If you thought it wasn't possible to make healthier monster cookies, think again. These peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chip and M&M cookies have less butter and sugar than traditional recipes, but they have just as much flavor and tenderness, thanks to more peanut butter. Even better, they're made in one bowl for easy cleanup.

Carolyn Casner
Source: EatingWell.com, November 2017


Recipe Summary

20 mins
1 hr


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.

  • Beat peanut butter, butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. Sprinkle oats, baking soda and salt evenly on top of the dough and beat on low speed until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Roll level tablespoons of the dough into balls and place on the prepared baking sheet, making 12 cookies per batch. Press 3 or 4 candy-coated chocolates into the top of each cookie.

  • Bake until barely brown on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining batter and candy-coated chocolates.


To make ahead: Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; protein 5.8g; carbohydrates 19.9g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 12.2g; fat 17.3g; saturated fat 6.6g; cholesterol 47.1mg; vitamin a iu 233.1IU; folate 8.4mcg; calcium 21.9mg; iron 0.8mg; magnesium 14.9mg; potassium 74.5mg; sodium 171.6mg; added sugar 7g.

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Rating: 4 stars
These cookies are quite good for such a simple recipe. Tasty and fairly healthy. Yum! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
I make a variation of this cookie less sugar and no candy. Lots of sugar free dried fruits and salt free nuts and homemade applesauce. They are a little different each time as I make these when I want to use up all the little bits and pieces. When my Children were younger we made left over Halloween cookies! Once they were old enough to bake alone they preferred your recipe!! They still do as does their Father! The Grand Children also out grew Grandma's healthy....raf Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love this recipe so much. My mom made me so many batches of monster cookies (with gluten-free oats) right after I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. It was such a nice treat that didn't have that "gluten-free" taste or texture. Just a delicious homemade cookie from my mom Read More