Addictive Recipes from a Self-Taught Baker

Soft-Baked Monster Cookies

Super soft and thick peanut butter cookies with oats, chocolate chips, and M&Ms. 

Monster Peanut Butter Cookies - the best monster cookies you'll ever make! @sallybakeblog

“Monster Cookies” are peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip M&M cookies. For as much as I love peanut butter and oatmeal cookies, it’s quite surprising to see no basic peanut butter oatmeal cookie recipe in my archive.  To be honest, the reason I’ve never shared one with you is because it’s taken me almost 3 months to develop one I’m proud enough to publish. Too flat, too puffy, falling apart, rock hard, too dry, and too sweet peanut butter oatmeal cookies have all made their way in and out of my kitchen lately.  But not this one.  Oh my heavens.  I’ve finally found that “perfect” one.  I am so excited to show you!

As I mentioned above, “monster cookies” are peanut butter oatmeal cookies stuffed to the brim with colorful M&Ms and chocolate chips.  Today’s recipe is unlike most traditional monster cookie recipes though.  It’s more like a peanut butter cookie with oats, rather than an oatmeal cookie with peanut butter.  Still with me?

Also putting these monster cookies apart from the rest is that they are soft-baked. My favorite cookie term! Soft, tender, chewy, and moist in every bite.  Quite unlike the crunchy hard peanut butter cookies you are used to. And finally, my version is stuffed with a variety of M&Ms. Peanut Butter M&Ms, classic M&Ms, and mini M&Ms all paid a visit to my monster cookie dough.

Monster Peanut Butter Cookies - the best monster cookies you'll ever make! @sallybakeblog

Also good to know ahead of time is that my recipe doesn’t make 5-6 dozen cookies like most monster cookie recipes I’ve seen out there that use 3 eggs, 4 cups of flour, 4 cups of oats, 1 pound of butter, etc.  Rather, my recipe uses a fair amount of ingredients and yields just 2.5 dozen medium-sized cookies, so they aren’t actually “monster” in size, but feel free to make them larger.  Oh and bonus: it can all be mixed up in ONE bowl.

It’s an easy, manageable, and quick recipe! One thing I will note: please use quick oats here. Why? You need the slightly finer size from the quick oats in order to give the cookies a more uniform texture.  Quick oats will act more as a binder in this recipe than whole oats would, since the consistency is more powdery and the oats are smaller in size.  I actually did not have quick oats at the time, so I ground up my oats in a food processor for a quick 10 seconds to break them down.

Like I mentioned, this is a quick cookie recipe! There is no dough chilling needed for these cookies! The dough is quite manageable as is. However, should you bake these cookies with a thinner peanut butter or on a particularly humid day, be sure to chill for up to 30 minutes in the refrigerator.  Cookie dough can be testy. Go by how your dough feels. If it’s too sticky, chill for 30 minutes. If not, just bake.

Helpful tip: the cookies spread just slightly while baking, so you’ll need to press them down a bit a bit with the back of a spoon once you remove them from the oven.  That’s what gives the cookies their crinkled tops.

Let’s discuss their texture. Wow. I baked these on a Saturday and by Wednesday, they were STILL so soft. Why did they last that long? I forgot I had one sitting around in a little baggie (whoops). So, yes. These cookies remain exceptionally soft for days and days. I also found that their peanut butter flavor is enhanced after day 1, too. Just wait until you taste these!

The oats make them unbelievably chewy, the M&Ms give them a pop of color, and we obviously love the combination of chocolate chips and peanut butter. And I love how thick they are! Even after slightly pressing down after they come out of the oven, the cookies are still so thick and hearty.

Monster Peanut Butter Cookies - the best monster cookies you'll ever make! @sallybakeblog

In a world where there can never be too many peanut butter cookies, I’m happy to have a peanut butter oatmeal cookie I can use again and again.  Especially ones that took me a several batches to develop and perfect. It was worth the wait!

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Soft-Baked Monster Cookies

The best monster cookies ever.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) salted butter, softened to room temperature*
  • 1/2 cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (185g) creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (160g) all purpose flour (measured the correct way)
  • 1/2 cup (40g) quick oats*
  • 3/4 cup (150g) M&Ms (any size or variety)
  • 1/2 cup (90g) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed, about 3 minutes. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. Do not overmix. Fold in the quick oats, M&Ms, and chocolate chips. If the dough is very soft and unmanageable by hand, chill the dough for 30 minutes before rolling.
  3. Rolls balls of dough, about 2 Tablespoons of dough per ball, onto prepared baking sheet. Press a few extra M&Ms on top for looks, if preferred. Bake for 9-10 minutes - do not bake past 10 minutes. The cookies will appear undone. I too mine out at 9 minutes, which is recommended. Slightly press down the baked cookies with the back of a spoon, since the cookies only slightly spread in the oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cookies will firm up as they cool. Store cookies covered at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months. Unbaked cookie dough balls freeze well for up to 3 months too. Bake frozen cookie dough balls for an extra minute, no need to thaw. Click here for my tips and tricks on freezing cookie dough.

