Monthly Game Night + M&M’s® Monopoly Cookies #Recipe

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I am lucky enough to have had the same best friend since I was 5 years old.  Unfortunately, she lives 5 states away and we only see each other once a year, sometimes every other year.  It just so happens that she is here, in Minnesota RIGHT NOW!  While her reasons for being here aren’t happy, we are both ecstatic that she gets to meet the baby while she is here.  As I was talking to my sister about my best friend being here, we started reminiscing.  Back before the days of call waiting {or maybe it existed, we just didn’t have it yet?  I know we had it not long after this story}, my sisters and I had been home alone.  We decided to play Monopoly.  Over the phone with my best friend Katie and her brother.  4 players, 2 houses.  We rolled, told the other person, moved the markers, you get the idea.  Well, somewhere around the 3 hour mark, we realized we should hang up in case mom or dad tried to call.  My dad called.  He was so mad.  He was worried about us because he had been trying to call for quite a few hours.  Yikes!  Sorry dad!  Anyways, we then finished our game.  I couldn’t tell you who won though.

What is a fun family game?

Since our monthly game night was coming up, I thought it would be great fun to break out some of the classics, and since it was fresh on my mind, Monopoly seemed only fitting.  Back when I was teaching, we played Monopoly quite a bit, but since then, it’s been years since we had played it.  I was super excited and couldn’t wait for everybody to get here.  Since we were reminiscing about the good old days, I figured, even though I had a few other specialty Monopoly games, we had to play the classic board game just like that day when we were younger.


While I was in the game aisle at Walmart, I saw Jenga sitting on the shelf just calling my name.  I had never played before and had always thought it would be fun.  So much so that I’ve been begging John to make me a yard Jenga game.  I knew without a doubt there would be tons of hysterical laughter.  Plus, I really love Hasbro® games.  As I was looking in the game cupboard, I realized just how many of them I have.

Preparing for Family Game Night

I come from a long line of game players, and whether it’s an afternoon game with one of the kids, a game with our family at the cabin, or a friends and family fun monthly game night, I always look forward to it.  Family time means so much to me, and games have always been a way of connecting as a group, whether a big group or a small group.   I love to put up some sort of theme night decorations and food to go along with it.  Since I was clearly on a Monopoly kick, I knew it would be fun and easy!  I wanted to make some Monopoly cookies, but I wanted them to be awesome!  I decided to spice them up with some M&M’s®.  You can find directions and the recipe at the bottom of the page.

M&M's®  Monopoly Cookies

Since I knew I also wanted to play Jenga, I decided to make a Jenga pretzel tower filled with pretzel M&M’s®.

Pretzel Jenga Tower

Here are the directions for the Monopoly Cookies.


What can I make with M&M's?
What can I make with M&M’s?

Start with sugar cookie dough.   You can make your own or use store bought dough.


Sprinkle sugar on the top so it rolls out easier, and roll it into a rectangular shape.  I rolled it out, then, using a knife I cut it into a rectangle; rerolled out what I had cut off, and kept repeating that.  Bake as directed.  Cut into smaller rectangular shapes like the Monopoly property cards.  Do this step before they cool completely.



Ice 3/4 of cookie with white icing.

White Frosted

Ice top 1/4 of cookie with desired colored icing.  We used red, blue, green, brown and yellow.

Top Frosted

Using black icing, make the border lines and the line between the colored icing and the white icing.

Black Outline

This next step is {in my opinion} the trickiest.  I ended up putting my black icing into a baggie and poking a really tiny hole otherwise I couldn’t get the writing small enough.  Write on the name of the Monopoly property and the price of the property.

Words on Frosting

Clean up any stray frosting on the cookie.


Sort the Big Bag of M&M’s® by color.  You can score an awesome coupon here.


Depending on the size of your cookies you may need more or less M&M’s® for each cookie.  Place the red M&M’s® on the colored icing that matches.  {Red on red, blue on blue, etc.}

M&M's Monopoly Cookies



I am not an icing expert, but I love how they turned out.  They were perfect for our game night and fit in with the Hasbro® games that we ended up playing.

What is a fun family game?


What is a fun family game?

Even though we usually only have a few people show up each month for family game night, we get so excited every single time.

M&M’s® Monopoly Cookies

Total Time: 30 minutes

Per Serving 96 calories

Fat 6 g

Carbs 10 g

Protein 1 g


M&M’s® Monopoly Cookies


  • {Sugar Cookie Dough}
  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Baking Soda
  • Egg
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Flour
  • {For the Frosting}
  • Colored Icing
  • M&M's®


  1. Bake cookies as directed on package or recipe you are using.
  2. Cut into rectangles
  3. Ice bottom 3/4 of cookie with white icing
  4. Ice top 1/4 with colored icing. I used red, green, blue, yellow, green and brown
  5. Use black icing to draw the border
  6. Add M&M's® to match icing color on top

So get your game on!  What are your favorite family games?  What are some of your favorite foods to serve on family game night?


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