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Chocolate Monster Cookies

Delightfully chewy and filled with nutty flavor, these Chocolate Monster Cookies are packed with healthy oats. Serve them warm with a glass of cold milk for a super satisfying dessert experience.

Did you enjoy these chocolate monster cookies? Try out this traditional Monster Cookie recipe.

A stack of 4 cashew-stuffed monster cookies on a plate.

Chewy Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

These chewy cookies are a great way to get some nutrients into your evening’s dessert. The oats offer tons of good fiber, while the peanut butter is full of protein. Guilty pleasures are always fun, but it’s even better to be able to enjoy your treats guilt-free.

The vitamins and minerals in these cookies make them ideal for a workplace snack, and you can even eat them for breakfast. They’re also perfect for slipping into lunchboxes so that kids get a tasty treat that keeps them healthy. And they’re great for potlucks, as long as you slap an allergy warning on the container.

Monster cookies are soft, thick cookies that use oats instead of flour as their main base. They usually have lots of different candies, nuts, and other goodies mixed in. These feature chocolate and peanut butter chips, as well as cashews.

Recipe Ingredients

First things first, let’s get into what you’ll need to have on hand when you want whip up a batch of these babies. Scroll down to the printable recipe card to find exact amounts.

  • Unsalted butter: Softened almost to room temperature. Learn more: How to Soften Butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Brown sugar: Packed tightly into the measuring cup or measured by weight.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda: Yes, you need both!
  • Salt
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cocoa powder: I use the unsweetened kind.
  • Rolled oats
  • Semisweet chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Cashews: Coarsely chopped.
A close-up of a monster cookie showing the chocolate chips and chopped cashews baked into the batter.

How to Make Chocolate Monster Cookies

With only 20 minutes of active prep, these cookies are a total breeze to throw together. Here’s how you can make them at home.

  1. Prep Your Materials: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet or 2 with silicone liners or parchment paper.
  2. Make the Dough Base: Beat the room temperature butter until it smooths out. Add both kinds of sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, then beat until they combine with the butter. Add your eggs, one at a time, and mix them in well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat again until everything has fully combined.
  3. Add the Final Dry Ingredients: Gradually add the flour and cocoa powder, beating them in until they’re just combined. Stir in your oats, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and cashews.
  4. Bake and Serve: Form each cookie out of 1/4-cup of dough and drop them onto prepared baking sheets, about 3 inches apart in case of spreading. Bake them for 12 to 14 minutes, or until they hit your desired doneness. Let them stand for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely, then serve them warm or at room temperature.

Can I Make the Dough Ahead of Time?

Yes! Since the dough needs to chill anyway, go ahead and mix it together up to 24 hours before you plan to use it. And if you want to make a double batch, you can form the extra dough into balls and freeze them so they’re ready to go whenever. Either way, just make sure you wrap the dough well to keep bacteria and freezer burn out.

A stack of 4 cashew-stuffed monster cookies on a plate.

Tips for Success

These chocolate monster cookies are really simple to make. Follow these tips for perfectly chewy chocolate peanut butter cookies.

  • Toast the Nuts: If you want to really bring out their flavor, place the chopped cashews in the oven for about 10 minutes before adding them to the batter. This will also give them a satisfying crunch.
  • Check Your Baking Powder: One of the main reasons for flat cookies is expired baking powder. Check the date on the container before adding it, and make sure it’s still at its best.
  • Spoon and Level: Since these cookies are meant to be chewy instead of cakey, you don’t want to add too much flour. Make sure you don’t stick your measuring cup directly into the flour bag, since this will pack it down. Instead, use a spoon to transfer the flour into the cup and then level it off. Better yet, measure by weight.

