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Gluten-Free Oatmeal M&M Cookies

  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 36 cookies 1x


These golden oatmeal cookies are full of nostalgia, holiday cheer, and sweet M&Ms! They're fun to bake with kids and are a classic Christmas cookie to add to any treat table.


  • 1 cup vegetable shortening or room temperature butter
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp molasses
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 cup red and green M&Ms


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.Grease or line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. Cream shortening (or butter) and sugar together until smooth. Beat the eggs, molasses and vanilla and then mix into shortening mixture until well combined.

  3. In a separate bowl, mix gluten-free flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together.Add to shortening mixture and stir together until dough forms. Add in gluten-free rolled oats and M&Ms. Cover and chill the cookie dough in the fridge for 30 minutes-1 hour. Drop cookie dough balls about 1 Tbsp large on the baking sheet. Leave 2 inches space in between each cookie. Gently press them down (not flat) and top with a few extra M&Ms.

  4. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they have lightly browned on the sides. Don't over bake! Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American