One of the things that I look forward to the most during the summer is going to my family’s lake cabin.  It is close enough that we usually make it up there at least twice each month.  I love lazy lake days when I wake up and have no obligations and can just figure out my plan for the day as I go.  If I wake up and feel like going for a leisurely stroll or bike ride, I can do that.  If it is scorching hot outside and I want to float out in the lake on an inner tube, no one tells me I can’t.  Evenings filled with cocktails, lawn games and sitting around the fire are some of my favorite things about my time at the lake.

While there are endless activities to keep us busy outside, occasionally, there will be a rainy, windy day that is better spent inside reading, watching a movie or baking.  At least once or twice a summer, my sister and I will bake up a giant batch of monster cookies.  No matter if we double or triple the recipe, the cookies do not last very long.  When I came upon this recipe for Chocolate Monster Cookies, I could hardly wait to give them a try and take a copy of this recipe to the lake cabin so that my sister and I will have some entertainment on a rainy day this summer.

These cookies are perfectly soft and chewy in the middle and slightly crispy around the edges.  There is not enough cocoa powder to make these cookies terribly rich and so you can still appreciate the bursts of chocolate when you crunch into a few M&M’s.  Oatmeal and cornflakes offer even more textural variety and you could really throw in any mix-ins you have on hand to this recipe (rice krispies, peanut butter chips, toffee, coconut, sunflower seeds, etc.).  I cut this recipe in half and still ended up with about 30 cookies and so this would be a great recipe if you need to make sweet treats for a large crowd, or if you have hungry family members trapped inside the cabin on a rainy day :).

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combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt in a bowl and set aside

cream together butter and sugars

add eggs and vanilla

add flour mixture and mix well

mix in oats, cornflakes and M&M’s

place dough onto cookie sheet and bake

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5 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Jun 02, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Yum, these cookies look great, Mercedes! I love the oats, flakes, and M&M’s combo!


  2. Luvwhatyoudo
    Jun 04, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    These cookies are so fun and creative. I bet they taste amazing!
    I always love to find cookies to throw M&M’s into (they are not my fave candy so I always have leftovers) and the cornflakes are a fantastic addition!


    • Mercedes
      Jun 04, 2012 @ 10:33 pm

      Thank you Jennifer! M&M’s are great to throw into any cookies!


  3. lisa g.
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 3:18 pm

    Hi, I normally find peanut butter in monster cookie recipes. Is this recipe not supposed to have peanut butter? Thank you, they look delish!


    • Mercedes
      Oct 16, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

      Hello Lisa! You are correct, there is no peanut butter in this recipe, however you could add 1/2 cup of peanut butter to the recipe as is if you choose and the results would also be delicious! Hope that helps, thanks!


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