October 15, 2019

No-Bake Monster Cookies

A simple, easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with quick-cooking oats topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms.


Husband and our oldest are in Canada visiting family. And I am OVER IT. At first I thought it would be a fun change of pace for it to just be me and the younger kiddos for a few days… we’d eat at restaurants Daddy doesn’t like, we’d watch movies they pick out, we’d all sleep in the "big bed".

Well, we’ve eaten enough Chinese food to feed a small village, we’ve watched the movies and every night has been a slumber party in my room and now I just want my man home!

We’re one of those annoying couples who do everything together. We both go to the kids’ practices together (unless we’re having to divide and conquer). We run errands together. We tackle everything we do together.

No-Bake Monster Cookies! A simple, easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with quick-cooking oats topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms. #monster #cookies #nobake

Those are really the only opportunities we have to spend time with each other, so we take advantage of them. Well, Ms. Independent here thought she wouldn’t skip a beat with him gone for a few days but Ima tell ya, I miss him and I want him BACK.

The one good thing that came from it was that I had some free time to knock out a few recipes for y’all. The first one I want to share with you is my no-bake version of Monster Cookies!


No-Bake Monster Cookies! A simple, easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with quick-cooking oats topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms. #monster #cookies #nobake

WHAT ARE MONSTER COOKIES?

Monster cookies are made with a flour, peanut butter and rolled-oat base (sort of a mash-up of traditional chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and oatmeal cookies) with M&Ms and chocolate chips mixed in and/or placed on top.

There are flourless versions of the recipe as well as slab or bar versions wherein the batter is cooked in a sheet pan then cut into squares.

No-Bake Monster Cookies! A simple, easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with quick-cooking oats topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms. #monster #cookies #nobake

I was thinking of making some and started going over the ingredients in my head to see if I had what I needed to make them… peanut butter, oats, butter, sugar… check, check, check, check…

Then I had the best idea! These are the same ingredients I use in my No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookies! I decided to make my no-bakes then just top them with M&Ms and chocolate chips to make NO-BAKE Monster Cookies!!

This entire batch of cookies was DONE in under 20 minutes. BOOM! DONE! The kids were ecstatic to have freshly made cookies and I was tickled with myself for thinking of a new recipe! Especially one that I didn’t have to turn the oven on for!

No-Bake Monster Cookies! A simple, easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with quick-cooking oats topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms. #monster #cookies #nobake

TIPS FOR MAKING NO-BAKE COOKIES

  • No-bake cookies can be persnickety. If you don’t boil the mixture long enough, they won’t set up. If you boil it too long, they will be crumbly. Boil the mixture exactly one minute for perfect, tender cookies.
  • Only use REAL butter.
  • Old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats can be used but quick-cooking oats make for softer cookies and are usually preferred.
  • Line a work surface with parchment paper and have the oats measured and ready in your mixing bowl before starting the recipe. You need to be able to move to each step of the recipe without delay to ensure your cookie dough sets up properly.

No-Bake Monster Cookies! A simple, easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with quick-cooking oats topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms. #monster #cookies #nobake

If you love no-bake cookie recipes, be sure to check out my recipe for Triple Chocolate No-Bake Cookies too!


No-Bake Monster Cookies


No-Bake Monster Cookies
Yield: 32-36 Cookies
Author:
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 5 Mtotal time: 15 M
A simple, easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with quick-cooking oats topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms.

ingredients:

  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 stick REAL butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup mini M&Ms

instructions:

How to cook No-Bake Monster Cookies

  1. Line a work surface with parchment paper. Add the quick-cooking oats to a large mixing bowl then set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar, salt and milk then bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently. Once boiling, cook mixture for 1 full minute. Remove from heat immediately. Do not let mixture boil longer than 1 minute.
  3. Add peanut butter and vanilla to the saucepan then stir until peanut butter is melted. Pour mixture into the mixing bowl with oats then gently stir until well combined.
  4. Using a cookie scoop or two tablespoons (I use a 1½ inch cookie scoop), scoop portions of dough onto parchment paper. Flatten each cookie portion slightly to resemble the shape of a traditional baked cookie.
  5. Once all the dough has been portioned out, starting with the first cookie and working through to the last (coolest to warmest), place M&Ms and chocolate chips onto each cookie (see notes for tips).
  6. Allow cookies to completely cool and set-up then move to an air-tight container to store.

NOTES:

If you add the chocolate chips and M&Ms too soon, they will melt. Scoop out all the cookies then, starting with the first cookie you scooped (the coolest) and working through to the last, place the chips and candy onto the cookies, pressing down just slightly. The cookies will still be soft enough to work with but not so hot that everything melts. Make a test cookie – if the chocolate chips start to melt and lose their shape, wait a minute then try again.
The cookie base is very sweet so I highly recommend using semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips (instead of milk chocolate) to balance the sweetness a little.
If you don’t have parchment paper, a clean, dry counter will work as well but you may need a spatula to move the cookies.
No-bake cookies can be persnickety. If you don’t boil the mixture long enough, they won’t set up. If you boil it too long, they will be crumbly. This recipe is exactly how I make all my no-bake cookies. Follow it and you should be A-OK.
Only use real butter.
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A simple, easy no-bake peanut butter cookie recipe with quick-cooking oats topped with chocolate chips and M&Ms. #monster #cookies #nobake


2 comments:

  1. Welcome back to posting! I've missed your stories and recipes. Will be making these babies over the weekend.

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    1. It's good to be back! The kids have had me hopping all summer with baseball and softball!

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