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Not-Quite-Monster Cookies

By , from the Culinate Kitchen collection


A friend pressed this recipe into my hand (OK, sent it in an email from her iPhone) and said it was the best cookie recipe ever. I was intrigued because it’s a flourless oatmeal cookie. When I adapted the recipe, I left out the M&Ms and increased the chocolate chips; I also lessened the total amount of sugar, but increased the brown sugar by 1/2 cup. The cookies are plenty sweet and nicely chewy — every bit as delicious as she promised.


3 eggs
cups packed light brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. vanilla extract
cups crunchy peanut butter
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup chocolate chips
¼ cup raisins, optional
2 tsp. baking soda
cups rolled oats


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a very large mixing bowl, cream the eggs and sugars together with an electric mixer. Add salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. With a spatula, mix to blend well. Add chocolate chips, raisins, baking soda, and oats. Stir until everything is combined.
  3. With a tablespoon, scoop up cookie batter and drop onto cookie sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.


If you prefer dried cranberries to raisins, feel free to use them. Also, if you prefer to use creamy peanut butter, that’s OK, too.

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Average Rating 4.5
85% recommend this recipe
1. by Maggi on Mar 5, 2008 at 1:25 PM PST

Ooooh. I’ll bet subbing dried cherries for the raisins would be good too!

2. by cafemama on Mar 14, 2008 at 10:00 PM PDT

kim, i took vast liberties with this recipe so i could make it without sugar, and they were delicious. everett eats them with honey on top, to compensate for the low sugar :) thanks for the recipe!

3. by meerastvargo on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:55 PM PDT

I baked these and took them to work and they were gobbled up! I subbed part of a bar of chopped (super dark) chocolate for 1/2 the chocolate chips because I didn’t have enough chips.

4. by anonymous on Dec 20, 2008 at 5:21 PM PST
Rating: four

I made these tonight. Yum and Great Success! I guess mine aren’t really monster cookies. I didn’t have enough oats and added enough flour to make it into a consistent cookie dough (2-1/4 oats + 1-1/2 cups of flour--was surprised it worked so well). Still really, really, really good.

5. by Jessie Voigts on Jan 13, 2010 at 7:59 PM PST
Rating: five

YUM. these look fantastic!!

6. by Rachel Neeley on Sep 16, 2010 at 10:54 AM PDT

Excellent recipe! I made them into bar cookies and cooked them for about 25 minutes. Very very good.

7. by Sara_Callejas on Nov 17, 2014 at 3:27 AM PST

They look awesome! And making them in bars is a wonderful idea! Thank you :)

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