just do the letters like on their belts.

So, I added more flour to the dough and rolled them into a ball and smashed them flat.

Smash the cookie balls flat

Then I stacked the M&Ms on edge very close together like this.

unbaked M&M cookies 2


Ninja Turtle Cookies- thatrecipe.com

I probably could have done the masks with this method by leaving a space to stick the eyes on after baking with some cookie frosting (which would also be used for the mouths). But, J was thrilled with the letters so I left it at that.

For the rest of the dough I used the big cookie scoop to make jumbo cookies. My nieces and nephews and their parents and grandparents seemed to enjoy them. And I think you will too.

M&M Cookies

Serves 24
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Dessert
From book Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup! Recipes for the Kid in Everyone
A basic chocolate chip cookie dough using M&Ms instead of chocolate chips.


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 cup peanut M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup plain M&Ms


If you only have one kind of candy, just double the amount.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a whisk (or sift all ingredients).
In a large bowl, cream butter and both sugars together on high until fluffy (a few minutes). Add vanilla and egg and mix on medium, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed to incorporate everything.
Add dry ingredients and combine on low speed until incorporated. Add M&Ms and mix with a wooden spoon.
Using a large cookie scoop or tablespoon drop heaping spoonfulls on a cookie sheet leaving 1 1/2 to 2 inches between the cookies. Press to flatten each cookie slightly.
Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes.
Variation: instead of putting the candies in the cookies, you can increase the flour by another 1/4 to 1/3 cup and put the M&Ms on top in different shapes or designs.
Ninja Turtle Cookies- thatrecipe.com

Be sure to check back on Thursday to see which recipe I made for Fill the Cookie Jar, plus all of the delicious recipes my fellow bloggers are working on.


8/27/2014 UPDATE: I retried these recently and it was sweet redemption!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Cookies


Until next time, happy eating.

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  1. Elizabeth

    Love cookies! What a fun idea. Thanks. Shared on google+ 🙂
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  2. Cynthia

    They look so cute! Love the green dough. What if you decorated chocolate and caramel cookies like this? Then you’d have turtle turtle cookies 🙂 Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

  3. Nic

    No way, that are so cool!! My kids would love them. Thanks for sharing
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