Santa's Favorite Cookie Recipe

It's a given that you always have to leave cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. It's the least we could do for the big guy. You try going from house to house all over the world to deliver presents to each one in one night and see if you don't get a little hungry.

We're helping you out this Christmas season and giving you the recipe to Santa's Favorite Cookie. Make it a family thing and get everyone in your household to help out! 

Prep time: 20 MINS

Cook time: 10 MINS

Chill time: 30 MINS

Total time: 30 MINS


  •  1/2 cup unsalted butter — softened
  •  3/4 cup brown sugar — packed
  •  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  •  1 large egg
  •  1 3.4 ounces box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix — (not sugar free)
  •  1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  •  1/4 cup red and green sprinkles — or any colors
  •  3/4 cup Christmas M&Ms — or any color of M&M


  1. Note: This dough requires chilling.

  2. Cream butter and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. (You can also use a hand mixer.) Mix in egg and vanilla until smooth. Add pudding mix, baking soda, and salt. Mix until combined. Mix in flour, then stir in sprinkles and M&Ms.

  3. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment or a silpat baking mat. There’s no need to space them out, you’re going to chill them. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silpat baking mats. Place chilled cookie dough balls 2” apart on cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until the edges just start to turn brown. Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to a rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days or freeze for up to one month.

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