Monster Cookies

I always thought every family had a monster cookie recipe in the recipe box, just like they have a family sugar cookie recipe or chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I was surprised to learn that not everyone has had monster cookies? We were talking about it at work, and someone said they didn’t even know what monster cookies were!  Which, of course, meant I wanted to bake some right away.

Monster Cookies

If you are in the camp of “what are monster cookies??” – they are kind of an everything-cookie.  It’s like a cross between chocolate chip, oatmeal, and peanut butter cookie.  With M&M’s.  Yeah, I have no idea who decided you should mix everything together, but they are sooo good. ;) They are a great cookie for when you realize you’re short on flour – because this recipe calls for no flour, just quick-cook oats!

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Monster Cookies
Serves: 5 dozen
  • 3 eggs
  • 1¼ c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1½ c. peanut butter
  • ½ c. shortening
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 4½ c. quick-cook oats (not the same as instant oatmeal)
  • ½ c. chocolate chips
  • ½ c. M&M's
  • ½ c. raisins
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Cream your sugars, eggs, vanilla, peanut butter, shortening and salt together.
  3. Sift baking soda and oats together, and then stir it into your dough. Add the chocolate chips, M&M's, and raisins. (If you are going to omit any of the stir-ins, you should increase the other quantities to ¾ c. each for a total of 1½ cups of stir-ins.)
  4. Line your pans with parchment paper or a sil-pat. Drop by tablespoons and bake for 8-10 minutes. This recipe yields 5 dozen cookies


My husband prefers when I make them without raisins, so these don’t have raisins and I increase the chocolate chips & M&M’s to 3/4 c. each.  I like them both ways, but you play to your audience. ;)

Monster Cookies

Does your family make monster cookies too?  Or is this just some weird geographical thing I wasn’t aware of??




  1. terry says

    Looks amazing, but no, I’ve never heard of them either. Of course now I must try them. Mmmm.

  2. says

    I have heard of them, even made them. However I don’t have a recipe. I showed your photo on FB to JP the other day…. now he thinks I need to make some. In fact he has been bugging me all week about it! I’m glad you shared the recipe, we will be making some in the near future for sure.:)

  3. Lisa S says

    These look amazing. Do you think I can substitute butter for shortening? I never have shortening on hand.

  4. says

    These look so good, I have heard of them before, but have never tried them or made them… But I think this will go with my can’t make up my mind personality because it has everything!

  5. Brooke says

    These look great! I always LOVE new cookie recipes. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful day!

  6. says

    Mmmm…these cookies look delish! I would love to have you come link up your favorite posts at ‘Or so she says…’. The link party will be open until this Tuesday. (Sat-Tues, every week.) Hope to see you there!

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  7. Misty says

    They are wonderful! If you’ve never had them , you don’t know what your missing! I make them a lot as most of the men in my family love them :)

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