Oatmeal, peanut butter, pink and red M&M’s and white chocolate chips create Valentine Monster Cookies that are loaded with flavor and loaded with love!
Valentine’s Day is coming! Do you have a little something for your loved ones? If you are still thinking about what to get…look no further! I’ve got you covered with these super flavor-packed, loaded with love Valentine Monster Cookies!
We have all heard the saying how the key to someone’s heart is through their stomach. It’s true! Especially when it comes to baking up something sweet for your sweetheart. Who doesn’t LOVE homemade cookies? Can you think of anyone that would turn down a fresh-from-the-oven-baked-with-love cookie? I don’t think so.
When I realized I needed a quick and easy Valentine’s Day treat, Monster Cookies immediately came to mind. Everyboday LOVES Monster cookies and I have an old recipe from one of my mom’s church cookbooks. It uses all the traditional ingredients, oats, peanut butter, m&m’s and chocolate chips. But I wanted something that was a little more “Valentine-ish”. You know what I mean, something with red, pink and white.
Fortunately, the wonderful people at the M&M company make M&M’s in specialty colors for holidays. Yay! So, by simply substituting the Valentine colored candies for the traditional variety, my traditional Monster cookies turned into something special for February 14th!
The original recipe also uses regular chocolate chips. If you are giving these Valentine Monster Cookies to a chocolate lover, you can use semisweet, milk or dark chocolate chips. I wanted to keep with the pink, red and white theme, so I used white chocolate chips. Don’t they look pretty? The flavor is also fantastic, they are just a little less chocolatey.
One other key thing about the recipe to mention here….there is no flour. You are going to use just oatmeal. Be sure to use quick cooking oatmeal, not rolled oats or old fashioned. Since there isn’t any flour, the oatmeal acts as the binding ingredient, so it needs to be the quick cooking variety. If you don’t have quick cooking oatmeal on hand, you can put some old fashioned oatmeal in your food processor and pulse it a few times until it resembles quick cooking oatmeal. Process the oats first and then measure for your cookie dough.
That’s it! A quick and easy Valentine treat for anyone you want to show how much you care. These flavor-loaded cookies will fill your loved ones’ mouths with flavor and fill their hearts with love. Happy Baking!
Yields 32 cookies
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 4 1/2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 (11.4oz) pkg. red, white and pink M&M's chocolate candies
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In large bowl, beat butter, brown sugar,and sugar on medium speed until well blended.
- Add eggs and beat well.
- Add vanilla and peanut butter; blend on high speed 1 minute, until well combined.
- Add oatmeal and baking soda; blend 2 minutes on medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well combined.
- Stir in M&M's and chocolate chips.*
- Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, measure level 1/4 cupfuls of dough and drop onto parchment-lined baking sheet, spacing 4 inches apart. Flatten dough slightly.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 9 minutes until cookies are set and just beginning to set; cookies will appear under baked.
- Remove pan from oven and lightly bang pan on counter top. Let cookies stand on pan 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
- Cool cookies completely and store in airtight container.
If desired, do not stir in all of the M&M's and white chocolate chips. Place a few reserved candies and chocolate chips on top of dough portions on baking sheets just before flattening. This make cookies a little prettier, as the colors will show a little more.