Patriotic Monster Cookies #SundaySupper

With Memorial Day approaching, it was time to bake up some festive, patriotic recipes to grace our picnic table. These irresistible Patriotic Monster Cookies are chewy peanut butter oatmeal cookies chock full of  red, white and blue M&M’s and chocolate chips.Patriotic Monster Cookies | Peanut butter oatmeal cookies chockful of M&M's and chocolate chips

Cookies Decked Out for the Holiday

Hot dogs and apple pie are classic Americana as far as foods go. Plus anything red, white and blue. I’ve made those desserts topped with blueberries and raspberries to look like an American flag,  s’mores desserts and grilled a slew of burgers and dogs. When the Sunday Supper crew decided to make patriotic foods for this coming Memorial Day, I remembered these festive monster cookies dotted with red, white and blue.

My mom introduced my sisters and me to these cookies in the ’70’s. Her recipe was huge, calling for 2 pounds of peanut butter and nuts in addition to the chocolate. Extras were stored in our deep freeze and we were known to munch on them frozen. They were dubbed “monster” cookies due to their massive size–which our teenage metabolism could handle quite well. This is a scaled down version–and one where you don’t have to calculate how many cups are in a pound of peanut butter! These cookies are super chewy and outrageously delicious.

Patriotic Monster Cookies | Peanut butter oatmeal cookies chockful of M&M's and chocolate chips #SundaySupperTips of the Day:

  • Use a cookie disher to scoop out consistent size dough balls.
  • Roll between the palms of your hands to make dough balls more symmetrical (chilling the dough first makes this easier)
  • If your cookies come out of the oven misshapen, hold onto the cookie sheet using an oven mitt and with the other hand, use a spatula to reshape the hot cookies into rounds.
  • M&M’s tend to crack in the oven, so reserve what’s left in your bag to press into the hot out of the oven cookies for a more professional look.
  • Use other color combinations depending on the time of year—red and green at Christmas, black and orange for Halloween.

 

Patriotic Monster Cookies | Peanut butter oatmeal cookies chockful of M&M's and chocolate chips #SundaySupper

More Patriotic Recipes from My Sunday Supper Friends:

Food Using One Color
Red Food

White Food

Blue Food

Food Using Two Colors
Red and White Food

Blue and White Food

Red, White and Blue Food

Our Newest Family Member!

Isabelle

I “thought” I signed up for this week’s Sunday Supper, but I goofed. I could blame this on the newest addition to our family, Miss Isabelle, or Izzy. She’s now 8 weeks old, darling as can be, but full of mischief. She was pulling out markers from my cookbooks as well as chewing on them, so I removed all temptation from the bottom of the above bookshelf. She decided it was the perfect spot to perch. I’m sure Izzy will be making a few more appearances on the blog.Patriotic Monster Cookies | Peanut butter oatmeal cookies chockful of M&M's and chocolate chips

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Patriotic Monster Cookies #SundaySupper
 
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Peanut butter oatmeal cookies full of chocolate chips and M&M's
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Recipe type: Cookies, Dessert
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon light corn syrup
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4½ cups regular oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup red, white, and blue M&M's, plus more to garnish
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line baking sheets with parchment and set aside.
  2. Beat brown sugar, sugar and butter at low speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, peanut butter, vanilla and salt beating until combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and M&M's.
  3. Scoop out rounded tablespoonfuls (or use medium sized cookie disher) onto prepared baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Comments

  1. How creative and delicious! Your new family member looks so so adorable!

  2. Lizzy these cookies are really lovely !:)
    xo

  3. Ohh Izzy is sooo cute just adorable.
    I want see more pictures of her:)))

  4. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Izzy is adorable! I see no mischief in those eyes at all:@) Happy Memorial Day Liz-enjoy!

  5. I like these cookies and really great tips!

  6. So glad to have a “smaller” version of this delicious cookie (my recipe is the big one). Izzy is so darling – can’t wait to see more pictures of her. Happy Memorial Day weekend to you and yours!

  7. Apart from being adorable these cookies sounds like a great sweet snacks!

  8. Great idea to combine peanut butter with the oatmeal. I might be tempted to go back to Mom’s way of doing them…as monster cookies but that’s because I know how much I am going to LOVE making these.

    Izzy is adorable and I have a feeling you may have to remove a couple shelves on that case as your baby girl gets bigger!

  9. These look so festive and fun. Thanks for the tip re the m & m pieces cracking in the oven, I didn’t know that. What is it with puppies and their love of pulling out bookmarks?? So cute and endearing when they do that, they feel so accomplished at having scored that bookmark! xo for Izzy.

  10. What a great idea for a cookie to bring to a potluck. I love seeing all the pictures of Izzy. She is so adorable.

  11. These are such festive cookies and Izzy is melting my heart! 🙂

  12. These cookies look so pretty and festive, Liz! Love oatmeal and peanut butter together. And oh my goodness, Izzy is so so adorable! Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day! 🙂

  13. These are adorable and Izzy’s pictures always brighten my day on instagram.

  14. Peanut butter and oatmeal cookies are just the best. And what a great patriotic touch with the chocolates. Our puppy is now 9 months old, and it seems like yesterday that she was just 8 weeks old, taking over our household. Your puppy is adorable, and yes, you have lots of antics with her ahead of you. Love her little perch there.

  15. Gosh, Izzy is so cute! How could you ever get mad at a face like that? She’s gonna be a little bit of trouble, I can tell 😉 Thank goodness you have a plethora of cookies! These look great – love monster cookies.

  16. What a lovely way to celebrate those who have sacrificed so much for us. Our memorial day is in November (Nov 11 to be exact) and it’s called Remembrance Day, celebrated by buying a poppy from a vet and pinning it to our jackets and coats. At the 11th hour of the 11th month of the 11th Day — literally everything stops for one full minute of silence and then they play a recording of In Flander’s Fields. It’s quite moving.
    Your cookies look wonderful, love the coloured smarties!

  17. You know I saved this cookie recipe, Liz! Every time I make a batch of cookies as seen at That Skinny Chick Can Bake, the compliments come pouring in! =)

  18. oooh I adore the texture of these monster cookies!

  19. These are super fun and who doesn’t like a monster cookie.

  20. Very patriotic cookies Liz! Happy Memorial Day to you!

  21. Izzy is so cute! I’m sure she’s a fun addition to your family. These cookies look like a lot of fun too.

  22. I’m not sure what my kids would go gaga for more: Izzy or these cookies! Both, I guess! Izzy is just too cute!

  23. Lizzy,
    Great monster cookies.
    Izzy is adorable. I wish I could have a play date with her, I look forward to seeing more of her.
    Annamaria

  24. I’m looking forward to trying these cookies and seeing more of Izzy!

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