Recipe Notes:

*You may use unsalted butter in this recipe. If so, add 1/4 tsp salt with the flour.

*Please use quick oats in this recipe. You need the slightly finer texture from the quick oats in order to give the cookies a more uniform texture. Quick oats will act more as a binder in this recipe than whole oats would, since the consistency is more powdery and the oats are smaller in size.

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348 comments

  1. I doubled the recipe. Next time I’ll add and extra egg because it was a little dry. I’m now a believer in the quick-oat technique! It gives the flavor and texture of oats, without making the impression of a granola bar. The flavor was delicious. I did everything I could to prevent myself from eating the raw batter!

  2. your recipes are AMAZING!! i made your chewy chunky chocolate cookies a while ago. and my sister has been bugging me for ages to make them again.

  3. OH MY GOSH! amazing! every year at horse camp the water moms hand out monster cookies for snacks and I have been trying to track down a really good monster cookie recipe since i started going 4 years ago. i recently took up the search again when my 4h club asked my to bring snack to our next meeting. theyre all new riders so i thought it would be fun to give them a little taste of horse camp. but i wanted a cookie that was more peanut butter cookie and less oatmeal. AND THIS IS PERFECT! i threw in some butterscotch chips, some left over pretzel m&ms, some pretzels, some peanuts and some puffed rice cereal. (all in small amounts of course) neadless to say these were a huge hit and they were all gone by the time the lesson ended.

  4. I found this recipe on Pinterest and have made it SO MANY times haha it is my fiances absolute favorite cookie! We don’t like m&m’s so I just add a variety of different chocolate chips. Also I always just use the regular oats I have on hand and I’ve never had an issue, they always come out wonderfully! 🙂
    Great recipe!

  5. These look great! Do you use a commercial pb that is already sweetened (Kraft, Jiff, Skippy, etc) as opposed to the natural “Just peanuts” kind?

  6. I just made these and I’m sad to say I’m a bit disappointed—I’m guessing I did something wrong, since a majority of the commentators have had such great success! I’ve been making monster cookies for years and thought this recipe would be a nice take on it. After 9, 10, 11 minutes in the oven, the cookies still seemed very undercooked. But the directions say this is the be expected, so I took them out. They have been sitting for 20 minutes or so to cool, and it seems like they are still uncooked. The only thing I did differently was not use quick oats (only had regular on hand). I know that you mentioned twice that quick oats were the recommended oat, but I just wasn’t able to get my hands on some in time. Would this specific “Swap out” yield undercooked cookies? They also are very small and don’t look much like the picture at all.

    Your pictures are gorgeous though!

    • Hi Natalie– the quick oats are a little more powdery and they help soak up some moisture. Which helps the cookies cook a little faster. How about you try again with quick oats? And maybe bake an extra 2 minutes. This should help!

  7. Hi Sally! Thanks so much for this recipe, I made them a few days ago and I CAN’T STOP devouring them. They’re the perfect chewy, soft texture. All my friends are super jealous and want some but I’m keepin’ them for myself! 🙂

  8. I made these for the deer hunters and they loved them!

  9. Hi Sally, I made these cookies today – followed the recipe to a tee, and I’m disappointed because they came out dry? The coloring is light too of the cookie- what am i doing wrong? I want to get this right!

  10. Does this recipe yield 30 cookies/? of roughly what size? I want to make these as slightly larger cookies as party favours for 15 kids, hence want to confirm if i will get 15 largish cookies with this recipe.
    Thanks a ton.

  11. Is it possible to make these into bars instead of cookies? What would the baking time be?

    Thanks!

  12. Hi Sally,

    Where are the recipes? For some reason they are not showing up anywhere!!

  13. After trying to think of different cookies to make for my 4 and 3 year old I started to think about the monster cookies my grandmother use to make when I was little, then I came across your recipe. It seems bang on to my grandmother’s recipe with the exception that she put rasins in her’s sometimes. With the reviews I’m sure I won’t have any troubles making them and hopefully they’ll become a regular staple in our home.

