Monster Cookies are incredibly delicious cookies to make and are normally made with peanut butter. This nut allergy-friendly cookie is made with peanut-free peanut butter and they’re gluten-free!
Nut Free Cookies
Monster cookies are traditionally made with peanut butter. These cookies were a staple in my home during the holidays when I was a child. We enjoyed eating these cookies but we really enjoyed making them together and baking them in the Christmas season.
Fast forward, baking cookies is something that I enjoy with my children. When it comes to baking with tree nuts or peanuts with my son, it’s a no go. He is allergic to a variety of nuts as well as peanuts. Whenever I made monster cookies I would also make a nut-free cookie for him but he always wanted to try the ones that I made with my mother.
I decided to make a nut-free version of my mother’s recipe that has been handed down and it turns out that the peanut butter can be switched out with a 1:1 ratio to peanut-free peanut butter.
I have to tell you, these cookies taste just as delicious as making them with real peanut butter. In fact, I couldn’t even tell a difference in flavor or texture!
What’s In a Monster Cookie?
Monster cookies are gluten-free making them a great option for those with gluten sensitivities. They are made with old-fashioned oats (make sure to get gluten-free certified oats if you’re making them gluten-free!), peanut-free peanut butter, chocolate chips (gluten-free varieties are available) as well as M&M’s.
These cookies are incredibly easy to make and once they bake they turn into large size-of-your-hand cookies.
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Easy to Make Cookies
These cookies are incredibly simple to make and it’s a great recipe to get kids hands-on in the kitchen. It’s also great for beginner bakers! These cookies don’t take a lot of effort to make and they’re flourless so there’s no worrying about if they’re going to come out correctly or not.
To make these cookies even easier to make, I use silicone mats placed on my baking sheets. Silicone mats are nonstick and super easy to clean up.
I also use a cookie scoop to get my cookies all the same time. It’s an easy way to get them the same size.
- Preheat oven to 350°
- Combine softened butter, peanut-free peanut butter, vanilla, and eggs in mixing bowl and beat until creamy.
- Combine oatmeal, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda in a large bowl.
- Mix on low.
- Slowly add dry mixture to mixing bowl and stir on low.
- Adding a little at a time, mix in chocolate chips.
- Mix in M&Ms.
- Scoop cookie mixture onto ungreased cookie sheets. I use a cookie scoop to get the same size cookies.
- Bake for 11 to 13 minutes, let cool.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 27 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g