Dec 072015

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M&M® and Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Cake Mix Cookies

Every year my mommy friends and I do something fun – a Christmas cookie exchange.  It was something that we all participated in when we were all in the moms club in town together and even once our kids aged out of the club, many of us carried on the tradition. Every December we pick a morning and get together to exchange cookies, have some tea, coffee or hot chocolate and share some laughs together.  It’s something that I look forward to all year long.

Here are the cookies my mom friends are going to be getting this year at the annual cookie exchange:

Here’s what you need:

  • Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix
  • Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting
  • M&M’s® White Peppermint
  • M&M’s® Holiday Milk Chocolate
  • One gallon of Great Value milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


Here’s what you do:
1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine your Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Cake Mix, oil, eggs, vanilla, and baking powder.


3. Mix your ingredients by hand.


4. Once your ingredients are mixed well, add in 1/8 cup of your M&M’s® White Peppermint and 1/8 cup of your M&M’s® Holiday Milk Chocolate.  Fold them into your batter.


5. Using a tablespoon scoop small scoops of your batter onto a baking pan, make sure they’re spaced far enough apart.


6. Bake for 9 minutes and let cool on a wire rack.


7. Once your cookies are cooled off, top of your your Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Holiday Vanilla Flavored Frosting and  some sprinkles!


Yummy, right?

If you plan on making some cookies this holiday season, too, you might want a brand spankin’ new KitchenAid Mixer to help make them. If you don’t have one, or want to gift one, or want one for yourself, you enter to win one here:

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I would love it if one of my readers won!

But back to my cookies.  I love that I was able to grab all of my ingredients right at Walmart. It makes life easier when I can grab everything I need in one place, you know?

Walmart treats

While I was there, I picked up some milk, because what goes better with cookies than a nice cold glass of milk?

wlalmaet great value milk

But did you know that there are hungry children and their families right in your community that are missing out on the essential nutrients supplied by milk because it’s not typically donated to food banks – even though it’s in really high demand. That’s why I LOVE the Great American Milk Drive will deliver a gallon of milk – and all of the essential nutrients, including protein, that it provides – to a family in need in YOUR local community. When you purchase 2 bags of M&M’s® at Walmart (9.4 oz bags or larger) and up to a gallon of milk will be donated to the drive.  That makes my heart happy!

Here are some more stats for you.  More than 46.5 million Americans – including one in every six children – rely on Feeding America food banks every single year and one of the most requested food items is milk. On average, food banks are only able to provide the equivalent of less than one gallon of milk per person per year because while so many Americans are generous with canned and dry goods, a lot of people don’t think to donate milk because it’s perishable. You can join Feeding America in The Great American Milk Drive, the first-ever national program to help deliver highly desired and nutrient-rich gallons of milk to hungry families who need it most.


Christmas cookies and donating to families in my community who are in need – what can be better this time of the year?

Do you participate in a Christmas cookie exchange?  If so, here are some more holiday recipes that you may want to check out.

  142 Responses to “M&M® and Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Cake Mix Cookies #BakeInTheFun #CollectiveBias #ad”

  1. Perfect cookie! Love the red, green and white colors and the peppermint flavor, too 😉

  2. I’m in love with the peppermint M&M’s and the Hot Chocolate ones. Oh, who am I kidding? I’m in love with every M&M I’ve ever encountered. Your cookies look awesome.

  3. Those cookies look way too pretty to eat. I haven’t done a cookie exchange in years!! They were always so much fun.

  4. oh my those cookies look yummy. Hubby was asking for some the other day and I will have to try these.

  5. Thank you for sharing this post. It makes me sad to think that amidst all the festivities, there are still families who are hungry. I would love to participate in this The Great American Milk Drive!

  6. My kids love cake mix cookies! The M&M’s are a great addition 🙂

  7. This is so rad…..#bloggers rock. I love these cookies.

  8. It can’t get more delicious than this. You’d BETTER get some in the mail pronto!

  9. The cookies are so pretty and I bet they are yummy, too. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

  10. OMG, yes! This is the most perfect cookie ever! I love the texture, I love the M&Ms, and I love the frosting. Yum!

  11. I love funfetti! It reminds of me of baking when with my mom when I was little. I will have to give these a try.

  12. I love a good christmas cookie. these look delicious and I never knew you could make cookies out of cake batter. I am so making these for Santa.

