Monster Cookies & The SRC

So this month’s Secret Recipe Club recipe is a knock-out!  
Knock-out.  Delish.  Yum.  So.  So.  Good.

I was assigned Taylor’s blog greens and chocolate.  
Taylor is a grad student with a self professed baking problem and it’s a good thing
because she has so many amazing recipes!  I found it hard to choose what to make,
but I thought it would be fun to bake something with a Halloween theme. 
So when I saw her recipe for Monster Cookies, and I knew this was it.
It’s actually the first time in many, many months that I have baked with peanut butter.  
There are a couple of reasons for that:  One, we can’t send peanut butter to school, 
and Two, the baby hadn’t been introduced to peanuts yet.  
(I know he’s 2, but I’m still on the old schedule I was given when my 9 year old was a baby, 
which was that we were told to wait until at least 3 to introduce peanuts…)  
But I’m glad I got over it, and made these amazing cookies!
(And baby was fine.   “More. More. Please” He said.  I melted!)

They made the house smell like a bakery, and they are so pretty, so chewy and so flavourful!

Monster Cookies (greens and chocolate)
3 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp corn syrup
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cup peanut butter
4 1/2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup flour
2/3 cup Reese’s Pieces (peanut butter)
2/3 cup chocolate chips
candy corn

  • In a mixer combine eggs, sugars, vanilla, corn syrup, baking soda and salt.
  • Add in peanut butter and melted butter.  Mix.
  • Add in flour, and oats.  Combine.
  • Then add in the Reese’s Pieces and chocolate chips, but mix these in by hand so they don’t break.
  • Now these are monster cookies, so go big or go home!  Drop these as 1/4 cup balls onto a parchment paper lined or non-stick cookie sheet.  About 6 to a try, and flatten slightly.
  • I added a candy corn for decoration.  You could add more, but I don’t love candy corn, so one was enough.
  • Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 11-12 minutes.  I like mine a bit chewy, but if you like your cookies harder, bake for 12-15 minutes.
  • Let the cookies cool on the pan for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.



  • I don’t want to leave out those who can’t eat peanut butter, so I’ll ask you…can you bake with “Wow! Tastes Just Like Peanut Butter”, which is a Toasted Soy Spread?  We use it with jelly for sandwiches for school, and it really does taste just like peanut butter.  It’s amazing!  But can you bake with it?  I’d really like to know…
  • I made a couple of very minor changes to the original recipe:  I decreased the salt, used different candy, and decreased the amount of candy….
  • Make some.  Right now.  You won’t regret it… 😉

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  • Reply amanda @ fake ginger October 17, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Those look fantastic! I love monster cookies to begin with but you added some of my favorite candy and made them even better! YUM!

  • Reply Aimee October 17, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Yum, those cookies look delish!!

  • Reply Nicole @ the Daily Dish October 17, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Those cookies are sooooo pretty! They look super yummy! I’m definitely adding these to my “to make” cookies this month! 🙂

  • Reply Kristi October 17, 2011 at 12:59 PM festive! Very cool. I made P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps for Secret Recipe Club.

  • Reply Trisha October 17, 2011 at 1:05 PM

    Monster cookies are one of my favorite cookies. I love how festive they look!

  • Reply Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos October 17, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    These look fabulous! I love your pictures. The candy corn is a perfect addition!

  • Reply Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 17, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    they look awesome! lovin’ the csndy corn action…so seasonal and perfect 🙂

  • Reply Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray October 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Oh man, I could eat quite a few of these! They look so good. Love your blog!

  • Reply Taryn October 17, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    These look great! I love seasonal cookies, AND candy corn, so I think I’d love these too.

  • Reply Vivian - Let's Try These... October 17, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    How delicious! I love the addition of candy corn to it!

  • Reply Island Vittles October 17, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    The cookies sound (and look) delicious…but what I really love is your spooky photos — great work! Theresa

  • Reply Miz Helen October 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Hi Jo Anna,
    I just love the presentation of you Monster Cookies, they look delicious. Thanks for sharing and it is fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen
    Southwest Corn and Potato Soup

  • Reply Erin October 17, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    These look delicious and your pictures are fantastic!!!

  • Reply Kim Franklin October 17, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    What adorable cookies, I love the fall colors… and peanut butter flavor also… I am totally in love my boyfriend and I shall bake this weekend 🙂 thanks

  • Reply Tina @ MOMS CRAZY COOKING October 17, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Love MONSTER cookies! I found a recipe withOUT peanut butter for my girls birthday party! They were just as good (it’s posted on my blog)!

    Thanks for being a part of my SRC group… stop by and see my Frozen Breakfast Burritos.

  • Reply Louisa [Living Lou] October 17, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    These sound so good and very Halloween! Also, great post on The Kit today! 🙂

  • Reply Heather Lynne October 17, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    I love that you did a Halloween twist on these cookies! They look great!

  • Reply Angie {Successful2gether} October 18, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    there it is ,perfection in a cookie!

  • Reply Amarie October 18, 2011 at 12:46 AM

    These look awesome! Getting a toothache already! 😀

  • Reply Kristen October 18, 2011 at 2:21 AM

    I love how you used Halloween candy to make these cookies seasonal. What a great idea! I have a monster cookie recipe that makes 20 dozen cookies…it’s nice to see one on a smaller scale 🙂

  • Reply Elaine October 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Hey Jo-Anna! I made these cookies last night as I mentioned I might and they are FANTASTIC! Thank you for the great recipe! 🙂

  • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs October 18, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    @Elaine I’m so glad you liked them! It’s such a great recipe – I’m so glad I found it! It’s definitely a keeper!

  • Reply Amy October 18, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    I love Monster Cookies. Great idea using Halloween candy!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  • Reply Lisa~~ October 19, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    Such fun and perfect for this time of year cookies, great SRC choice.

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my group “A” SRC recipe this month: Levain Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  • Reply Amy October 19, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    Yum! Looks great! Fun to participate in SRC with you!

  • Reply Jillian@FoodFolksandFun October 19, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    This looks SO delicious, I’m book-marking this to make later! I found you via “This Chick Cooks Link Party”. I’m your newest follower and would love a “follow back”!

    Have a great week,

    Jillian @

  • Reply Wenche October 20, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    How fun and creative :0)

  • Reply Denise October 26, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    I had added this recipe post to my reading list so I could make these cookies this week. They are DELICIOUS! I made two batches and passed them out to my neighbors, friends and family along with a fall/Halloween picture of our child. I received many compliments and was asked for the recipe. I sent them here! My husband wants another batch for his own Halloween treat. Good thing he is a runner! 😉

    Thanks for the post, and probably a new family tradition!

  • Reply A Pretty Life in the Suburbs October 26, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    @Denise Thank you Denise! This is the NICEST compliment! They are such a hit here too!

  • Reply Desi October 27, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Oh wow! There’s nothing scary about those cookies!! I love your whole presentation and food styling on this post. So nice to be cooking along with you in SRC 🙂

  • Reply D+B November 13, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    This look so good!! I definitely am going to try and I am definitely will be following your blog.. If you would check out mine to that would be so great. And follow me also, I am kind of new to this but excited to share great recipes..


  • Reply Suzanne January 21, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    I absolutely am ga-ga for these! Although they are “monsters”, I’ll bet my husband would make about 4 bites of one. Great SRC pick!

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