Monster Cookies

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The concept of “being a good neighbor” is a totally different idea in the country than in the city or suburbs. First, and most obviously, you’ve got distance on your side. Our little chunk of Southern Indiana countryside is definitely becoming more populated, but even still, our closest neighbors are a good 1/4 mile away. There’s no prying eyes or too loud music. Fences make for good neighbors? Nah, I think having a nine acre buffer makes for good neighbors.

The other thing that is a major difference in the country neighborly relationship is something I like to call friendly avoidance. We all know one another exist. But, for the most part, we stay out of one another’s way. We might not speak or even see one of our neighbors for months and months at a time. There is no popping over to borrow a cup of sugar (unless you want to uh, probably get shot or eaten by a dog). There are no block parties (ha! what blocks?). We co-exist without really co-existing. Again, the joys of having a nine acre bubble.

Monster Cookies

The great part about everyone having their own space (both physically and mentally), is that there are rarely any ruffled feathers. And that means, that when someone in the area needs help, the neighbors turn up in droves. We might not have spoken since last summer, but if your horse got out or your kid ran away or a tornado knocked your roof off (real world example there)—you’ve got friends. People in the big cities do a lot of making fun of us country folks, and there are a lot of country ideals I don’t subscribe too, but being there for your fellow human when they’re in need? That’s something I can get behind.

Monster Cookies

When I was growing up in this house, our closest neighbors lived at the top of the hill, and they were the sweetest family. My family and theirs had that kind of country neighbor relationship. We might go months without talking, but if either of us were in need, it wasn’t even a question. They babysat me when my parents were in a jam. My Dad drove in a snow storm to pick them up because he was the only one with four-wheel drive. And once a year, the Mom would drop off a plate of Monster Cookies.  She didn’t stay to chat or visit (because unannounced visitors are not why people move out to the country), she’d just drop the cookies, ask how everyone was doing, and then head back home.

Monster Cookies

Monster cookies were never something we made in our house, but I always looked forward to these giant, chewy, M&M speckled cookies from our neighbor each Christmas. The version that our neighbor made for us were huge—like dinner plate sized, I make mine a bit smaller—so I always assumed that the “monster” part of the name came from the size, but really, it comes from the fact that this is a Franken-cookie. It’s about a half-dozen different types of cookie all rolled into one delicious dessert. There’s peanut butter in there and oats and M&Ms and chocolate chips and a whole lot of sugar and butter. Some folks throw in Rice Krispies or nuts or raisins or shredded coconut. Pretty much anything you’d put in a cookie can go in Monster cookies and they’d still be delicious.

Make sure you serve these cookies with a tall glass of cold milk. These are the kind of cookies that need milk—like a perfect chocolate chip cookie or a classic peanut butter cookie. It’s not because they are dry (they’re quite gooey and moist) or crunchy (they’re soft and chewy), but because they’re rich, decadent, and full of candy add-ins that require a big swig of milk to wash them down.

Monster Cookies

If you aren’t lucky enough to have your own neighbor buffer of acres and acres, and your neighborly relationship has turned a little less than neighborly this year, might I recommend whipping up a batch of these cookies, swallowing your pride, and delivering them to the folks next door? It’s Christmas. Spread the love (And the cookies).


Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

Yield: 2 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 49 minutes

Monster Cookies are Franken-cookies that have everything but the kitchen sink in them! Feel free to add in raisins, Rice Krispies, nuts, or coconut, too!


  • 1 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 3 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup M&Ms
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar until fluffy.
  2. Add in the eggs and vanilla, and beat until mixed, scraping sides as necessary.
  3. Add in the salt, flour, and baking soda and beat until well-mixed. Add in the oats and mix on low until incorporated.
  4. Remove the bowl from the mixer, and fold in the M&Ms and chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Form the dough into 2" balls and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until the cookies are just barely browned. Let cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 cookie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 247mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g

At Wholefully, we believe that good nutrition is about much more than just the numbers on the nutrition facts panel. Please use the above information as only a small part of what helps you decide what foods are nourishing for you.

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  1. Monster cookies are my kids’ fave . . and I love hearing stories like that. . a neighbor or friend giving treats every year. . that’s so awesome. And love that you are on 9 acres! wow! I live in Wisconsin now and in our neighborhood, there are no fences at all . . so everyone basically looks into each others back yards and so you are kind of forced to be friendly with each other. . which isn’t a bad thing. . it’s kinda great. 🙂 love these cookies!

  2. I’m so excited about all your cookie recipes so far but these look amazing! I’ll be making these for a cookie exchange later on in the month!

  3. Hi Cassie,

    I’m usually a closet reader of your blog, and really enjoy it. My mouth has been watering over your last few cookie posts, then finally my three year old and I baked these today. So delicious! I wanted to write a little thank you for all the posts I’ve read and enjoyed over the last few months.

  4. These look so yummy (especially for a peanut butter fiend like me!). Glad that in spite of distance you’ve got good neighbours. Ironically, now living in apartment in the middle of a big city, I’ve never felt more distant from my neighbours — even being friendly to people in the elevator can be met with side eye. Maybe I should bake these cookies to win the neighbours over 🙂

  5. hi… not sure if you have talked about tis…. but will you be doing your monthly printable ever again???… I really loved them

  6. I love monster cookies! It’s too funny that you told the neighbor story to go with this recipe, as monster cookies were the first time I ever baked for our next door neighbors. We live in a big city, in an apartment building, so we are a totally urban family, but we have a nice neighborly relationship with our neighbors. We bake them cookies and treat them to a coffee now and then, and they leave fruit snacks and toy cars for the boys. They’ve encouraged us in this autism journey, and hugged us on Ty’s first day of school. For a big city apartment situation, it’s been a really happy neighborly relationship.