Recipe! “Monster Cookies” for your Little Monsters

Monster cookies are delicious — and this recipe can feed a crowd.

My little guy was so proud to bring a heaping plate of Monster Cookies to his day care recently. Most of the children loved them, but one little boy refused to take a taste, insisting he did not want to eat something that had monsters hidden inside.

Rest assured, there are no monsters in Monster Cookies. This recipe instead was a classic in my hometown — every 5th grade science class made a batch of the cookies, named for the monstrous amount of cookies it makes. Four or five kids would work on a batch together, and each would have dozens to take home by the end of our “experiment.”

What’s wonderful about these cookies is that they’re loaded with fun ingredients that the smallest of kids can enjoy mixing in — oats, chocolate chips, M&Ms. And the end result is a delicious cookie that will stay fresh for a very long time.

The version I’m sharing below is actually a scaled-down, half batch, and it still makes 8 to 9 dozen cookies. Feel free to double or triple the recipe if you have a monstrous crowd on your hands!

Monster Cookies

2 ¼ cups (1 ½ lbs.) peanut butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups brown sugar
6 eggs
½ Tbs. light Karo syrup
½ Tbs. vanilla
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. baking soda
½ lb. (2 sticks) butter
9 cups (1 ¼ lbs.) quick oats
½ lb. (1 cup) chocolate chips
½ lb. (1 cup) M & M candies
Mix all ingredients. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees, being careful not to overbake. Let set on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes, then cool the rest of the way on a wire rack or wax paper.
Tip: Since this recipe makes so much, some people freeze ½ inch balls of the raw cookie dough in seal bags or Tupperware to quickly take out and bake later on.
Yield: 8 to 9 dozen
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