Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies

by Jennifer Wieland

I was able to spend the day yesterday working on some new recipes, posts and getting my daughter’s Chromebook setup. The day had been going relatively well. That is until I was rushing to cook dinner and get online to a chat room with some other bloggers for a weekly meet-up that we do. As I am finishing up cooking dinner, my son Luke comes up to me and says, “Ellie is in a LOT of trouble! She put makeup all over herself and my desk.” My response was, “WHAT!?!?” I then yelled up to my husband who was upstairs with her to look into this. He promptly started yelling for me to get upstairs.

I walked into Jackson and Luke’s room and came to an abrupt stop where my mouth dropped open for what felt like a minute. After that I don’t know exactly what I said. I know there was yelling and probably some cussing too but, OH MY GOD! That child hadn’t gotten into my makeup per se. No, my dear sweet little girl got into every single bottle of nail polish I own, and I own around 50 bottles. She had painted herself in a vast array of colors. So not only was she covered head to toe in nail polish but she had managed to get layers of it on in places. She smiled proudly, thinking she was beautiful with gobs of dry and drying nail polish spattered on her face and body. (She was too.)

My total shock and freak out because of this may seem excessive, but well, my daughter is going to grow up to be a tattoo girl. Which is fine, but we have had to hide all markers in the house or else she colors herself completely if she finds any of them. Don’t worry, we got rid of all the Sharpies a long time ago after learning the hard way how to remove it best from skin. (Rubbing alcohol but not on her face. We used baby oil to lighten that up.) We also learned that same lesson with getting Sharpies off of a LCD TV and furniture. (Toothpaste, not the gel kind, and gently scrub with a damp cloth.) I digress though. The reason for my freak out was yes, she had once again colored herself and I was one again going to have to clean it but it was also that today is school picture day.

Out of all the days she could have done this it had to be shortly before bed, while I am rushing to get to something and trying to get school bags ready for tomorrow. Ugh! I had my husband get her in the tub. Ran and got dinner plated up. Then headed back upstairs to scrub the Dickens out of her skin. It did come off with much scrubbing and she should look okay for pictures today. Looking at it now, after I have had some time to relax, I am sad that I didn’t take a picture. Oh the horror story picture to show future dates that would have made.

Before things went off the deep end here last night with Ellie though, I was able to bake some out of this world cookies for the fall season. These pumpkin spice M&M cookies are a great alternative to a chocolate chip cookie during the fall months and holidays. They are a change from the standard pumpkin pie and also make a great treat when trying to escape your daughter’s bizarre behavior.

Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies 

Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies
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3069 calories
576 g
308 g
89 g
45 g
50 g
883 g
1344 g
238 g
2 g
23 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 3069
Calories from Fat 763
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 89g
Saturated Fat 50g
Trans Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 308mg
Sodium 1344mg
Total Carbohydrates 576g
Dietary Fiber 49g
Sugars 238g
Protein 45g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1/4 c. salted butter, softened
  2. 1/4 c. canned pumpkin puree
  3. 1/2 c. sugar
  4. 1/2 c. firmly packed, dark brown sugar
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla
  7. 1 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
  8. 1 1/2 tbsp. instant vanilla pudding mix
  9. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  11. 1 9.9 oz bag of Pumpkin Spice M&M's
  1. Preheat oven to 350° and line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking liner.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment cream together the butter, pumpkin, sugars, egg and vanilla. Beat on medium-high for 3-4 minutes until well mixed and smooth.
  3. In another bowl combine the flour, pudding mix, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice. Whisk together to combine. Add half of the flour mix to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and then add the second half of the flour mix. Mix just until completely incorporated. Stir in the Pumpkin Spice M&M's.
  4. Drop the dough onto the pans using a cookie scoop or spoons. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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Jennifer is a mom to 5 boys, 1 girl and 1 husband. Her kids range in age from 8-24 so things are always crazy with everything from school life, to autism and to college and beyond. She tries to bake, craft, travel and blog her way through all of the chaos and craziness that life, her kids and her husband throw her way.

29 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice M&M Cookies”

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    oh my, not sure if the cookies was enough to calm your nerves, unless you added a glass of wine to wash them down! The life and times of a mommy who had time to bake – brava! Hopped over from Bloggy Moms
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    these look wayyyy too yummy. i am printing this out ASAP and trying this 🙂

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    Angela says:

    I like anything with M&Ms so this looks amazing!
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    eleni says:

    Oh my goodness nail polish! What a nightmare I cant imagine how i would react if one of my girls did that. Congratulations on actually finishing your cookies after such an ordeal.
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    I would have screamed down the house too if I walked in on that. Man, I just shivered. I would make cookies just to calm down.
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    Katie says:

    I can’t wait to make these! Where did you find your pumpkin M&M’s? I looked at our Kroger today and didn’t see them. I’m going to try Super Target tomorrow.
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    These cookies look really tasty Jen! will share them on my page today! You can’t go wrong with M&M’s…I have to look for those though, haven’t seen them around here…any pointers are where can I find them…we love them here! Thanks for sharing!

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    Oh goodness…I bet that was fun to clean up!

    Those cookies look like they would have helped. Now, I’m trying to imagine how the m&ms taste. Are they like pie? Or more like the lattes?
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      Jen W. says:

      I am not a coffee drinker but I would bet they are closer to a latte. Only because they are chocolatey inside which changes it up from just plain old pumpkin pie. 🙂

  9. 9

    You had me at m&m’s and pudding. And they look amazing.
    Jenn- The Rebel Chick recently posted…Think Outside the Grill: 5 Corn Recipes to Enjoy This FallMy Profile

  10. 10

    These sound really good. I love anything that has pumpkin in it.
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    Deb@CookingOnTheFrontBurner says:

    Thanks so much for sharing at MM this week! I still haven’t found those m&m’s yet!

  12. 12

    YUM! Pinned to my ‘pumpkin’ board 🙂
    Kim of Mo’Betta recently posted…Southern Style Pork BBQ – In the Crock PotMy Profile

  13. 13

    Wow, these look great! I can’t wait to try them!

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    Anne says:

    M&Ms and pumpkin sounds like the perfect combo
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    This is definitely one I’m going to have to try out for sure. It sounds delicious! Thanks for giving us this idea to try.
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    Sounds delicious! 🙂 Danica
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    I didn’t know there was such a thing as Pumpkin Spice M&M’s…yummy 🙂
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    Connie Blasing says:

    Those cookies look really good…more like Pumpkin Spice MMMMMMMMMMMMM Cookies! Thanks for the recipe.

  21. 21

    Those look delicious! I am so digging pumpkin everything this month!
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    Sunnymay says:

    Thanks for the idea of using M&M’s with Pumpkin Spice Cookies. I’ve used them in Chocolate Chip Cookies and it was fun to make designs and patterns with the M&M’s.

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    Tammy says:

    Oh my! That’s quite the story – but also thank you for the ‘sharpie’ clean up tips, while I have no littles around anymore underfoot, I do have a couple of mischievous nephews I’m never quite prepared for!
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    Tanya White says:

    M&M’s are my favorite candy and I love anything pumpkin this time of year. I would love to give this recipe a try, thanks for sharing!

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