The Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

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These are The Monster Cookies Everyone Loves, they have just the right ingredient for each and every person!

The Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

Have I ever told you about Mama baking us cookies when we were kids? She made fresh, homemade cookies twice a week, every week, without fail. We had all sorts of different ones and every single bite was delicious. Back then, we didn’t have money to buy treats and snacks and things from the grocery store and Mama felt bad about this so she baked in order to compensate.

She had no idea how good she was being to us.

Our house was known as the one in the neighborhood that always had cookies and Kool-aid and I can’t tell you how many times one of us would show up with a legion of our friends in tow to get some much needed refreshment after playing outside on a hot summer’s day. Mama would step outside with a gallon jug filled with Kool-aid and a stack of paper cups. She’d hand a cup out to each kid and then set about filling them with the drink before disappearing back into the house and stepping out again with a big plate of cookies. After everyone had grabbed one, she’d reappear once more with Kool-aid for refills.

We were the hit of the neighborhood.

In my family, the only controversy involving cookies is which is the best kind. My daughter’s favorite are chocolate chocolate chip. My son’s are simply chocolate chip, and my husband’s are peanut butter. Me? I kinda like my Mama’s recipe for M&M cookies. These cookies have the best of all of those all rolled into one.

Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

You’ll need: Crunchy Peanut Butter*, Oats*, Vanilla, Butter, Eggs, Salt, Baking Soda, AND….

Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

Chocolate Chips, Mini M&M’s, White Sugar, Peanut Butter Chips, and Brown Sugar – dark or light will work so just use whichever kind you have.

*Crunchy Peanut Butter Note – if you only have creamy in your pantry, use that. Don’t make a special trip and spend extra money just to make these.

*Oats note – I use old fashioned or quick, again whatever I have on hand. If you have a personal preference, go with that. My personal preference is not to spend more money 🙂

**This ain’t rocket science. The state of the world does not rest on whether or not you use light brown sugar or old fashioned oats. It’s just cookies. Adjust, adapt, eat.**

Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

So I start by dumping my peanut butter, oats, sugars (brown and white), eggs, salt, baking soda, and butter into a big old dishpan or bowl.

Any of y’all with keen eyes are gonna take one look and think “WOW,that’s a lot of ingredients!”

You’re right. But you have keen eyes so you are probably used to being at least somewhat right more often than not.

I’m making a double recipe in these photos because I always have folks I need to take cookies to. But at the bottom of this post, I’m giving y’all a single recipe.

Because I have a hunch that you are far more “normal” than I am and don’t really need cookies for an army. However, as a friend, I feel compelled to inform you that normal is really overrated so be sure and take your crazy side out for a walk from time to time. 

Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

 Mix that up with an electric mixer.

Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

Now toss in your chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, miniature M&M’s, and the kitchen sink.

I was kidding about the kitchen sink part.

We’ll need that to do the dishes later.

Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

Mixy Mixy!

Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

Spray some cookie sheets with cooking spray (I buy mine in huge cans at Sam’s Club) and then make golfball sized rounds of cookie dough and put them about two inches or so apart.

Monster Cookies Everyone Loves!

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on sheets for about five minutes, then remove and allow to cool completely.

Or eat them warm.

Live a little.

Monster Cookies

These are The Monster Cookies Everyone Loves because they have just the right ingredient for each and every person yet they are also easy to make!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 4
Calories: 502kcal


  • 1 + 1/2 cups chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 cups oats quick
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi sweet or milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup m and m minis
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips


  • In a large mixing bowl combine peanut butter, sugars, butter, eggs, oats, baking soda, vanilla and salt. Mix well with an electric mixer.
  • Add in all other ingredients and mix again until well blended.
  • Form dough into golfball size cookies and place two inches apart on greased cookie sheets.
  • Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from pan. Enjoy!


Calories: 502kcal
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  1. Monster Cookies have been in our family long before I ever joined my husband’s family 25 years ago. My husband’s Aunt Mary would make them using an ice cream scoop and take them to the horse shows they participated in. Our tradition now is to make a half batch around Thanksgiving (our 1/2 batch recipe uses 9 cups of Oatmeal, 6 eggs, etc) and bake as needed (tablespoon size) until Christmas. Once in awhile, we have to do another 1/2 batch but most times it’ll get us through. They are the best and best if they are undercooked just a little bit. Also best them up when you plan to eat them. I’ve seen other sites posting their version of this recipe but yours is closest to ours! A true family and friend favorite!

  2. You brought back memories. My mother used to make cookies just about every week too. Money was scarce, so that was our snack in our lunch boxes. Many a summer afternoon my sisters and I had a “picnic” with homemade cookies and Koolaid. It is the little things like this that makes childhood memories. I’m looking forward to trying your cookies!

  3. Christy, I love all your stories and childhood memories. You inspire me to make some for my children and grandchildren.

  4. I have been thinking of these cookies for a couple of weeks now!! The snowstorms put me into baking mode, and these have been calling my name!!! It looks like I am supposed to bake them!! 😉 Thank you for putting the recipe right before my very eyes!!! 😀 Have a Cookie Monster kind of day, with the joy of your Monster Cookies front and center!!! 😉 <3

    1. I made these cookies yesterday! I don’t put in vanilla or salt and 1/2 tsp less of soda otherwise the exact same recipe. The scoop you use for meatballs works well for cookies. I use a small or medium scoop depending on how many cookies I need. I like to freeze half of them for the next week but usually find an empty container in the freezer no matter how well I try to hide them!!! My three boys are onto me. We consider these a healthier cookie with the peanut butter and oatmeal and no flour. These are the best cookies and only ones we make!!!

      Found you yesterday on Pinterest…love your site!!

  5. Delicious! One of my favorite cookie recipes. Thanks for all your fun, happy morning posts! They make the morning bright!! 🙂

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