It’s officially summer break, so this one is for the kids! Extra soft and chewy monster cookies, with a few edible candy eyeballs just for giggles.
Chock full of oats, creamy peanut butter, chocolate chips and extra m&m’s.
This recipe for monster cookies goes so fast every time we make them. We just can’t keep them around because everyone loves them!
They are seriously the best!
I think it has to do mostly with how colorful and fun they are, all those m&m’s just draw you in.
Plus the cute little google eyes.
Which are candy. Wilton brand makes them and you can pick up a package of them for a couple dollars at the grocery store or online.
What makes these special is the perfect balance between oatmeal, peanut butter, m&m’s and chocolate chips.
They aren’t overly oatmeal, or overly peanut butter. It’s a subtle balance of everything, so each bite is super satisfying.
They actually remind me a lot of the mad scientist m&m oreo cookie bars my son dreamt up a few years ago.
But this recipe for chewy monster cookies is definitely softer and chewier.
If you are curious about making these gluten free I’ve had a lot of success subbing out regular flour with the Bobs Red Mill 1:1 baking flour.
But that’s really the only one I’ve been able to swap in the gluten free flour for.
The Secret To Soft Monster Cookies
It’s really easy. Wait for it…
I feel like I hyped that up to be more impressive. But really, under baking your cookies is the secret to a soft and chewy cookie.
Think about what happens when you bake them a bit too long, the timer went off and you were off settling the great debate on who had what toy first.
You go to eat one of those “I didn’t hear the timer” cookies the next day and they are so ridiculously dry.
So set your timer a minute or two shorter. Or in this case i’ve already taken care of that in my timing below.
If you are not all about extra soft and chewy cookie perfection, then add a minute or two.
I went through a stint where my cookies just kept coming out flat.
It was around the same time that I befriended a pastry chef and she shared with me all her cookie secrets. And the cookie scoop was her biggest tip!
That Christmas she gifted me a cookie scoop, which looks like a smaller version of an ice cream scoop.
Seriously, it has changed the cookie game for me.
So if you were wondering how my little monster cookies were just so perfect and puffy and round, it’s thanks to my cookie scoop.
I also bake my cookies on parchment paper and make sure to cream my butter and sugar 5 minutes, scraping down the sides every few minutes, which helps a lot.
If you’ve been struggling with flat cookies just try these couple tricks and see if it helps!
Leave a comment below and let me know if this was the magic trick for you, I love hearing from everyone!
More Cookie Recipe Inspiration
- S’mores Cookies – when you can’t make real life s’mores over a bonfire this is the next best thing!
- Chewy Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars – If you love peanut butter these are filled with it, creamy peanut butter and peanut butter chips
- Mad Scientist M&M’s Oreo Cookie Bars – There are so many treats in these cookie bars, mms, oreos and marshmallows
- Caramel Apple White Chocolate Blondies – reminiscent of a fall favorite treat, the caramel apple
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Monster Cookies Extra Soft and Chewy
- 1/2 c butter
- 1/4 c white sugar
- 1/2 c brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 c peanut butter
- 1 c flour
- 1 c oats
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 c semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 c mms + a handful more after baking
- candy google eyes
- Preheat oven to 350
- Cream the butter, white sugar and brown sugar together for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl every minute or two
- Add the eggs, vanilla and peanut butter to the mixing bowl
- Stir until combined
- In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking soda and salt
- Add the oats to the dry ingredients
- Pour the dry ingredients in to the mixing bowl, mix
- Add the chocolate chips and m&m’s, stir to combine
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Use a cookie scoop to place the cookie dough on to the cookie sheet
- Press 1 or 2 candy google eyes on to the top of each cookie
- Bake for 10 minutes
- Upon removal from the oven, carefully add extra m&m’s to each cookie by pressing them in
- Transfer the cookies to a wire rack
- Repeat until all monster cookies are baked