  13. I cannot wait to make these! I love the flavors, and they have the kind of texture I really love.

  14. I’m not a fan mint but I love M& M’s in my cookies the presentation looks pretty I can serve this also for Saint Patricks Day because of the color.

  15. It’s not the holidays without M&Ms, we fill the stockings with them every year! Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe idea!

  16. Love these cookies. They look delicious and festive.

  17. I love the Walmart Baking section! It’s always right in the center and out where you need it. No need to fight to get down an aisle then looking around forever for the ingredients you need. My family isn’t HUGE milk drinkers though but I love the cause!

  18. I go a little over board at christmas with cookies I will totally admit it. This one needs to be added to the list. Have you tried the Mint M&M’s? Those would go perfect in these cookies too.

  19. I love making cookies. My boys love the decorating part.

  20. I do not participate in a cookie exchange, but we make a lot of cookies for neighbor gifts and to take to parties. My daughter is in to baking this year, but she isn’t quite ready for the complicated recipes. Yours looks like a great one for a color happy 11 year old to do with minimal supervision (help at the oven).

  21. Those cookies look delicious! I’m not a fan of peppermint but I bet using regular M&Ms or even peanut butter M&Ms would be fabulous! I love that people are doing a milk drive too. It’s sad how many people miss out on the nutrients of milk because they can’t afford it. 🙁

  22. These do look really yummy! My son would go nuts over these cookies. He’s been asking for some lately so maybe I’ll surprise him.

  23. I had no idea there were Peppermint M&Ms! I need to get some asap. I love the cookie recipe too, they look so yummy!

  24. These look so good. They don’t even look like they need the frosting (but I would never say no to frosting!)

  25. Oh those look delicious! I haven’t had a good old fashion cookie giveaway in ages. I need to see if my girlfriends are on board with this!

  26. These look like really tasty cookies! I always love finding new recipes to try for the holidays. I do a lot of baking around Christmas.

  27. I’ve never done a cookie exchange, but I have made cookies to give as presents during the holiday season. These look delicious and so easy to make!

  28. These cookies look so yummy. I never would have thought to use cake mix for cookies.

  29. These are fun, and they look pretty simple to make.

  30. I might have to give these a try. We just love cookies in this house!

  31. I love how much time mixes can save! These cookies look so festive for Christmas and sound delicious!

  32. I love M&M cookies. I really want to go make these right now but that would be a BAD idea. Really. It’s Birthday/anniversary week ….

  33. Funfetti is my husband’s absolute favorite cake! I didn’t know there were funfetti cookies?! These looks super holiday spirited!

  34. Yum these sound and look like such delicious cookies! I haven’t had funfetti in so long, I would love to give these a try. My kids have been begging me to make some more cookies!

  35. I would love to do a Christmas cookie exchange! It should be an annual tradition!

  36. Those look amazing! I’m a sucker for cookies with frosting… And when you pair it with M&M’s, it just seems like a comfort food that needs to get into my mouth. LoL! – Jerusha,

  37. Those look amazing! I bet the M&M’s is what puts them over the top!

  38. These just look like some of the most delicious cookies – I could totally reach through the screen and grab one if I could/.

  39. I love cake mix cookies. They’re always so fluffy. These look delish and like they’d be a great holiday treat!

  40. Those M&M’s are a fun surprise! I love this time of year, and all of the baking I get to do with my kiddos.

  41. These look like the best cookies! I love funfetti cookies and adding M&Ms is awesome!

  42. I bet these are so delicious. I love cookies with frosting!

  43. Yummy. This is such a fun idea. I bet the kids will really enjoy the cookies. So festive.

  44. I’m thinking about making these with my daughter on Christmas Eve so she can leave them out for Santa 😉 Thanks for the recipe!

