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The BEST Monster Cookie Recipe

Ready to be the coolest mom on the block? This Target Monster Cookie Recipe is the best monster cookie recipe you’ll try. Plus it’s super easy to whip of as a snack for kids too. This soft, satisfying cookie recipe is filled with lots of trail mix favorites like peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, chocolate chips and more in a peanut butter oat meal cookie dough! Plus – these are an easy cookie recipe you just dump together! Yummy!

This Target Monster Cookie Recipe is the best monster cookie recipe you’ll try. Plus it’s super easy to whip of as a snack for kids too. This soft, satisfying cookie recipe is filled with lots of trail mix favorites like peanuts, raisins, M&Ms, chocolate chips and more in a peanut butter oat meal cookie dough! Plus - these are an easy cookie recipe you just dump together! Yummy!

Target Monster Cookie Recipe

I love making homemade cookies for my kids. Not only do homemade cookies taste better warm out of the oven and they use no preservatives, but they have better quality ingredients and are a labor of love my kids will remember into adulthood. We have become huge fans of Target’s monster cookies they have in their bakery, but they suddenly stopped making them and I know they probably weren’t the best for us anyhow. So I created my own copycat Target Monster Cookie Recipe that is better than the store bought cookie, better for you, and a simple cookie recipe too!

Monster trail mix cookies

These moist cookies are caulked fully of yummy, filling ingredients! Ready for the most amazing monster cookies ever . . . .

cream together butter and sugar
Start by creaming together the sugars and the butter.  We use 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, and 1 stick of organic butter. I use my handy Kitchen Aid mixer, but you can use a hand mixer or mix them by hand if you prefer.

Next add in 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter and cream together.

add an egg

Then, add one large egg and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.  When everything is nice and smooth it is time to add the dry ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats

Note: Someone asked why our egg is teal blue green; this is the natural color our backyard hens (Easter Egger variety) lay. Beautiful, isn’t it?!

add in monster mix from target to save time

Target Monster Cookie

Now blend in whatever addons you have on hand and your family likes. You need 1 and 1/2 cups of  mixture. Some things you might want to add include peanuts, m&m’s, chocolate chips, peanut chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, raisins, craisins, sunflower seeds, etc.

We liked to use the Monster Trail Mix from Target to save a step, plus it has all our favorite chocolate and nut add-ins we like.

monster cookie

Best monster cookie recipe

Your batter should look like above. It will hold together when pressed – thick and loaded full of yummy candy!

put tab of dough on parchment lined cookie sheet and press flat with bottom of cup

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Finally, drop by rounded tablespoon on a parchment lined cookie sheet (I use this cookie scoop to make them all the perfect size, keep my hands clean, and go super quickly). Flatten tops with the bottom of the glass as these cookies won’t spread much as the batter is so dense.

put on rack to cool

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Bake the cookies in a 350 degrees Fahrenheit preheated oven for 12-14 minutes. Allow the cookies to sit on cookie sheet another 3 minutes so they don’t fall apart when removing them from the sheet. Now carefully remove the cookies and allow them to cool on cooling rack another couple minutes if you wan wait that long.  Time to indulge and enjoy these super scrumptious best ever monster cookie recipe. These are oh, so GOOD!

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BEST Monster Cookie Recipe
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BEST Monster Cookie Recipe

Ready to be the coolest mom on the block? These are the best monster cookie recipe you’ll try. Plus it’s super easy to whip of as a snack for kids too.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: after school, chocolate chips, cookies, dessert, m&m, nuts, recipes, snack
Servings: 4 dozen
Author: Beth Gorden


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 teaspooon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 cups Monster Trail mix (mixture of penauts, m&m, chocolate chips, raisins, etc.)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Cream together sugar and butter. Add in egg, peanut butter, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add in flour, soda, salt and oats until well blended. Finally add in 1 1/2 cup of monster trail mix.
  • Drop on rounded tablespoon on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake 12-14 minutes, let set on cookie sheet 3 minutes and cool on cooling rack.

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - and

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