Go Back
+ servings

Monster Cookies

Print Recipe
Monster cookies are everything good that there is about cookie-baking and candy-eating. These classic cookies are loaded with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and M&Ms; they bake up soft, chewy, and thick, and are absolutely irresistible!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Servings 26 large cookies
Calories 325
Author Michelle

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • cups peanut butter creamy or crunchy
  • cups traditional rolled oats
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M's

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together the eggs, both sugars, vanilla extract, baking soda and salt. Then stir in the melted butter and peanut butter, followed by the oats and flour. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips and M&M's. Let the dough rest (at room temperature) for 30 minutes.
  • Drop the dough by ¼ cupfuls onto baking sheets. Use your fingers to flatten the dough slightly. Baking for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the cookies are a light golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack and cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days.

Notes

  • Baking Pans - My baking pans of choice are these rimmed half sheet pans; line with parchment paper.
  • Nut Butter Alternatives - You can use other nut butters such as almond butter, cashew butter, etc. as long as they do not have oil separation (see the note above). A great almond butter substitute that works exceptionally well in all baked goods I've tried it with is Barney Butter.
  • Mix-Ins - You can customize these cookies with different baking chips, candy, dried fruit, cereal, nuts, etc. See post above for specific suggestions.
  • Troubleshooting - See post above for solutions to common issues such as cookies spreading too much or too little, being crumbly, and overbaking.
  • Make-Ahead - You can prepare the cookie dough and refrigerate for up to 3 days before baking. When ready, let it sit on the counter for about 30 minutes before scooping and proceeding with baking.
  • Storage - These cookies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Freezing Instructions - Freeze the baked cookies by wrapping them individually in plastic wrap, then place them in a ziptop bag and freeze for up to 3 months. 
  • Freezing the Dough  - You can roll the dough balls and freeze them for up to 2 months. Bake for an extra minute or so.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 168mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 1mg