I have no problem admitting that I have kind of skipped all things Pinterest for quite some time here recently. I don’t even really miss it all that much.
But then, sometimes I think about doing things that I had pinned long ago. One of those things happens to be these monster cookies and they are DELICIOUS!
This recipe is kind of like your basic peanut butter cookie recipe, but you add oats, which give these cookies just a bit of a different touch. Before the oats are added, the dough is a bit stickier than regular peanut butter cookie dough. When the oats were added, that stickiness was soaked up and it became like any other cookie dough you have probably made before.
The original recipe called for M&Ms and semi-sweet chocolate chips, but I put my own spin on that. I always seem to have leftover extras from recipes I have made, so I searched my baking basket and found some remnants of mini M&Ms, some semi-sweet chocolate chips and some peanut butter chips. I poured all of that deliciousness into the dough and got baking.
I used my Pampered Chef mini scoop, so they were shaped like a ball. I thought that would go away as they baked, but it didn’t. The first tray of them maintained that shape, even after they cooled. When the other trays came out of the oven, I smushed them down with my mini spatula so they looked more like cookies than a plastic scoop of ice cream that you might find in your niece’s kitchen set (that girl has fed me that ice cream cone a LOT of times!).
Scoop-shaped or flattened, they were tasty!
The website where I found this has a lot of bloggy nonsense before the recipe. I mean, who even wants to read the blog…just skip right to the recipe, right? Well, maybe next time you come to this page you can skip right to it. I kind of scammed you into reading my bloggy nonsense already.
And now…the reason why you really came to this page to begin with…
- 1/2 cup (1 stick ) softened butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 and 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 cup quick oats (not instant or whole-rolled oats)
- 3/4 cup M&Ms (any size or variety)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
(The beauty of this recipe is that you can put whatever kind of M&Ms and chips you want in there. I didn’t measure any of the ones I put in there.)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
1. Cream butter and sugars at medium speed for about 3 minutes.
2. Add the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla, one at a time.
3. Slowly mix in baking soda and flour.
4. Fold in the quick oats and chocolate chips/M&Ms. (If needed, chill the dough for 30 minutes before scooping onto the cookie sheet)
5. Bake for 9-10 minutes. Do not over-bake. Let them cool on a wire rack.
(The original recipe suggested that they last up to a week and that they freeze well. I will caution you that if you want to have these in a week after baking them, you better bake more because they probably won’t last that long)
I forgot to take a picture of the finished product. You can pretty much imagine what they look like.