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Monster Cookies

by on June 27, 2012 · 18 comments

Monster cookies made the news this week, only they weren’t called Monsters. They were Ann Romney’s Oatmeal Peanut Butter M&M Cookies, one of the contenders in Family Circle’s ever popular Presidential Cookie Bake-Off. You can read more about that here and take a look at the competition, but for now I’m going to tell you what I know about Monsters.

Monster Cookies

Monsters are giant peanut butter and oatmeal cookies with candy and/or chocolate chips. Sometimes they have flour and sometimes they don’t. They may be chewy, crunchy, or a little of both, and can be made in one bowl with just a mixing spoon — no electric mixer required. In my opinion they are one of the most relaxing cookies to bake, and if I lived in some country that had a quota on how many cookie recipes a person could own, Monsters would be among my select few. They have everything!

Monster Cookie Ingredients

This recipe is adapted from one of the best cookie books in the world, The King Arthur Flour Cookie Companion: The Essential Cookie Cookbook (King Arthur Flour Cookbooks). I usually scale it down and make small batch monster cookies, but a neighbor just brought home a new baby (hers) and will probably have lots of people coming and going. A plate of Monster Cookies would probably be welcome at their home this week, but I’ll find out. Maybe they won’t answer the door. Anyway, I made Monsters.

Unlike Ann Romney’s Monsters, this version uses some flour. For the chips, I used white, butterscotch and chocolate (because I happened to have them all), but you can use whatever type you want. The candy coated chocolates are Mini M&Ms which are super cute and which I was lucky to find at the grocery store. Feel free to use regular M&Ms.

And if you’d rather make Ann Romney’s, check out Katrina’s blog today. She made the ones featured in the magazine and on the Facebook page.

4.5 from 2 reviews
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Oatmeal peanut butter cookies with M&Ms or "Monsters"
Serves: 24
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup regular or organic granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups peanut butter (14 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup (2.25 ounces) regular or organic all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup white chips
  • 1/2 cup mini candy coated chocolates (M&Ms)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F now, or wait and do it a little later in the process. The dough will need to sit for 30 minutes. Have ready two or three greased or nonstick foil lined baking sheets.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the eggs, both types of sugar, baking soda, salt, maple syrup and vanilla. Stir in the peanut butter and melted butter. When mixed, add flour and stir until blended. Lastly, stir in the oats, all the different chips and the candies.
  3. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes so that the oats can absorb some moisture. At this point, you might also want to preheat the oven.
  4. Using a quarter cup measure, scoop up dough and arrange mounds about 4 inches apart on the sheets. Press the tops down slightly to flatten somewhat (you want even mounds rather than spheres). Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes or until cookies appear set and lightly browned around the edges. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
The recipe is supposed to make 26 cookies, but I usually get 22-24.


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Published on June 27, 2012

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Kathy June 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

These sound great, and I’ve got everything on hand except the M&Ms!

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

oh my gosh I LOVE monster cookies! they’re so good! my recipe doesn’t have candy in them though — so they’re *almost* healthy enough to eat for breakfast! haha

Anna June 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I admit, I had to run to the store for some M&Ms.

Caralyn, I’d be curious to see your recipe.

Katrina June 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm

For some strange reason, I already had M&M’s in the cupboard (that weren’t eaten with the already open bag, go figure!) ;)

I love your humor, Anna. Your neighbor brought home a baby (hers). I laughed!

And I know why mine turned out better (jk!)–I used Skippy Natural instead of Jif. Not sure why, but I’m a Skippy PB person. Funny I say that though, because I only buy all natural brands for me that are just peanuts. But I buy Skippy for the rest of the fam (and for baking). Your cookies do look good.

Sue June 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Who doesn’t love monster cookies!? I haven’t made them in years. I wish I had more excuses to bake! I’m going to go look at my recipe. I don’t remember any kind of syrup in the recipe. Do you taste it?

Cookie Sleuth June 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I love the bake-off! I think these may replace my previous favorite (Cindy McCain’s).

Sue June 27, 2012 at 7:34 pm

I looked and my recipe does call for corn syrup. I wouldn’t have thought to put maple syrup in but now I’m wondering about that or Lyle’s Golden syrup, or maybe even honey?

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 27, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Oh, how I love monster cookies. YUM!

Winnie June 28, 2012 at 4:32 am

These look great….I will save this and bake them when it cools down here…supposed to hit 98 today..ugh ugh…

Louise June 28, 2012 at 4:53 am

I don’t think I’ve ever had a Monster Cookie. I must be living under a rock. :-(

Chewthefat June 28, 2012 at 6:17 am

I’ve never made or had Monsters either! Oh, and I just had to Google Michelle Obama’s cookies too, of course…

Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats June 28, 2012 at 10:21 pm

These cookies sound great…no matter the political affiliation!! :)

Steph@PlainChicken July 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

I am going to give both recipes a try.

Michelle Obama’s recipe has to have a typo in it – no way it would need 2 cups of butter/shortening. It is just the Tollhouse recipe with different chips in it.

Sarah July 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

Made a half batch of the recipe last night. SO GOOD!!! We didn’t have butterscotch so we added heath crunchies instead. For a half batch, we used one egg an the egg white of another egg. it made about 19 cookies. I guess my cookies aren’t nearly as large as the recommended size, but they were pretty big nonetheless. Delicious, will definitely make again!

Anna July 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

Sarah, thanks for the review! I might make another batch for our block party this week. One thing I noticed was the batch I accidentally over-baked was crunchy and delicious despite being a little too brown. Since I like crunchy cookies, I may make another batch and try baking at a lower temperature (325) for a longer time. Hopefully slower and lower will make them crunchier without being too brown. They’re good baked at 350 too, but I still want to test at 325.

scott reyburn November 23, 2012 at 1:03 am

Yeah my mom used to make thease cookies for us and they are the best.

Katherine April 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

These cookies are awesome! Sturdy, crisp outside, tender inside and packed with lots of goodies. I didn’t have white or butterscotch chips, but was happy with just chocolate chips and m&m’s I also threw in some peanut butter chips too. I will be making these again soon. May even throw in some chopped peanuts. Or better yet peanut m&m’s!

Anna April 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Thanks for the review, Katherine!

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