The Monster at the End of this Blog Post (Recipe: Monster Cookies)

Warning…there is a monster at the end of this blog post…

One of my favorite books as a child was The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and illustrated by Mike Smollin. Do any of you remember that book? Furry, lovable, Grover from Sesame Street reads the front cover of the book and is scared silly that at the end of the book there is going to be a monster. With each turn of the page, he grows more and more panicked and more and more irritated at the reader for continuing to turn the page. He builds walls out of bricks, nails up boards, ties ropes… anything he can to keep you from turning the page! Then, we arrive at the end of the book only to discover that Grover IS the monster at the end of the book.

Such a great and engaging story, one which has kept me from having to do the whole “Mommy, there’s a monster under my bed” scenario with my kids. When they say they are scared of monsters, I say “Are you being silly? You know that the only monsters we know about are Grover, Elmo, Zoe, etc from Sesame Street. It’d be great fun if they showed up at our house!” They usually giggle and agree and then extend their going to bed time by talking about all the different things they would do with their favorite Sesame Street monsters if they did show up here.

The monster at the end of this blog post is the same kind of monster. A good, fun, colorful monster that you will want to get to know. Monster cookies – the be all, end all of all things cookie. Monstrous because of their size. Monstrous because of your grocery bill once you buy all the ingredients. Monstrous because of the calories. Monstrous because of the flavor. Trust me though… these are one of the best monsters you will ever get to know!

Monster Cookies, from my friend Annalise Marberg

Cream together:
2 lbs Brown Sugar
1/2 cup White Sugar
12 Eggs
1 pound Butter

Next add:

  • 8 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 3 Tbs Peanut Butter
  • 18 Cups Oatmeal
  • 1 pound M&Ms chocolate coated candy
  • 1 pound milk chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbs of Vanilla
  • 1 Tbs Honey or Light Corn Syrup

Using an ice cream scoop, place dough on parchment lined cookie sheet. I recommend only cooking 6 at a time if you are doing the full size cookies as they do spread.
Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 12 – 15 minutes (I like to hold back a few M&Ms to place on top of the cookies as soon as the are removed from the oven… it just makes them prettier!)

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  1. Jenny says

    Did you really mean to write 18 cups of oatmeal. That seems like SO much oatmeal. About how many cookies does this make?

  2. says

    Love these! But a bit bummed, because I actually *was* looking forward to a monster at the end of the post, hehe. I’ll be happy with a cookie instead, though! These would be so much fun to make with the kids.

  3. says

    So sweet! I love books that you can read together and then do an activity together. We recently purchased a book for Fall called Apple Cake by Nienke Van Hichtum from Amazon. We are going to pick apples from our tree to make the Apple Cake from. Another fun idea is to go to a local orchard.

  4. says

    From Found Monster Cookies – Small Batch: quantity ? see below for other recipe that says quantity 70 which is half batch of the original posted here.
    1 stick butter
    1 c. brown sugar
    1 c. white sugar
    1 tsp. vanilla
    2 tsp. soda
    1 3/4 c. flour
    3 eggs
    1 1/2 c. peanut butter
    3 c. quick oatmeal
    1/4 lb. chocolate chips
    1/4 lb. M&M’S® (plain)

    6 eggs
    1 lb. brown sugar
    2 c. white sugar
    1/2 lb. butter
    1 tbsp. Karo (I prefer light)
    1 tsp. vanilla
    4 tsp. soda (mix in flour)
    1 lb. crunchy peanut butter
    1 1/2 c. flour
    7 c. oatmeal (dry)
    1/2 lb. chocolate chips
    1/2 lb. M&M candies
    Mix in above order, drop by desired sized spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet, bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes on center rack in oven. Serves 70 Monster size or 150 large pieces.

  5. says

    never heard of that book, but sounds like a must have for any household with children. it is unusual for us to have kids in our apt but we had a 3yo over the weekend and the best book i could find for her was “The Blue Day Book”. at least it had lots of animal pictures.

  6. Missy says

    That book was my little brother’s favorite. I have memories of my grandparents reading it to him. We recently introduced it to his 1-year-old twin boys…I think we enjoyed it more than that did :-)

  7. says

    I grew up making a recipe very similar to this (though I think it called for 3 cups or pounds of PB instead of TBSP). We’d mix the dough up in the baby bathtub.

  8. Katie says

    I should’ve read the comments before I began this today. I too was endeared with the Monster book and the yummy recipe! But 3 Tbsp peanut butter and no flour does not a cookie make. Mine fell apart and didn’t taste too good. I think the recipe was misprinted? Will try again soon when I re-buy all of the ingredients and adjust accordingly.

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