  45. I never thought of using cake mix to make cookies, but this is such a great idea. My little cousins will gobble these up.

  46. I love cake mix cookies! They are so yummy and easy. Cute!

  47. These are so much fun! Making cookies together is such a great way to make Christmas memories.

  48. Those cookies look way too yummy. I would love to try that recipe

  49. Never tried cake batter for cookies, these look so good!

  50. Those looks absolutely delightful, not to mention yummy! 🙂

  51. I love cookies that I can have my kids help me make. My son is all about having the job of adding the sprinkles.

  52. Those cookies look yummy! We don’t usually do a cookie exchange but I do bake many more cookies during the holiday season. I’ll add these to my Christmas recipe book!

  53. These cookies are always a hit with kids…all those colours (and of course the frosting) is so appealing!

  54. These look so soft and delicious! I love the festive sprinkles you added too!

  55. These cookies look fun to make. I will have to make some this weekend with my kids.

  56. I love making cake batter cookies. It is such a moist cookie and so delicious. I am making some this week with my kids.

  57. Now isn’t that fun to do! I love the burst of colors and there’s peppermint too. I bet Santa will stay longer just to finish these!

  58. Wow! awesome recipe. This really looks yummy and delicious. I want this. I’m going to make mine. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  59. I totally want a bit of those cookies, yum! I’ll have to make these sometime.

  60. These cookies look great, I love the light green as opposed to the typical dark. I bet my daughter would love it if I made these! NOM NOM

  61. I did not know that about the milk drive, how nice! These cookies look so festive and fun !

  62. This recipe looks so delicious and fun! I think my son would love to try this recipe. Thanks for hosting a cool giveaway

  63. We love cake in our home, we need to try out this funfetti cake. The kids would love it.

  64. I always love cookies whether during the holidays or not. Thanks for sharing this awesome post.

  65. We love to bake cookies, especially during the holidays. Funfetti versions are my girls favorites…I think mostly because the sprinkles make them think of glitter. lol I’d love to win a new KitchenAid mixer too!

  66. Looks perfect for Santa cookies we still leave cookies and milk out for Santa because Bella still believe in Santa. Also perfect for a cookie exchange with friends and family.

  67. My kids aren’t huge on mint either, but it’s my favorite. I think I’ll have to make these for myself.

  68. Funfetti just sounds fun to eat 🙂 I’m looking into irecipes to try for this year’s cookie bake, so maybe I’ll give this a whirl!

  69. My kids and I make a treat everyday for advent! I know they will love making these!

  70. I love cookies and I think I will give this recipe a try. Thanks for being awesome. 🙂

  71. My kids love cookies! I’m sure they would love to try this!

  72. That is so FUN, pun intended, that you made cookies out of a cupcake mix. These cookies are so pretty and very festive for the holidays.

  73. My grand kids always wanting a yummy cookies like this, they will surely love it especially the M and M idea.

  74. This is indeed a great Christmas cookie recipe and I will have to make these with my niece’s kids. During this time of year I always make Christmas cookies for everyone. These would be indeed perfect to donate. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  75. These look so good. I haven’t tried making cake mix cookies yet. I might have to make these for Santa. I bet he will enjoy them.

  76. A milk drive is a fabulous idea. Those cookies look pretty great too. Entered the contest, my mom wants one of those mixers, I’d gift that right to her.:)

  77. Home made cookies are such a treat. I like how easy your recipe is to follow and how fun the cookies look.

  78. Okay this looks absolutely amazing! We are going to do this next week. I can’t wait.

  79. I love the idea of adding whole M&Ms on the batter! I have to try this, my kids would definitely love them!

  80. We love making cookies, especially this time of year! Decorate them all up, keep some for us, and give some away! We like to make treat bags for our neighbors, teachers, and mailman.

  81. So festive. Now that I see your post, I am going to bake some cookies today as well.

  82. My favorite type of recipe, easy and delish! Love the give away!! I could use a new mixer

  83. These look so fun and easy to make! I love anything that makes me look like a pro in the kitchen!

  84. I love this kind of cookie! They are so delicious, glad I found this recipe, and to make it even better… m&ms! Love [email protected]

  85. So, that’s how they make those cookies so soft! I love M&M’s cookies so much and I bet these taste amazing.

  86. I would never have thought of using cake mix for cookies, but love this idea. They look like so much fun and my kids would love them.

