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My Favorite Monster Cookie Recipe

Updated on January 19, 2016
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I enjoy painting fantasy art, art shows, creating delicious dishes, spending time with my grandkids, taking walks and reading a good book.

My Family's Favorite Monster Cookie Recipe

I want to share my family's favorite monster cookie recipe with you so you can make them for your family too. In fact, it is a great recipe to make for all types of parties throughout the year. My youngest son would request this monster cookie for his birthday each year instead of a cake. My funny kid. Well, this monster cookie is actually a favorite with "kids of all ages".

I also make this cookie for our family Halloween party each year with decorating it just a bit different each year. Even though my son is grown, my grandsons now like the Monster Cookie. This is such an easy recipe to mix up and bake all at once in a large pizza pan. To make it even easier for party clean up, I use a disposable pizza pan that I can toss out once the cookie is all gone.

My Monster Cookie recipe calls for candy pieces such as everyone's favorite M & M's, but I have used other candy pieces too. There are so many new types of candy pieces for baking out nowadays that you can experiment with a variety of flavors to find your family"s favorite too. We like the traditional M & M's in our cookie, but will use the holiday colors depending on what holiday we are celebrating.

Have FUN with your Monster Cookie at your next party!

Photo by LilMonkey

Bake up a Monster Cookie for Your Next Party!

My Favorite Mixer - A Baker's Friend

KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White
KitchenAid KSM75WH Classic Plus Series 4.5-Quart Tilt-Head Stand Mixer, White

I love this particular KitchenAid classic stand mixer and have used it for many, many years now. It is a standard mixer that does everything I need it to do when baking cookies, cakes, pies and more. My KitchenAid was seen hundreds of hours in the kitchen mixing and stirring up a lot of different recipes. Even my son used it during his years studying culinary arts in college. I love this mixer and would recommend it to anyone considering a sturdy stand mixer for their baking needs.


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Candy Pieces

Colored Decorating Icings

OvenStuff Non-Stick Toaster Oven Pizza Pan Set of 2
OvenStuff Non-Stick Toaster Oven Pizza Pan Set of 2

Non-stick is helpful when making Monster Cookies.

Batter in Bowl
Batter in Bowl

My Favorite Monster Cookie

This recipe makes 2 Giant cookies, but the recipe can be used to make Jumbo cookies also. See photo of the Jack-O-Lantern decorated cookie. This is a jumbo size cookie decorated for Halloween. You could decorate them for other holidays as well.

Photo by Nancia

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 25 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 2 Giant Cookies


  • 3/4 cup soft butter or margerine
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 8 ounce or 1 1/3 cup candy pieces
  • Assorted color decorating frosting tubes


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line or grease two 12-13 1/2 inch round pizza pans.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk, vanilla, flour, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Stir in oats and 1/2 cup candy pieces.
  3. Place about 2 cups of dough on each pan; spread to within 1 inch of the edge of the pan. Sprinkle each with 1/3 cup of candy pieces.
  4. Bake until golden brown from 15 to 17 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Carefully slide each monster cookie onto aluminum foil that is place on a wire rack. Cool cookie completely before decorating with icing and candy pieces.
  5. For a Jack-o-Lantern, I add orange food coloring to vanilla icing and spread over entire cookie. With a tube of green or brown icing, I add the stem. With black gel icing, I draw on the eyes and mouth.
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Jumbo Cookies
Jumbo Cookies

Jumbo Cookies and High Altitude

If you prefer to make jumbo monster cookies instead of a Giant Monster Cookie, drop dough by level 1/3 cup measures about 4 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake until light brown from 15 to 16 minutes.

Immediately press 4-6 candy pieces into the hot cookie, cool for 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

This Monster Cookie recipe will make about a dozen (12) jumbo cookies.

If you live in a high altitude area of 3500 to 6500 feet or more, heat the oven to 375 degrees. Decrease the sugar to 1/4 cup and baking soda to 1/4 teaspoon.

Photo by LilMonkeyNancia

Jack O Lantern Jumbo Cookie

Jack O Lantern Jumbo Cookie
Jack O Lantern Jumbo Cookie

Decorate each Monster Cookie as a different "character" based on your parties theme.

Monster Cookie Candy Options

There are so many types of candy pieces that would be great to add to your Monster Cookies. The ideas are endless. Here are my favorite flavors of candy pieces that I like to add to our Monster Cookies:

  • M & M's in all flavors
  • Reeses Pieces - yummy peanut butter
  • York Mint Candy Pieces
  • Almond Joy Mini Pieces - delicious coconut flavor
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • White chocolate pieces - mix with macadamia nuts

This is not a complete list. Just take a look at the candy aisle of your local grocery store and pick out the candy pieces that your family loves. They come in so many different colors and flavors that you can make a different type of Monster Cookie for each holiday.

Monster Cookie Contest Idea

I have spent many years in recreational related fields which includes lots of fun contests and group events. One idea is to have a "Monster Cookie Decorating Contest" during the Halloween season. A great addition to a youth or teen party.

Since kids don't particularly want to spend too much time on one task, I would suggest baking the cookies ahead of time. Use my recipe listed in this article or use a basic sugar cookie recipe. Bake in rounds at least 6" in diameter.

Gather up all colors of icing tubes with a piping tip, a large paper plate for them to work on and ideas for their imagination. There are all types of monsters that they could come up with such as the old fashioned ones like Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy or new types of monsters such as Zombies, alien creatures and more.

Take lots of photos during and after the contest. Winning prizes could be gift cards, candy bags, etc. with each one winning the right to eat their "creation".

Will You Make Monster Cookies for Your Next Party?

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      @JoshK47: Thank you so much for the blessing!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Ooo - this looks quite delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      These cookies look yummy! Yes, I'll make some Monster Cookes for our Halloween party this year! :)