Monster Cookie Recipe
I love this recipe. It combines the three amigos: oats, chocolate, and peanut butter. Monster Cookies! I have no idea why they are called Monster Cookies, so feel free to slap a more festive title on them before delivering a plate to your neighbors.
This recipe doesn’t contain any flour so the ingredients mix together quickly to create a thick, chewy cookie. If you are on a gluten-free diet, use GF oats and you are good to go!
The trademark of Monster Cookies are M & M’s. I use them around holidays for a fun, colorful treat, but the rest of the year I just use (and actually prefer) chocolate chips. Seriously, I can’t be trusted with an open bag of M&M’s so it’s safer to stick with the chips anyway.
I inherited this recipe from my husband’s family, from where all good recipes flow. The first time I tasted them, I was a sophomore in college, enjoying the benefit of my then-boyfriend’s care package from his sister. I loved her and these cookies from that day forward. And now, they are easily my most requested recipe when I bring them to different gatherings.
And because measuring oats is 100 times easier for little hands than flour, this is my favorite cookie recipe to make with my kids. Which is saying a lot, because cooking-with-small-people can be like those dreams where you are trying to run fast to escape some horrible fate but your legs just. won’t. move.
Bake up a batch of Monster Cookies for the friends, family, co-workers in your life! Send them my way when they ask you for the recipe.
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter (Salted vs. unsalted butter)
1 c. peanut butter
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1 T. vanilla extract
4 1/2 c. old fashioned oats (click here for a gluten-free option)
1/2 t. salt (optional)
2 t. baking soda
1-2 c. chocolate chips or M&M’s
- In the bowl of a stand mixer or using a handheld mixer, cream together the butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla extract. Mix until combined. Stir in the oats, salt, baking soda, and chips/M&M’s.
- Scoop the dough onto cookie sheets lined with parchment paper or sprayed with cooking spray.
- Bake at 350-degrees for 10 minutes.
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