Party Cookies

It’s holiday baking season! Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, it’s always a fun time to make cookies. Here’s my childhood favorite recipe, called “party cookies” but you might just call them “M&M Cookies” if you aren’t bothered about trademarks.

I recently came across a cookbook produced by my 3rd grade class, and a copy of this recipe was my contribution. Whenever my mom or I were called upon to submit a recipe to a cookbook, this was our go-to. I don’t know where the recipe came from originally though.

Party Cookies


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda *
  • 1 tsp salt *
  • 1 1/2 cups M&M’s plain or dark (3/4 lb package)


  1. Cream shortening, sugars, eggs, and vanilla thoroughly.
  2. Sift together flour, soda, & salt *
  3. Add dry ingredients gradually to creamed mixture and mix well.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cups M&M’s, reserving remainder for decoration.
  5. Drop by teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Decorate tops with remaining M&M’s.
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

Note: The recipe I have says it makes 6 dozen cookies, but I think I make them a bit larger than they intend, so I end up with about 3 dozen.

* If using self-rising flour, omit soda and salt.

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