Monster Cookies

Monster CookiesThis makes a monstrous batch (thus the name), but it’s usually gone pretty darn quick, as they’re the favorite cookie for 3 out of 4 men in my family. Generous amounts of old-fashioned oatmeal and peanut butter in these chunky treats give granola bars some stiff competition, and make these hearty enough for breakfast, if you like cookies for breakfast. And who doesn’t?

Surprisingly, the appeal of monster cookies spans the globe. Our house guests from Norway, France, and Japan have all requested this recipe, which I’ve packed in their bags along with a set of U.S. measuring cups and spoons. (Easier than figuring out how to convert the measurements into metric…)

Monster recipeI’ve actually halved this recipe from the original to make it more manageable. I got it from a woman who had seven kids, so she needed the jumbo batch. As you can see from my tattered and stained recipe, this really has become a family fave.

Makes 2 1/2 dozen

1 ¼ cups Skippy super chunky peanut butter
¾ cup shortening
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ cup M&M’s
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit. In large mixer bowl, cream peanut butter and shortening. Add dark brown sugar, then white sugar, and cream ingredients until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, and cream. Add vanilla and cream ingredients again.

In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine oatmeal, flour, and baking soda with a spoon. With mixer on low, slowly add oatmeal mixture to peanut butter mixture until all ingredients are combined. Remove bowl from mixer, and stir in M&M’s and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon until combined.

Drop by large spoonfuls on to baking sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until edges are light brown. Let cookies cool for 10 minutes before removing from baking sheet. Store cookies in an airtight container. Deliver to starving college student.

7 thoughts on “Monster Cookies

  1. Been following your wonderful blogs and this one also struck a familiar cord as I would deliver huge containers of Monster cookies to my college student son who quickly became a very important and sought out friend in his dorm. Thanks for the memories and for sharing your recipes.

  2. Gals and Guys:

    WE HAVE JUST HIT THE MOTHER LODE!!! – – – – WON THE LOTTERY!!! – – – – CAN EAT LIKE QUEENS AND KINGS!!!

    (natch, it would be somewhat better if Cheryl just made the food for us).

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes, Cheryl! We are all SO LUCKY!!!

    • Hahaha, Laurie. Can’t wait to see your wit and wisdom in comments. For the record, Cheryl often DOES make the food for people! We have to get you and Greg over again. Been too long.

  3. I asked my son Mitchell if he saw this posting for Monster Cookies, the ones I had just delivered to him at college. He said, “Why would I go look at a picture of a cookie when I’ve got the real thing right here?” Enough said!

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