Large bakery-style cookie meets Chex Mix. These chex mix cookies for Christmas mix red and green M&Ms, itty bitty pretzels, chex cereal, and more. A true choose-your-own-adventure cookie!
I love making these delicious cookies for my family during the holiday season. We put these together with some of our favorite things for family movie night. Caramel corn included!
Enjoy other large bakery-style cookies? Try our Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, bright and green for the holidays as well! Probably my second favorite cookie ever is our Oatmeal Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookie.
Important Ingredients with Substitutions
- All-purpose flour - Use a kitchen scale to measure the flour. A scale helps to get the most accurate amount.
- Baking soda - Give those cookies some lift!
- Salt - Flavor!
- Unsalted Butter - Room temperature butter. If your butter hasn’t come up to temp, boil water in a kettle if possible and pour into large glasses and let sit for a couple of minutes. Dump out the water and place the glass upside down over the stick of butter, let sit for 10 – 15 minutes. The butter should be at room temperature and ready to use.
- Brown sugar - Light or dark brown sugar, I usually mix mine. Sifting the sugar first is best to help remove any hard lumps.
- White sugar - White granulated sugar. To avoid hard sugar lumps, sifting the sugars is a good practice.
- Egg yolk
- Vanilla extract - Pure vanilla extract.
- Red and green M&Ms - M&Ms can also be replaced with semi-sweet chocolate chips or Christmas-colored chocolate chips.
- Rice Chex cereal - Use any Chex cereal that is your favorite. I like the wheat variety because it is the crunchiest. Any variety of the Rice Chex cereal would work.
- Itty bitty mini pretzels - Mini pretzels, but even tinier. Using regular mini pretzels works just as well. Crushing them a bit first may help them incorporate into the cookie dough better.
See the recipe below for the full list of ingredients and quantities.
Instructions for Christmas chex mix cookies
Preheat the oven to 325 F and line a large baking sheet with either parchment paper or a Silpat sheet.
Step 1: In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and cornstarch. Whisk to combine, then set aside.
Step 2: In a large bowl combine butter, and brown and white sugar. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat until fluffy and combined.
Step 3: Add eggs, yolk, and vanilla extract. On medium-high speed beat to combine.
Step 4: Add in the flour mixture ⅓ at a time, and mix cookie dough to combine.
Step 5: Finally add mini pretzels, m&ms, and Chex cereal. Using your hands to mix these in will work best, or use a wooden spoon to stir them in.
Step 6: Separate the cookie dough into 6 large balls.
Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, or a Silpat.
Step 7: Bake chex cookies only 3 at a time for 20 minutes.
Step 8: Cool completely on a cooling rack before serving.
Chocolate Chips - Milk or dark chocolate chips would be delicious!
Sprinkles! - Add Christmas sprinkles for an even more festive cookie.
Dried fruit - Dried cranberries would offer a nice tart flavor to balance the salt and sweet.
Surprise center - Wrap your cookie dough around a bar of small chocolate.
Store baked cookies in an airtight container or Ziploc bag to keep them soft and fresh.
Freeze baked cookies in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Level Up With Expert Tips & Tricks
Make sure ingredients are at room temperature and set out at least 30 minutes before starting your recipe.
Bake only one cookie sheet at a time. This will result in an even cook.
Experiment with different inclusions. Let me know in the comments what you mixed into your cookie dough and if you enjoyed the experience.
A lot of chex mix type cookies are not baked. This recipe is baked with the yummy ingredients you'd find in a chex mix mixed in.
While there is no right or wrong answer as to what you can add to a chex mix cookie. Here are a few of my favorite additions.
Peanut Butter chips
Flavored chocolate chips
Looking for other recipes like this? Try these:
- 2 ¼ cup All purpose flour sifted
- 1 ½ teaspoon Cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon Baking soda
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- ¾ cup Unsalted Butter room temperature
- ¾ cup Brown sugar
- ½ cup White sugar
- 1 Egg
- 1 Egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- ¾ cup Red and green M&Ms
- ¾ cup Wheat Chex cereal
- ¾ cup Itty bitty mini pretzels
- Preheat the oven to 325 F and line a large baking sheet with either parchment paper or a Silpat sheet.
- In a medium bowl sift together flour, salt, baking soda, and cornstarch. Whisk to combine, then set aside.
- In a large bowl add the room temperature butter, sugar, and brown sugar. Using a hand mixer, beat until fluffy and combined.
- Add eggs, yolk, and vanilla extract. Beat to combine.
- Add in the flour mixture ⅓ at a time, and mix cookie dough to combine.
- Finally add mini pretzels, m&ms, Chex cereal, and caramel corn. Using your hands to mix these in will work best.
- Separate the cookie dough into 6 large balls.
- Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, or a Silpat.
- Bake chex cookies only 3 at a time for 20 minutes.