Monster Cookies for the Indecisive

monster cookies 1A few years ago a coworker brought into work what she called dream cookies. She gave me the recipe, I filed it away, and forgot about it until recently when I was staring at an empty cookie jar and a blog that desperately needed a good update. I remembered her dream cookies because they pull together peanut butter cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and m&m cookies into one chewy bundle of sweetness that completely does away with having to make any sort of decision. One should never have to make a decision when the cookie jar is running on empty. AMIRIGHT?!

As it turns out, little recipe research uncovered that my coworker’s dream cookies are almost an exact replica of what’s floating around on the web as monster cookies. Both are sufficient titles.

Couple notes about the recipe:

1.) It’s no mistake…there is no flour.

2.) The order in which you’re instructed to assemble the ingredients is a little strange. The baking soda goes in between the chocolate chips (etc.) and the oats.

3.) Raisins. The recipe lets all of you raisin haters off the hook by noting that they are optional. But I cannot speak to the results should you choose to omit them. In my experience, raisins are really good at ensuring a chewy, elevated cookie. Plus, with all the chocolate chips, m&m’s, and peanut butter my tastebuds really couldn’t pick them out.

Monster Cookies 3

These monsters filled my cookie jar and then some and come highly recommended for anyone with a sweet tooth and the impetus for something a little over the top. Bake some up and let me know what you think! Recipe below.

Monster Cookies 2

 Monster Cookies
(The recipe I had in my file was identical to this one)

1 and 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12 oz) jar of creamy peanut butter
1 stick of unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup m&m’s
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 and 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (not instant)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare your cookie sheets with parchment or silpats.

In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs, brown sugar, and granulated sugar and mix well.
Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter and mix until thoroughly combined.
Stir in the m&m’s, chocolate chips, and raisins followed by the baking soda, and oatmeal.

Drop by tablespoons about 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
(I did mine a little larger – about 1.5  to 2 Tablespoons per cookie)

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake.
Allow the cookies to stand for 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
When cool, store in large resealable plastic bags or air tight cookie jars.

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