Variation Ideas

There are so many ways to make these cookies you own. Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

  • Use a Different Nut Butter: The most obvious switch here is to swap out the peanut butter for something else. For example, almond butter has a subtler nutty flavor, letting the chocolate in these cookies shine.
  • Switch Out the Cashews: Just like you can use a different nut butter, you can also use a different nut. I like to go with toasted peanuts to really lean into the nutty flavor, but you can also use walnuts, almonds, or pecans.
  • Add M&Ms: The classic monster cookie features M&Ms as well as chocolate chips. Toss some of the iconic candy-coated chocolates into your monster cookies for a bit more sweetness and crunch. You can also add Reese’s Pieces to highlight the nuttiness in these cookies’ flavor profile.
A pile of fudgy monster cookies on a plate.

How to Store Extra Cookies

These cookies keep well at room temperature in an airtight container. You don’t want them to dry out, so make sure you seal them up tightly. They’ll last for about 4 days.

Can I Freeze These?

Yes, these cookies can be frozen for up to 3 months. Store them tightly in a double-lock freezer bag or a freezer-safe container. You can thaw them out right on the counter before you serve them. You can also freeze balls of dough and bake them from frozen, adding a minute or two to the baking time.

More Chocolate Peanut Butter Treats to Try

Chocolate Monster Cookies

Yield 24
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes

Delightfully chewy and filled with nutty flavor, these Chocolate Monster Cookies are packed with healthy oats. Serve them warm with a glass of cold milk for a super satisfying dessert experience.

A stack of 4 cashew-stuffed monster cookies on a plate.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 & 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 & 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter chips
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cashews

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
  2. Beat butter until smooth. Add sugars, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Beat until combined. Add eggs, one a time, mixing well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat until combined. Gradually add flour and cocoa powder until just combined. Stir in oats, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and cashews.
  3. Drop dough by 1/4-cup portions onto prepared baking sheets. Place cookies about 3 inches apart.
  4. Bake for 12 to 14 minutes or until done. Let stand for 1-2 minutes on baking sheet. Then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

  • To Store: Keep at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
  • To Freeze: Freeze for up to 3 months in a double-lock freezer bag or freezer-safe container. Thaw on the counter before serving. OR freeze balls of dough and bake from frozen, adding 1-2 minutes.

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    15 Comments on “Chocolate Monster Cookies”

  1. These cookies may be my favorites from Jennifer this Christmas Season! They are truly “monster” cookies in that they are a full dessert (or breakfast in my case) in just one cookie. There is a ton of flavor in them, and they are so, so good!

  2. Most monster cookies don’t appeal to me but these do. I like that they’re nice and oaty! Plus with chocolate and peanut butter, you’ve totally got me:)
    Julie

  3. Just today, I was thinking how some kind of oatmeal cookie would taste good & I stop by your blog & see your recipe! Not crazy about peanut butter chips so will try another mix-in 🙂

  4. cookies look wondefrulllll and deleciousssss

  5. Julie, they truly are delicious!

    JEP, I must be reading your mind! You could definitely use something besides peanut butter chips. Maybe white chocolate or caramel or butterscotch or cinnamon. That’s the beauty of monster cookies. Pretty much anything goes.

    Thanks, sagari!

  6. My sister came back from a trip to the North East region of Brazil and, among other things, she brought a bag of cashew nuts. I think I have just found out what to do with them. 🙂

  7. Oh, YUM! Chocolate, peanut butter and cashews?? Delicious!

  8. Patricia, I hope you enjoy them!

    Dana, I couldn’t agree more!

  9. I love monsters! I love chocolate!

    Will make soon.

  10. Thanks, Marcia!

    Anna, I hope you enjoy them!

  11. I want to try these! Do you use old-fashioned or quick oats, or does it matter?

  12. Pam, either kind of oats should work. I usually use old-fashioned unless the quick kind are specified. Enjoy!

  13. These were a big hit! Although I suppose mine weren’t “technically” monster cookies…reduced cooking time/made them smaller… they were gone in a flash. Neighbors requested more! Thank you, enjoy your recipes! 

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