Ok, so I know this is not particularly a new recipe here on Sweet Anna’s, but it is a perfected one and something you should make ASAP.
Monster cookies are the perfect cookies for cookie exchanges, mailing treats, giving away to neighbors and friends… they are naturally gluten-free* and they freeze beautifully, so they make great gifts.
I have been making these for years (and so have most of my family members!) and I think I finally perfected them one step further!
With the addition of Christmasy mini-m&ms, a little more coconut for extra moisture, and a smaller, shareable size, these really are perfect holiday baking cookies.
Best of all, this is my small-batch recipe, which suits my life much better than the regular huge batch.
This ‘small’ batch makes about 9 dozen cookies, using about a tablespoon of dough (small cookie scoop), so still plenty to share, just a little bit more manageable on a regular basis.
If you’d like to make the bigger batch, click here for the original recipe!
*These cookies have no flour in them, so they are naturally gluten-free! If you have a gluten allergy, make sure you use certified gluten-free oats.
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 (11oz) bag mini Christmas (red & green) m&ms
Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
Cream together the butter, peanut butter and sugars. Mix in the eggs, vanilla and baking soda until smooth. Mix in the oats, and then the rest of the ingredients until combined.
Drop by rounded tablespoons or use a medium scoop onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten slightly with a fork dipped in cold water. Press a few of the reserved m&ms into the top of the cookies that have no m&ms showing.
Bake for 7-9 minutes, until just set and barely golden brown around the edges.
These cookies are best slightly under-done, so err on the side of taking them out too soon rather than letting them get overdone!