Recipe for Monster Cookies

Mmmm…peanut butter, M&M’s, chocolate chips, and oats combine to make the richest and most satisfying cookies you have ever had! Monster Cookies get their name from the large size of the cookie and the massive amount of deliciousness in each one! I keep this recipe in strong rotation, and I am always asked if I will share the recipe.

You can serve a crowd with this recipe and so I often make these monster cookies for potluck gatherings, tailgate parties, summer get-togethers with friends, and as treat to share with teachers or family and friends. The oatmeal and peanut butter make them a hearty sweet treat- they seem almost like a meal in itself! :). I definitely suggest a glass of milk to go with it! These cookies are fully-loaded and so, so good!

I actually just made these as a “Back to School” treat for my kids- they will be a great pick-me-up to pack in their lunches for school. A special little perk to look forward to and enjoy while they are also trying to get their school groove back in gear. My kids always seem to have a little bit of an adjustment from the summer freedom of eating when you’re hungry to the school year scheduled eating times. My son, especially, eats so much more during the days at home than he can when he’s at school. I am glad this is filling- it will help him get through that first week!

I love being able to share the recipe for these super-popular cookies! My friend, Heather, introduced me to them so long ago~ and they have been a staple in our house ever since. I hope you enjoy them, too!! Here is a quick photo of the ingredients that we gather before we start (my kids love helping me make these- and now can actually make them all on their own).

MONSTER COOKIES

1 CUP BUTTER

3 CUPS PEANUT BUTTER

2 CUPS WHITE SUGAR

1/4 CUP LIGHT KARO SYRUP

4 teaspoons BAKING SODA

1/4 teaspoon SALT

2 teaspoons VANILLA

6 EGGS

CREAM ALL INGREDIENTS AND ADD~

8-10 CUPS OATS (I suggest Quaker Old Fashioned Oats instead of Quick Oats)

12 OZ. CHOCOLATE CHIPS

12 OZ. M &M s

Scoop 1/4 cup for each cookie and drop on cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Depending on your oven, you may need to cook longer. The tops and edges should be golden brown when the cookies are done. Don’t overcook – the cookies will be dry.

Enjoy!

Here are a couple of other photos that I took when I served them- I have these small and really great wicker trays from Society Social that I use when I want to serve the kids something and make it a little more special. Anything works- but I also love these trays because they can bring all of the dishes to the sink and dishwasher at once when it is time to clean up! That way, nothing is “accidentally” forgotten when they put away their dishes. 🙂 I used flowers and lots of colors for my daughter and then used red, blue, and yellow for my son. He probably doesn’t notice that I change it for him, because the cookies are all he really cares about! Ha! I can’t blame him!

You can also see how I used this recipe for a Fourth of July picnic here. It was one of my very first recipes I shared when I started blogging- so beware…it is equal parts funny and cringe -y (as my kids would say) to see the original posts on my blog. I love to see the progress this little blog has made over the years. Lol! Thank you for being here and for helping me grow! I really hope you love what you find here at The Party Wagon!

Also, these cookies freeze well! If you make more than you need, or if you just want to save some for later…you can freeze these for a few months. Just take out to thaw and then enjoy all over again! Cheers, Friends!

XO,

Lydia

the Giving Tree

I am often asked…”can you suggest a unique teacher gift?”  Or, “…what can I do to show teachers that I appreciate them when we have many teachers and the budget is tight?  I often suggest taking in a home-baked treat on a pretty platter and sharing it for the grade level.  This way all of the teachers enjoy the treat, and they know that you are thinking of them!  And, if you want to splurge a little… offer hand-decorated cookies made by you or ordered from a bake shop.   Take a look at these cookies by Sweet Creations by Debbie and imagine how amazed teachers/librarians would be to enjoy these little works of art…

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Apple Birthday Party

An Apple Party during autumn just makes the change in seasons all the more fun!  With a crispness to the air, everyone has apples on their minds!  Kristin, of Paige Simple, shares a gorgeous Apple Party set among the apple trees- beautiful inspiration for a birthday, fall fun, or just because it’s apple season!  Enjoy!

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Back to School Party

As the children gear up for another fun year of learning, host an easy play date or party for a small gathering to send them off in style!  There is so much excitement in the air when school is about to start, and a Back to School Party is the perfect way to channel the energy while playing with friends!  Sweet Threads Clothing brings you these fun ideas for keeping it simple and cute! 

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Back to School

As the children are getting excited about heading back to school, send them off with these fun, tasty treats from the always-amazing Norene of Party Pinching!  Norene always comes up with such creative ways to celebrate an occasion and keeps in mind “easy and cost-friendly”!  Grab an apple and enjoy…you will definitely want to take notes! 

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A Garden of Gift Ideas

I loved getting to spend some time with Luci Furlow of Seasonal Color Greenhouses, Inc. to come up with some gift ideas!  Luci has planted beautiful pots for me for teacher gifts, and I wanted to share a few ideas with you!I love how beautiful this pink geranium is- and how perfect it looks planted and tied with a bow!  A great gift to last through the summer and to brighten anyone’s day!

If you have several teachers to buy for, these adorable little buckets filled with a flowering plant or an herb make a great gift idea!  Here, we used basil and mint.  I love how the herbs can be planted and used forever!

A sweet note to the teacher that says, “We were “mint” to be together!  I will miss you!”  would be a cute addition.  Or, “You were “mint” to be my teacher!  I love you!”  You could also add your favorite recipe that includes mint (or any herb of your choice). 

I also love how Luci shows how easily you can create a thoughtful gift for a teacher or hostess (or birthday, or housewarming, etc.) using a geranium, a container of your choice, and ribbon…

QUICK AND BEAUTIFUL!

Luci emphasizes how easy it is to create a great gift in a short amount of time by using plants and simple containers. 

Seasonal Color Greenhouses is a wholesale distributor throughout the southeast that is owned by Luci and Mack Furlow.  In addition to their wholesale distribution, they offer a unique service that you can enjoy at home.  Luci will plant your garden containers and/or porch containers and you can, literally, enjoy seasonal colors year round.  Luci offers on-site container plantings or will pick up, plant, and deliver!

She even does front doors!!

THANK YOU, LUCI AND MACK, FOR SHARING YOUR GREENHOUSE WITH US- AND YOUR GIFT IDEAS!

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