Back in the day…..when I left my house and did stuff…..I was active in the Blair Jaycees. One of their fundraiser projects was to bake Monster Cookies and sell them to raise money for a Children’s Charity. It was so much fun.

I think they are a perfect holiday cookie. Perfect ANYtime cookie!

Note. I can make this whole recipe in my big KitchenAid mixer, but it is full. If your mixer is too small, think about halving the recipe or mixing in the mixer until you get to the oatmeal and then stir by hand in a bigger bowl. You can make it work!

Dough & Scoopers


2 sticks (1 cup) softened butter
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups granulated sugar
6 eggs
2 t. vanilla
18 oz. peanut butter (I use smooth)
4 teaspoons baking soda
9 cups quick-cooking oatmeal
Mini Nestle Chocolate Chips. (I don’t even use a whole bag)

Cream butter and sugars together.
Mix in eggs, vanilla,  peanut butter and baking soda until smooth.
Then stir in oatmeal followed by chocolate chips.

Traditionally, these cookies are 1/4 cup measure but I make them half that size. I use an OXO cookie scoop. You can make them any size.
Give them plenty of room on the cookie sheet, though.

Bake at 350* for 11 minutes….maybe 12. Check often.
Do. Not.Overcook.
They should be underdone when you bring them out of the oven.

Immediately put M&M’s on the cookie….press 3-5 candies on the top…and then remove from pan to a cooling rack.

Cookie Stack

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There are many websites that give tips on gifts for friends and family, but one of my favorites is The Naptime Chef’s blog.