Candy Cookies aka Gems Cookies (eggless)

These jewel laden cookies are vanilla flavoured and completely eggless! Try this recipe for perfectly moist cookies that not only taste great but are easy on the eyes too! Definitely a hit with kids!

Candy Cookies aka Gems Cookies

These are my Gems Cookies aka Candy Cookies- the cutest thing I’ve ever baked so far. ❤ Won’t you agree? Look at those colors.. These cookies are vanilla flavoured and completely EGGLESS..yesss eggless! 😀 And decorated with Cadbury Gems. For all my non-Indian readers, Gems are colorful chocolate candies much like M&M’s only a little sweeter. They’re great to bake with and look absolutely stunning! If you don’t find Gems use M&Ms instead. For my Indian readers I’m sure you’re pretty much jumping where you are looking at these beauties! You know where to get these so get baking nowwww!

Candy Cookies aka Gems Cookies

These cookies are eggless..I’ve used cornflour as an egg substitute which I must say worked wonders. I didn’t expect my cookies to be moist at all but these cookies are just how I wanted them to be..moist on the inside and crispy on the outside! Since the Gems are already sweet, I cut down on the sugar a little because the first batch was too sweet and the sugar was literally stabbing my throat..I mean it! But if you use half cup should be fine.

Candy Cookies aka Gems Cookies

Candy Cookies aka Gems Cookies

RECIPE: Candy Cookies aka Gems Cookies (eggless)

Makes: 12 Cookies    Prep Time: 20 minutes+1 hour chilling time

Baking Time: 10 minutes


  • All Purpose Flour, 1 cup or 128 grams
  • Baking Powder, 1 teaspoon
  • Softened Butter, 1/2 cup or 100 grams approx.
  • Sugar, 1/2 cup or 100 grams approx. (mix of dark brown and white granulated sugar)
  • Cornflour, 2 tablespoons (mixed with 4 tablespoons of milk)
  • Vanilla Essence, 1 teaspoon
  • Cadbury Gems or M&M’s, 1 cup


Sieve flour and baking powder in a bowl and set aside to be used later.

Whisk butter until lighter in color and fluffy. Once the butter is fluffy add in the sugar and whisk again until properly combined. This should take around 3-4 minutes.  Add in the vanilla essence and cornflour (mixed with milk:see above) and whisk until combined.

Add in the flour and baking powder that was set aside little by little and mix lightly using a spatula. DO NOT OVERMIX. Add in half the Gems (save the other half for the top) and make sure they’re evenly dispersed.

You should have a sticky dough by now which is a little wet (very little). Wrap the dough in a cling film or plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour (max 2 hours).

Take out your dough after 1 hour and Preheat  your oven at 180 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Line your baking tray with foil or butter paper or parchment paper. Start making cookie dough balls now.

Take  a little over 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie, form a ball and slightly flatten it. Lay the cookie dough balls on your baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Once you take out your cookies, start sticking the remaining Gems on them immediately. Press slightly to make sure they stay.

Let the cookies cool on the baking tray for at least 15 minutes before you transfer them onto a wire rack. Let them cool completely (which should take an hour) before you store them in a airtight container.

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25 thoughts on “Candy Cookies aka Gems Cookies (eggless)

  1. hey! i have 2-3 doubts about this recipe
    1. can i use powdered sugar?
    2. can i add chocolate chips?
    3. in the ingredients you said cornflour mixed with milk but then in the method you said cornflour mixed with water? so i’m kinda confused.
    Thanks, nishita. 🙂

    • Hi Nishita,
      1. You can use powdered sugar.
      2. You can add chocolate chips
      3. I wrote water by mistake, my bad! I mean milk. Mix cornflour with milk and add it.
      PS All the cups mentioned here are measuring cups and not tea cups. Please keep that mind! Let me know how they turn out 🙂

  2. hi radhika, i’m going to start making these once you reply to my last query. so um about sticking the gems.. i didn’t really get that properly! like should i bake it with gems or remove it then stick it and again bake. i’m kinda lost! so please help me out.
    thanks, nishita. 😀

    • Hi Nishita, you can do it both ways. I stick my gems on the cookies as soon as they’re out of the oven. But if you want to, you can stick them before baking too. I don’t do that because I fear they might lose colour. 🙂

  3. hey! i made these cookie, they turned out to be AMAZING. But they were kinda soft so my mom told me that it was because of the butter! i mean i exactly put 100gms.. so should i put less butter? how much? please help me out! but these taste divine ❤ thanks for the recipe.. i love your site!

    • Hi Nishita !
      I’m so glad you liked these.
      I’m sour about the cookies turning out soft though. I suspect that you’ve used less flour. Did you measure out flour with a measuring cup or a tea cup?

  4. i have a weighing scale! so i never use cups and all.. i’ll try the recipe again! with like around 90gms butter.. i’ll let you know how they turn out

  5. yeahh! very! one more thing, the vanilla essence i use is kinda strong! so can i reduce that also? like 1/2 tsp? will it affect the texture and all?

    • Hi Nishita, not at all. Use as much or as few as you like. I use 1 tsp because it helps mask the taste of flour but if you think that’s strong then feel free to use 1/2 tsp. It won’t affect the texture.

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  7. Baked these yesterday and they turned out absolutely fab! Only change I made was lessen the quantity of sugar but thats probably just me. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Aarti!
      So glad you liked these! About the sugar, it’s a personal preference. Glad you’re being brave and making changes to the recipe. 🙂 It’s always great to make these tweaks. I do them all the time.

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  12. Hi radhiki love ur site …wanted to start baking for my 2yr old son..jus wanted to ask can i make these cookies in a normal samsung oven it has a convection or i have to buy an otg…thank

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