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I pulled out my recipe binder last week and spent some time updating it. I had quite a few recipes I’d torn out of Southern Living and Taste of Home magazines that needed to be organized into the pages.
In the process, I came across a hand-written recipe card for my mom’s Monster Cookies – the recipe she made in the late 90’s when I was in high school. I instantly felt myself craving a taste, so I added the ingredients to my grocery list and made a batch!
These cookies come together in just one bowl and are really easy to make. I baked them on a super stormy June day and they didn’t flatten out one bit – a danger with summer baking in the South!
Here’s the recipe, just as it appears on that hand written recipe card.
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened (I used butter)
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 4 cups quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup M&M’s
- 1 cup butterscotch chips (I couldn’t find these and used Reeses Pieces instead)
- 1 cup salted peanuts
- 2 cups flour
In a large mixing bowl, cream peanut butter, butter/margarine and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add baking soda and vanilla. Add oats, M&M’s, butterscotch chips and peanuts. Let stand for 10 minutes. Stir in flour (dough will be crumbly).
Shape 1/8 cup full into balls. Place on greased cookie sheet. Gently flatten cookies and press a few candies on the top of each cookie. Bake at 325 until edges just begin to brown, around 8 minutes. Carefully transfer to a wire cooling rack.
Makes around 3 dozen, depending on the size of your cookies and how much dough you eat. 🙂
Tips: I used my medium cookie scoop and silicone baking mats (so I didn’t have to grease the cookie sheets). The salted peanuts are a good deal at Dollar Tree, and I found the best price on candy at Dollar General.
Let me know if you try this recipe! It would be fun to do with seasonal M&M’s or colored M&M’s that coordinate with a party theme.
On The Menu
- Avocado Toast
- Sloppy Joe Leftovers
- Turkey Subs with Havarti Cheese, Tomato and Avocado
- Super Sloppy Joes/Corn Saute/Chips
- Chicken Enchiladas/Taco Rice/Watermelon
- 15 Minute Pork Roast/Oven Roasted Potatoes/Garlic Green Beans
- Pasta with Chicken Meatballs and Red Sauce/Caesar Salad
- BBQ Pork from the freezer/Mac and Cheese
- Supper Out