This is not about forcing cookies to laugh. This is about a giggle monster I know. The giggle monster is a person who giggles all the time. When the giggle monster can’t find the right words, she giggles instead. It’s not unusual to hear someone ask, “is someone tickling her,” or “did someone tell a joke,” in reference to the giggle monster. If there was a gold medal available for giggling, I know the giggle monster would be standing on top of the podium.
I also know about monster cookies. When I was a kid, monster cookies were my favorite. I don’t recall the what, where, or why, but I do remember my mom buying me a cookie, and I would always choose the monster. I think I liked the bright colors of the candy, or maybe I just thought it was fun to eat something with a scary name.
I bet the giggle monster would like to eat a monster cookie. A traditional monster cookie recipe includes oats, peanut butter and candy-coated chocolate candies. I assumed most people would have encountered a monster cookie prior to reading this post, so I wondered what I could do differently.
My answer found me in the candy aisle. I knew I wanted to try pretzel M&M’s in my traditional cookie, although the peanut butter M&M’s and dark chocolate M&M’s were tempting. For my non-traditional monsters, I chose the coconut M&M’s.
I made a base dough of flour, oats, baking soda, and salt added to butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. I added peanut butter and pretzel M&M’s to half the dough, and toasted coconut and coconut M&M’s to the other half.
The peanut butter cookie was a bit dry for my tastes, though I am biased towards soft, chewy cookies. The combination of the flour and oats and peanut butter was probably too much, and in the future, I’ll likely omit one of the three.
The coconut cookie was softer, though really not all that coco-nutty. I know a lot of people do not care for coconut, so I used less ingredients to flavor this cookie. In the future, I will probably use more coconut and perhaps substitute rum in place of vanilla to dial up the tropical taste.
One of the best things about baking monster cookies is you can customize them to your preference. Want more peanut butter? Use Reese’s Pieces in place of M&M’s. Chocolate more your speed? Add chocolate chips in addition to the candies. Whatever you chose, these monsters are sure to be more sweet than scary.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- For classic cookies: 1 ½ cups peanut butter, and
- 1- 9.9 oz. bag pretzel M&M’s
- For tropical cookies: 1 cup toasted coconut
- 3- 1.5 oz. bags coconut M&M’s
- Mix the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt together in a medium-sized bowl and set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugars.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, and then add the vanilla, mixing until well combined.
- Slowly add the flour and oats mixture and stir until incorporated.
- Fold in desired add-ins.
- Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes for classic cookies or 10-12 minutes for tropical cookies.