I first had this cookie as an adult. While I was engaged and living down at West Point, I went to a Chi Alpha meeting and someone had made these cookies. I was in love with them from first bite. I looked for the recipe online and in cookbooks for years, but did not know what they were called. I just remember I thought the were something to do with "everything but the kitchen sink" because they had candies, choc. chips, raisins, oatmeal and peanut butter in them, which to me, seemed like everything but the kitchen sink. But no, they are called Monster Cookies, I guess because they are supposed to be huge? Or maybe they are fit for a cookie monster? I don't make them huge, but this recipe does make a ton of them! And while they do have 2 cups of sugar and a stick of butter... there is no flour in them, only oatmeal and lots of peanut butter. So they are a little healthy, right? But, I don't care, because they are really yummy! :)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 stick butter (softened)
- 12 oz peanut butter ( maybe 1 1/4 cups ish)
- 1/2 cup choc. chips (let your cup runneth over!)
- 1/2 cup m&m's (whoops! some extras fell in!)
- 1/4 c. raisins (ish) (opt.)
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 4 1/2 cups oatmeal (not instant, but old fashioned)
Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheets with parchment or silicone mats. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs and sugars. Mix until well combined. Add corn syrup, vanilla, salt, peanut butter and butter and mix well until all butter is incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips, m&m's, rasins, oats, and baking soda. Mix until all combined, scraping bottom of bowl well. Batter will be sticky and clumpy.
Drop by tablespoons (or spoonfuls) onto prepared cookie sheets. A cookie scoop works fabulous for these cookies.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Do not overbake though. Remove from oven and let stand on cookie sheet about 5 minutes before trasferring to wire racks to cool. They freeze very well!
** can add 1/2 c. butterscotch chips for variation, or white choc. chips or even chopped pecans! **