I had monthly craft night last Thursday. I always bring dessert. Why? Because everyone else brings vegetables so I have to make sure there is something I can eat. I’m that girl.
Monster Cookies are one of my favorites. They remind me of college. The good parts of college. The overeating of buffet food. The 3 hours naps. The only having to be productive for 2 hours on Fridays. I attended the University of Northern Iowa before pharmacy school (at the University of Iowa). UNI had THE best Monster Cookies. I have since been on a quest to find a delicious monster cookie recipe. Consider it checked off my life list.
These cookies are a deliciously soft peanut butter cookie stuffed with chocolate chips and M&Ms. I don’t know how you can possibly go wrong with that combination.
Ike was not pleased when he wasn’t allowed to sample them.
Monster Cookies (makes 2 dozen)
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter (softened to room temperature)
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 3/4 cup M&Ms
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars together on medium speed for 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. Don’t over mix. Fold in the quick oats, M&Ms, and chocolate chips.
- Rolls balls of dough (about 2 Tablespoons of dough per ball) onto baking sheet. Press a few extra M&Ms on top for looks, if preferred. (Which I did. Because this girl likes pretty cookies.)
- Bake for 9-10 minutes. The cookies will appear undone. Slightly press down the baked cookies with the back of a spoon because the cookies will only spread slightly 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. (These freeze well.)
I took the leftovers to the family this week-end. They are toddler approved. My niece screamed “COOKIES!!” Followed by “Aunt Chelle makes good cookies. Aunt Chelle come to my house with cookies.” I’m glad I wasn’t the only one that approved.
Are you a Monster Cookie fan? Any foods remind you of those good ol’ college days?