Chewy and Colorful: Healthier Mini M&M Cookies Recipe











Looking for a guilt-free treat that doesn't skimp on flavor? These Healthier Mini M&M Cookies are soft, chewy, and bursting with fun colors while being a bit lighter on the calories. Perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth!


Step 1: Creaming Butter and Sugar

Start your healthier mini M&M cookies by creaming together the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer will make this job a breeze, combining them until they are well mixed, giving you the perfect base for your cookies.
Pro Tip: Room temperature butter mixes more easily and creates a smoother dough.

Step 2: Adding Wet Ingredients

Into your creamed mixture, add in the egg and vanilla extract, mixing them until fully combined. Next, blend in the applesauce. Don't worry if the mixture looks a bit separated; this is perfectly normal at this stage and won't affect the final outcome of your cookies.
Pro Tip: Applesauce adds moisture to the cookies without extra fat.

Step 3: Incorporating Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, steel cut oats, baking powder, and salt. Gradually mix these dry ingredients into your wet mix, stirring just until the dough comes together. Overmixing can lead to tougher cookies, so stop as soon as you see a uniform dough.
Pro Tip: Gently fold in the dry ingredients to keep the dough light and fluffy.

Step 4: Adding the Star Ingredient

It's time to fold in those delightful mini M&Ms into your cookie dough. Use a spoon to gently incorporate them, ensuring they're evenly distributed throughout. This is what gives your cookies their fun and festive look, not to mention the bits of chocolatey goodness in every bite.
Pro Tip: Save a few M&Ms to press on top of the scooped dough for picture-perfect cookies.

Step 5: Baking to Perfection

Using a small cookie scoop, place the cookies onto a lined baking sheet. These healthier treats don't spread much, so feel free to lightly press them down if you prefer a flatter cookie. Bake them in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for about 12-14 minutes, or until they're beautifully golden. The lack of excess fat keeps them from spreading too much, but also makes for a satisfyingly chewy texture.
Pro Tip: Watch the cookies closely towards the end of baking to prevent over-browning.