I can’t believe I’ve never posted a recipe for monster cookies. I know I’ve made them numerous times, but apparently they’ve been a little blog-shy. Well, that all changes today, folks. Because today is the official start of March Madness.
Do you fill out a bracket in March? Since I bleed orange, I obviously do. 🙂 March madness = college hoops craziness = monster-style cookies!
If you’re not familiar, monster cookies are basically all of your favorite cookies rolled into one. Literally! It’s a peanut butter cookie. It’s a chocolate chip cookie. It’s an oatmeal raisin cookie. It’s an M&M cookie. All. in. one. 🙂
OK, I’ll be a bit more descriptive… you start with a good peanut butter cookie dough base. I used chunky peanut butter, but you can use what you have. Add oats to that mixture for chewiness, then raisins and chocolate chips, and then the best part… M&Ms!
I believe monster cookie recipes typically call for regular M&Ms. But I’ve had a giant bag of pretzel M&Ms staring me in the face (well, through the cabinet I stashed them away in an attempt to deter inhaling them) for a few weeks, and knew the best way to put them to use was in cookie form. So, when I realized March Madness was rapidly approaching, I decided to make an extra special monster cookie.
If these aren’t a cookie fit for March Madness, I don’t know what is!
What do you call a cookie that’s loaded with peanut butter, oatmeal, raisins, chocolate chips, and M&Ms? A monster cookie! The cookies are crisp and chewy, with tons of texture from all of the mix-ins.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
- 3/4 cup chunky peanut butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (or 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened)
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup white whole wheat flour (or all-purpose flour)
- 1 cup quick cooking oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (any variety)
- 1 cup pretzel M&Ms, crushed