These cookies are great just from the oven, but even more amazing you can freeze them after baking and when you thaw them out they will be just as chewy and good as they were when they were fresh. Recipe is easily halved or doubled. Yummy!

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Ingredients

72
Original recipe yields 72 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.

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  • In a very large bowl, cream together the margarine, butter, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and rolled oats; stir into the sugar mixture. Mix in chocolate chips and candy-coated chocolate pieces. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.

  • Bake for 10 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are golden. If you like chewy cookies, take them out before they look done.

Nutrition Facts

164.9 calories; 2 g protein; 22.9 g carbohydrates; 17.5 mg cholesterol; 127.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2004
I have made this recipe several times altering different aspects each time and to me this is the best cookie recipe ever. The changes I made were 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter instead of 1 cup butter 3 cups flour and 5 cups oatmeal not 4 and 4 4 teaspoons of vanila instead of 2 3/4 cup of the candy not 1 cup and add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Also these cookies bake up best when they are large. I roll the cookie dough into a ball slightly larger than a golf ball. If you try to make smaller cookies you end up with a lot of the candy and chocolate chips on the outside of the cookie not baked inside. I always make the full recipe and freeze most of them. These are delicious fresh but tend to stale quickly. I freeze any cookies that won't be eaten in 3-4 days. They defrost quickly and taste as though they were baked that day Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/02/2011
I quadruple checked the recipe to make sure I wasn't missing anything...because the dough was so dry. I've never seen anything like it...it was like raking through sand. That's even after adding peanut butter to the recipe which should help hold the mix together. When baking they didn't spread like cookies should...couldn't even tell that they were baking unless I checked the bottom. I followed the recipe exactly except for the peanut butter which should have been an aide instead of a hinder...had to add a few tablespoons of water to get a better consistency. Everyone loved the taste though...I'm still teetering in the middle over this recipe. Read More
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211 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 151
  • 4 star values: 39
  • 3 star values: 10
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2004
I have made this recipe several times altering different aspects each time and to me this is the best cookie recipe ever. The changes I made were 1 1/2 cups of peanut butter instead of 1 cup butter 3 cups flour and 5 cups oatmeal not 4 and 4 4 teaspoons of vanila instead of 2 3/4 cup of the candy not 1 cup and add 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Also these cookies bake up best when they are large. I roll the cookie dough into a ball slightly larger than a golf ball. If you try to make smaller cookies you end up with a lot of the candy and chocolate chips on the outside of the cookie not baked inside. I always make the full recipe and freeze most of them. These are delicious fresh but tend to stale quickly. I freeze any cookies that won't be eaten in 3-4 days. They defrost quickly and taste as though they were baked that day Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2006
These were awesome! I made a half batch which was just right. I substituted peanut butter for the butter and made sure to have lots of M&M's. I used my hands to press dough into balls and baked just 10 minutes. They were chewy and stayed fresh. My new favorite! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2004
WHO would actually complain to your face about your cookies??? This recipe is the best! I make this not only for my family but for church functions friends etc. This makes a huge batch of delicious cookies. The texture from the oatmeal chocolate chips and M & M's (which is what I use) is perfect. These cookies turn out perfect every time I bake them. I attribute this to the stoneware which I use to bake cookies. I also use real butter in place of the margarine. (Cookies without REAL butter just taste blah in my opinion.) I have had many requests for this recipe. Thanks Linda! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
These are some of the best cookies I have ever eaten!!! I read previous reviews and here's how I adjusted mine. Baked at 325 for 13-14 minutes no burning. Instead of maragine I added an additional 1/2 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Next time I may change to add a little more peanut butter because I like the taste of peanut butter it was not overpowering though. Since I made this for bake sale I used red and blue M&M's for the candy. I also sprinkled red white and blue sprinkles on top before baking. They looked so festive. BEWARE this recipe makes a ton of cookies I ended up with like 9 dozen you may want to half the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2003
Good recipe. I made a few changes. Eliminated margarine I couldn't bring myself to use it!!!! I added 1/2 cup butter & 1 cup peanut butter. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2005
These are FABULOUS! I substituted equal amounts of peanut butter for margarine but I'm sure just butter would be wonderful as well. I used the pampered chef large scoop for the size and patted them down just a bit before baking...perfect! I didn't grease the cookie sheets because I used one of those Tupperware silicone wonder mats worked great. I can't say enough about these cookies I've been searching for the "staple" monster cookie recipe and quite pleased this is it! Thanks for posting it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2003
My husband came home from work raving about Monster cookies that another wife sent in. So I figured I needed to try them. They are pretty good and easy to make. A really nice change from plain chocolate chip cookies. They are huge though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/07/2007
These are a very good cookie; a pleasant change from the usual choc chip. I followed the recipe as is but next time I will increase the amount of M&M's and use mini choc chips as opposed to regular. My first batch was rather thin so the following batches I increases the cookie size in hopes of having a chewier cookie. Looks good so far but they aren't totally cool yet so they may still fall. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2003
"I made these today for Valentine's day for my Sunday school class and my own kids. I used 3 cups of holiday candy pieces and 1 cup of chocolate chips. Like the preceeding review I didn't use margarine I used 1/2 cup butter and 1/2 cup peanut butter instead. Shaped into 2 inch balls or larger and placed a giant craft stick in the center of the balls. I than flattened slightly with a fork. I did bake them for 14 minutes because I think everyones ovens are different. After cookies are cooled wrap in holiday goodie bags. These were the best monster cookies ever. Thanks they were a big hit!" Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/02/2011
I quadruple checked the recipe to make sure I wasn't missing anything...because the dough was so dry. I've never seen anything like it...it was like raking through sand. That's even after adding peanut butter to the recipe which should help hold the mix together. When baking they didn't spread like cookies should...couldn't even tell that they were baking unless I checked the bottom. I followed the recipe exactly except for the peanut butter which should have been an aide instead of a hinder...had to add a few tablespoons of water to get a better consistency. Everyone loved the taste though...I'm still teetering in the middle over this recipe. Read More
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