Monster Cookies…aren’t as scary as they sound – kids’ eyes may widen at the name; however, don’t be fooled – they are just a handful of everything wonderful in a cookie. 🙂 That’s why we like them so much.
Years ago, (around the same summer when I became a new mom), I was asked to make Monster Cookies for our church – maybe even like 3 dozen or something. At the time, I naively agreed to making cookies to handout on Father’s Day. Then I realized…I’ve never made Monster Cookies before – surely they are just like any other cookie to bake. Easy peasy.
Well, say it ain’t so…my Monster Cookies were way too gooey – either they had way too much peanut butter or just had not cooked long enough. I also found out the hard way, that with Monster Cookies you always have to let them cool on the baking sheet for several minutes or they will fall apart when transferring. Yep, that happened, too. Needless to say, the next year we had Subway cookies to handout instead. 😉
Similarly, around the time I had my second baby, Shelby brought over Monster Cookie dough balls to, “just throw in the oven.” And much to my surprise, these cookies were just the right ingredients to make them delicious with crispy on the outside and firm enough to not fall apart when I picked them up. Not to mention, my husband loves anything with peanut butter and my kids go crazy with M&Ms. Yippee!
- 3 eggs
- 1¼ c. packed light brown sugar
- ½ t. salt
- ½ t. vanilla
- 12 oz. creamy peanut butter
- 1 stick butter, softened
- ½ c. M&M's
- ½ c. chocolate chips
- 2 t. baking soda
- 4½ c. quick-oats oatmeal
- (Sometimes I will use 1 heaping cup of M&Ms and omit the chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well. Stir in the M&M's, chocolate chips, baking soda, and oatmeal.
- Drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheets. Bake 10 -12 minutes or until edges are golden. Let stand about 3 minutes on cookie sheet before transferring to wire racks.
- Cookie dough can be frozen by the spoonfuls, and baked at a later time.
Other similar favorite cookies, can you tell we like peanut butter? :
Chocolate Crinkle Cookies