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Gluten-Free Christmas Oatmeal M&M Cookies

Only 4 more sleeps until Christmas Day!!!

It’s time to bake Santa some cookies and I’ve got just the recipe. One of my favourite Christmas cookies are as simple as can be: Oatmeal Red and Green M&M Cookies. They remind me so much of my childhood. Adding them to the list of treats I bake with my own children during the holidays captures a touch of nostalgic Yuletide magic.

This actually happens a lot around this season – from wrapping up presents to decorating the tree – and I just love it. It’s funny how those little red and green button-sized confectionaries do that for me too! 

Of course, these M&M candies are delicious by themselves, but when you add them to a cookie you get a colourful festive treat that is perfect for any holiday get-together or for snuggling up waiting for good old Saint Nick.

Hands down, one of my favourite desserts to add them too is the oatmeal cookie; the blend of hearty and warm oatmeal with the sweet and crunchy M&M’s makes one delicious mouthful!

These Christmas cookies are chewy, soft, buttery, and sweet in all the right ways.

There is nothing like getting cozy with my kiddos, watching a beloved Christmas classic and sharing a plate of these cookies. And I promise, Santa loves these just as much as I do! He also loves that these are a lets-get-into-the-Christmas-spirit kind of cookie, great for baking a few days before Christmas and enjoying them as you count down the days.

What I also love about this holiday cookie recipe is how easy it is to make and it’s ideal for little ones to help out with. Just make sure you have extra M&Ms on hand for munching on.

I hope you enjoy the taste of comfort, Christmas, and childhood in every bite!


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Gluten-Free Christmas Oatmeal M&M Cookies

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  • Author: Emily Smith
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Enjoy the delicious buttery, sweet, oat flavour of these classic oatmeal cookies – with a tasty chocolate candy twist for Christmastime.


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 and 2/3 cups gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Red and Green M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 325F degrees. Grease or line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the gluten-free oats, gluten-free flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together.
  4. Add to butter mixture and stir together until dough forms. Gently add in the M&Ms.
  5. Cover and chill the cookie dough in the fridge for around 30 minutes.
  6. Drop cookie dough balls of about 1 Tbsp large on the baking sheets. Leave 2 inches space in between each ball. Gently press them down (not flat) and top with a few extra M&Ms.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes until they have lightly browned on the sides.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool before transferring to a storage tin or serving plate.
  9. Enjoy!


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