  14. Seriously amazing cookies. I doubled the recipe and made them a bit larger, and had enough dough leftover to mKe mini ones for my daughters lunchbox. She doesn’t know I put one in her lunch today; I hope she loves them as much as I do! This is my go-to website for the best recipes! You’re truly amazing Sally!

  15. AWESOME!!! Used butterscotch chips instead of chocolate…..hoping these cookies make it through the day!!!

  16. These turned out perfectly! I have never been a big fan of monster cookies because they seemed dry with too much oatmeal and not enough peanut butter. Yours truly are perfection! My little neighbour girls were here helping so there are some happy families with homemade cookies on the street tonight! The rest are being packaged up for mailing. I doubled the recipe with no trouble at all. Thanks so much! I really like your blog because your stuff ALWAYS turns out!

  17. just made these, doubled the recipe and added 1/2 cup each ground pecans, coconut, milk choc chips, pb chips, mini semi-sweet choc chips and rice krispies. Quite possibly the best cookie I have ever made – absolutely delightfully DELICIOUS!! Thank you Sally”s Baking Addition – you are making the world a better place 🙂

  18. Just made 3 batches of these to take to school for a treat in my son’s 4th grade class end-of-year Reading test. The kids LOVED the “power cookies” as they were called!

    Thanks so much!

  19. Fabulous cookies! Love this recipe. Thanks!

  20. I made these cookies for Easter and they were AHHMAZING!!! I did have to bake them a little longer and they came out perfect! My new favorite cookie recipe. Thank you for sharing!!

  21. Our kids had their first campfire of the year at grandma and grandpa’s last weekend and are on a marshmallow kick. We added 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows and they are devine! Thanks for the great recipe!

  22. these cookies turned out very well, added an extra 1/4 cup of quick oats and used both mini and peanut m&ms + semisweet choc chips…thanks for the extra notes about quick oats & cooling time, those details are much appreciated!!!

  23. Yummy! I doubled the recipe as I have a hard time keeping cookies in the house, between hubs and our 3 pre-teen boys. I had to chill the dough, as I overestimated my free time the morning I made the dough–couldn’t bake until the early afternoon. I found the chilled dough a little dry and had to squish it together a bit in order to make a nice ball with the cookie scoop. I used the small scoop and got about 48 cookies, I baked for 8 minutes on parchment, and let sit for 3-4 minutes after removing from the oven. They firmed up a little but remain soft and scrumptious. My boys love them! Thanks, Sally!

  24. Made these cookies tonight. They are so yummy!! My family loves them. Thank you for the recipe!!

  25. Hey, Sally! I make these all the time and my family loves theme! I’m just wondering if they’re supposed to appear undone and still “doughy” in the middle when you break them in half to eat them, or are they just under-baked? Thanks in advance!

    • Well, they should be very soft– but also cooked through! Maybe add another minute to the bake time if you make them again Morgan.

      • I added a couple more minutes to the bake time. They look great! I think I’m just impatient about waiting for them to firm up! This is a fantastic recipe! My dad is always asking me when I’m going to make these.

  26. I may have just found my new favorite cookie recipe. Next time I make them I will be doubling the recipe. With my 3tbsp scoop I only got 20 cookies. Not nearly enough for this amount of yum!

  27. Hi Sally,

    What kind of peanut butter would you suggest for these Monster cookies? A traditional kind like Kraft, or an all natural that separates like Adams?

    Thanks!

  28. Just spent a “staycation” afternoon with my 12yr. old son making this recipe. My grandmother and I used to spend many a Friday night making monster cookies for friends and family. Many a pleasant memory of baking with her. Now passing on hopeful memories to my son. He made the recipe exactly and they turned out perfectly. Thanks so much!

  29. YUM! Made some “modifications” to try to lower the GI index of these. Used whole rolled oats and whole wheat flour. And, instead of using 1 1/4 cup flour, I used 1 cup and upped the oats to 3/4 cup, instead of 1/2 cup. Also omitted the while sugar completely. They were AWESOME. you would never know I subbed WW flour for regular, or that there was sugar omitted. Next time, I would even consider increasing the oat ratio higher and decreasing the flour ratio accordingly. As for using whole oats, they added awesome texture. My friend even suggested subbing all of the flour for quick oats since they are already so broken down (they would make them a tad slower to digest with more oats). Great recipe!

  30. Baked up some of your Monster cookies the other day, all i can say is Yum!!! These were delicious, my kids loved em and so did we! The texture is perfect and all the flavors meld together perfectly! Thank you for sharing this perfect recipe! Love your blog, can’t wait to try out more recipes!

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