Monster Cookies are packed with all kinds of tasty morsels! With a peanut butter and rolled oat cookie base, you can add in your favorite mix-ins to create a totally unique cookie combination.
What Makes it a Monster Cookie?
It’s the assortment of all the great, gooey goodness of the mix-ins!
For the best monster cookies, pick your own mix-ins like dried fruit, or nuts, baking chips or even your favorite M&M flavors! What about toffee bits or even nuts? Every monster cookie can be just as unique as the little (or big) monsters making them!
This is definitely the world’s best monster cookie recipe because it’s made with oatmeal, which gives it a super chewy texture and helps hold all the goodies together!
To Bake Monster Cookies
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking pan (or a pizza pan) with parchment paper.
- Cream together peanut butter (creamy OR crunchy), molasses, and butter until fully mixed.
- Add in dry ingredients and mix well.
- Now is the time for the fun! Drop in the mix-ins and stir until all the ingredients are mixed together well.
- Using a cookie or an ice cream scoop, drop scoops on the parchment paper, spacing them equally 3 inches apart.
Make Ahead Cookies
At this point, they cookies can be placed on a pan and frozen before baking. Once frozen, place them in a freezer bag and let them defrost overnight in the fridge. Remove from the fridge 15 minutes before baking.
Bake until the edges of the cookie are golden brown and the center is cooked. Remove from the oven, and let cool.
- Nuts: any kind! Toast them in a saute pan about 5 minutes first to make them crunchier.
- M&M’s: plain, peanut, peanut butter, all sizes, shapes, and flavors!
- Dried Fruit: cranberries, raisins, blueberries, strawberries, flaked coconut, and even sliced & dried bananas!
- Extra Crunch: crushed potato chips, pretzels, whoppers
- Flavored Morsels: butterscotch, chocolate, caramel, or Heath
To Store Cookies
Monster cookies will last at least a week at room temperature if kept sealed in a zippered bag or sealed container. Keep your monster cookies cool so they stay firm.
Chances are though, the best monster cookies don’t stay around too long!
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- Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies – a combination of everyone’s favorites!
- Funfetti Cookies – super soft, sweet & buttery
Best Ever Monster Cookies
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (either smooth or chunky will work)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups white sugar
- 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups total of any of the following:
- Dried fruit such as cranberries, blueberries, cherries, raisins
- Chocolate or peanut butter M&Ms, any kind of baking chip such as peanut butter or white chocolate, toffee bits
- Chopped nuts of any sort- cashews, peanuts, walnuts, almonds and pumpkin seeds are all great
Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cream together peanut butter, butter, molasses, and vanilla until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. Add sugar and mix until incorporated.
Place oats, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a bowl and whisk until combined.
Add dry ingredients a bit at a time to wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
Drop in your mix-ins, stir gently to combine.
Using a cookie scoop, drop cookie dough in golf-ball sized portions on prepared pans. Leave about 3 inches between cookies.
Bake 10-12 minutes or just until golden on the edges.
Allow cookies to cool about 3 minutes on the pan. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)