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Monster cookies are the Frankenstein’s monster of the cookie world – a mashup of peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips and M&Ms. This recipe is different from other monster cookie bites or balls because these cookies also have a yummy layer of chocolate on the top!
INGREDIENTS for NO BAKE MONSTER COOKIES
You will need:
- 6 tablespoons of butter, softened
- 6 tablespoons of sugar
- ¼ cup of brown sugar
- ¾ cup of creamy peanut butter
- 6 tablespoons of quick cooking oats, pulsed in food processor
- 1½ cups quick cooking oats, not pulsed in the food processor
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- 10 tablespoons of miniature M&Ms, divided
- 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
Quick Cooking Oats: You can use old fashioned rolled oats instead, but the cookies won’t be quite as soft as if you use quick cooking oats
Chocolate Chips: As these will be melted, you could use regular chocolate broken into pieces rather than chocolate chips
Miniature M&Ms: If you can’t get hold of the mini M&Ms, you could use the full-size ones instead
Sugar: The brown sugar makes this recipe softer and more moist, but it’s fine to just use white sugar if that’s what you have. Honey would be another good alternative to sugar
Peanut Butter: Other nut butters such as almond butter could be used for this recipe if needed
HOW TO MAKE this NO BAKE MONSTER COOKIES recipe
STEP ONE: Line an 8-inch baking dish with foil or parchment paper.
STEP TWO: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add the peanut butter and mix well.
STEP THREE: Place six tablespoons of cooking oats into a food processor and pulse until finely ground.
PRO TIP: If you don’t have a food processor, you can use six tablespoons of all-purpose flour instead of the oats.
STEP FOUR: Add the ground oats (or flour) to the mixing bowl with the sugar and peanut butter mixture. Add the vanilla and salt.
STEP FIVE: Slowly add the one and a half cups of oats and the half cup of M&Ms to the mixture, stirring as you go.
STEP SIX: Press the mixture into the baking dish.
STEP SEVEN: Melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small bowl in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate is smooth, spread it over the cookie dough mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining two tablespoons of M&Ms.
STEP EIGHT: Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours or until set. Cut into squares and serve.
IN THE FRIDGE: You can store these monster cookie bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
IN THE FREEZER: Monster cookies freeze well for up to three months in an airtight container. Thaw overnight in the fridge.
No bake monster cookies are so easy to make – this is the perfect recipe for kids and adults to make together. Loaded with oats and peanut butter, these monster cookie bites are great for a high-energy snack as well as a sweet treat.
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No Bake Monster Cookies
- 6 tbsp butter softened
- 6 tbsp sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
- 6 tbsp quick cooking oats pulsed in food processor
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats not pulsed in the food processor
- 10 tbsp miniature M&M's divided
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 3 tbsp heavy cream
- Prepare an 8-inch baking dish by lining it with either foil or parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. Add peanut butter and mix well.
- Add in the 6 tablespoons of quick cooking oats (pulsed in food processor), vanilla, and salt. Slowly add the 1½ cups of oats. Fold in ½ cup of M&M’s.
- Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
- Melt the chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small bowl in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once the chocolate is smooth, spread it over the cookie dough mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of M&M’s.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until set. Cut into squares.