Monster Cookies

Joel Walker, Associate Creative Director

The holidays are a time to reflect on how little we eat during other parts of the year. Monster Cookies are a hearty sweet tooth tradition in my family that helps to ensure that our bellies and hearts are always full.


  • 1½ cups chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4¾ cups cooking oats
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup plain holiday-themed M&M milk chocolate candies


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the peanut butter, sugars, and butter with an electric mixer until well combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the oats and baking soda. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Gather a slightly-larger-than-golfball-size bit of dough, pressing it together as you drop it onto your parchment-papered baking sheet. Be sure not to make a perfect golfball. Bake 13–15 minutes or until they’re golden on top. They should be about 3 inches in diameter when baked.
  4. Immediately after you pull them out of the oven, press 4–5 M&Ms into the gooey dough, whatever can fit. Cool 5 minutes to allow the cookie to bind before transferring to a cooling rack. Cool thoroughly and store in your favorite holiday container or serve on your most festive holiday dish.