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.
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!
- 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
- Preheat your oven to 350F.
- Cream your sugars, eggs, vanilla, peanut butter, shortening and salt together.
- 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.)
- 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.
Does your family make monster cookies too? Or is this just some weird geographical thing I wasn’t aware of??