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Published on June 01, 2021

monster cookie

Recipe: Make-Them-Your-Way Monster Cookies

Cookies are a convenient and delicious dessert option for any summer gathering.

You can use the basic cookie dough recipe below, and then customize your approach by picking mixed-in treats that you most like.

You can make a hearty and more nutritious cookie for a day of adventure and hiking by using nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Or you can stick with the classic combo of M&Ms and chocolate chips for a family-friendly day at the park. It’s up to you – they’re delicious no matter what you do.

Make-Them-Your-Way Monster Cookies

Makes about 30 cookies


  • ½ cup (1 stick) salted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup quick oats
  • 1½ cups of mixed-in additions, which can include any combination of dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, raisins), chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), chocolate candy or baking chips such as peanut butter, semi-sweet chocolate or toffee pieces.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. In a large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix in peanut butter, egg and vanilla.
  3. Slowly add baking soda and flour, do not over-mix.
  4. Add quick oats and 1½ cups of addition mix-ins until just incorporated. Rolls balls of about 2 tablespoons of dough.
  5. Place balls on prepared baking sheet, and bake for 11-13 minutes.
  6. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.

Nutrition facts will vary depending on mix-ins. Each cookie without additions has 110 calories; 6.5 grams of fat; 11 grams of total carbohydrate; and 2 grams of protein.

Source: Lauren Cornay, RD, LN, a registered dietitian at Avera Heart Hospital. Learn how to get more of her recipes and information.

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