  87. The cookies look yummy. I’ve never participated in a cookie exchange, but I would like to start this in our neighborhood.

  88. I have never tried cake batter cookies before and these Funfetti ones look super yummy!! Great recipe!!

  89. I’ve never tried participating in a Christmas cookie exchange. I would love to though. Sounds like a lot of fun!

  90. My kids love funfetti cakes, so I am sure they will love the cookies. and if not, I will eat them instead!

  91. Those cookies looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try your recipe 😀

  92. I love making cake mix cookies. My favorite is Red Velvet. They are easy to make and so moist and delicious.

  93. red and green is everywhereeee..Looks yuum and I also love Pillsbury, especially the croissant dough :). More bakings are coming these days..

  94. Fun cookies! The kids would really enjoy this! Would be a great thing to have at the school parties

  95. looks easy and absolutely delicious!

  96. I want to try to bake these! I don’t have a large kitchen so complete from scratch options don’t work.

  97. We love making christmas cookies. Wuld be a great kid project.

  98. Yup! Making these tonight. I have all the ingredients and absolutely love these type of cookies

  99. These look dangerously delicious. I will have to show Ryan this post- he will want to #1 go to Walmart and get all the ingredients and #2 make them this weekend!

  100. Your cookies look great! I have been making M&M cookies for over 20 years, but I never ever thought to frost them, like you did. 🙂

  101. Great recipe! So easy and festive and i love cake cookies! NOM!

  102. Wow, you made cookies from a cake mix! I bet they were amazing. I’ll have to give these a try.

  103. Yeah, you had me at Funfetti. Those look so delicious and totally festive too!

  104. Oh my those look wonderful. I love anything that has funfetti in it, yummy!!

  105. Wow! My kids would love this, yummy! I love your idea especially the M and M.

  106. Those look really good! I love cake mix cookies.

  107. These are definitely the perfect cookie exchange cookie! Different but delicious!

  108. I certainly would like to try this one. I love cookies and I plan to have them during the holiday season.

  109. Oh, could you come and make these for my family….LOL Looks very tasty

  110. These look so yummy for Christmas! My kids would gobble them up quickly!

  111. I’ve been seeing so many delicious recipes with M&Ms. I want to try making this cookies with my little guy!

  112. wow. This cookies is so cute and fun to do. For sure the whole family would love this. I’m going to do this at home. Thanks for haring your recipe.

  113. These are really yummy! My kids always wanting a cookie like this.

  114. Are these like those Lofthouse cookies? My sister loves those! I prefer homemade, but these look fun and easy to make and decorate!

  115. What a fun combination! I love funfetti anything & of course I love M&M’s too!

  116. These look like some delicious holiday cookies. I love baking during the holidays.

  117. Cookie exchanges sounds so fun and have always wanted to do one of those. Your cookies look so good. =)

  118. These look delicious! I love that you’ve included the white peppermint in this recipe.

  119. The Holiday Cookie Exchange sounds like fun! I’ll bet everyone scooped these up!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  120. Such an easy and festive cookie for the season! Never thought about chocolate and funfetti together, yum!

  121. Funfetti is one of my favorite cakes. I bet these cookies are delicious too!

  122. I’ve never participated in a cookie exchange and now I know what I’ve been missing out on! These cookies look perfect for holiday sharing.

  123. Oh my cookies. I so love this. Will join the giveaway too!

  124. Those look delicious in every sense of the word. I also love how festive these cookies look!

  125. Oh my gosh, those cookies look amazing! They look like even I could make them!

  126. OMG! Can’t wait to try it! My son will go crazy over it!

  127. I am always looking for easy cookie recipes to add to my Cookie Swap. I am definitely adding this recipe. Thank you for sharing.

  128. Those cookies are perfect for Christmas!

  129. The cookies look so fluffy and delicious! (cilent)