Growing up, monster cookies were my favorite type of cookies and I assumed everyone else loved them, too. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that I realized that lots of people have never even heard of these cookies!
In case you’re not familiar with them, they’re soft, chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies loaded with M&Ms and chocolate chips. I searched around and couldn’t figure out where the name originated…so let’s just say they’re Cookie Monster’s favorite cookies.
1. Since they’re absolutely LOADED with good stuff, they have something that just about everyone will like. They’re like chocolate and peanut butter “kitchen sink” cookies.
2. They’re really easy- you don’t even have to use a mixer!
3. Hands-down, monster cookie dough is the most delicious cookie dough there is. My mom and I can attest to this– when we made them last weekend, we both ate way too much of it!
We used these fun pastel M&Ms, which are perfect for Easter or some type of shower, and we also use red and green M&Ms around Christmas time or pink, white, and red M&Ms for Valentine’s Day. So festive! I’m not even a huge fan of M&Ms, but I always include them since everyone else loves them, and I’ll still happily (oh, so happily) eat these cookies any day.
Sidenote: This isn’t necessarily a “healthy” recipe, but I firmly believe that a cookie or two can be part of a healthy lifestyle!
- 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cup peanut butter (natural peanut butter doesn't work as well in these)
- 4 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup M&Ms
- Stir butter and both sugars together until creamy, or beat with a mixer. Add eggs, vanilla, baking soda and stir or beat with mixer. Stir in peanut butter. Add oatmeal, mixing until just blended, and then add chocolate chips and M&Ms.
- Refrigerate dough for 2-3 hours, or overnight, to firm slightly. (You can speed up the process by putting the dough in the freezer for 30 minutes).
- Form into tablespoon-sized balls and drop onto a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper/baking mat-lined cookie sheet. Flatten each dough ball with the back of a spatula before baking.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes. For soft cookies, be sure not to over-bake them. Let cookies sit for 3-5 minutes before placing on wire cooling rack.
Have you tried monster cookies?
What was one of the first things you learned how to cook?
Besides monster cookies, I think I learned how to make muffins, banana bread, and pancakes first.
What are some nostalgic foods from your childhood? Do you still eat them?
I ate bologna sandwiches with ketchup every day for lunch wayyyyy back in the day before our family started our health food kick. I loved them at the time, but I definitely don’t eat those still!