Monster Cookies!

Monster Cookies

(re-post request)

Revisiting an old favorite and adding a little spinn.  These tasty little gems filled with grains and goodies were a favorite in our house when the kids were little, and at that time their natural gluten free qualities weren’t even recognized as such (with gluten free oats of course).

Two weeks ago my nephew came for a visit and brought a batch of Monster Cookies that his mom made knowing I lived gluten free.  Each yummy bite brought back memories of those happy little faces picking out the colored candies and gobbling up the peanutty goodness.

A batch of Monster Cookies was now a must..for both the nostalgic trip I’d be taking as well as the fun of sharing them with you.

Thanks Nathan and Katie…I loved the memories as much as the yumminess!

XOXO…. Mary

My ‘spinn’ on these classic cookies was adding a little coconut and a bit of Karo Light Corn Syrup to keep them chewy.  If you like a crisper cookie, omit the corn syrup.


  • 1 1/2 cups chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup (keeps them chewy!)
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 3/4 cups gluten free quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup plain M&M milk chocolate candies (or a 8.2 oz pkg)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl combine, the peanut butter, sugars, and butter with an electric mixer until well combined.  Mix in the eggs, corn syrup, and vanilla.  Mix in the oats, coconut, and baking soda.  Stir in the chocolate chips and M&M’s.

Gather a heaping Tbsp of dough pressing it together as you drop onto the prepared baking sheet.  Bake 13-15 minutes or until they are golden on top (cookies will be about 3″ in diameter when baked).  Cool for 5 minutes to allow the cookie to bind before transferring to a cooling rack.  Cool completely and store in an airtight container.

More from Gluten Free Spinner….

greek fresh.cpy

Avocado Greek Dip

Avocado Greek Dip – Garden Fresh Garden Fresh…clearly one of the best parts of Summer.  Veggies and herbs taste brighter, fresher, and crisper than ever. My Avocado Greek Dip starts with the silky smooth base of avocado, feta, light sour cream and low fat cream cheese.  Fresh squeezed lemon, red onions, cucumbers and Greek seasonings…

Read More »

gluten free Tuxedo Cake

Tuxedo Cake

Tuxedo Cake Many of the inspirations I get for creating recipes come from seeing something that looks so amazingly delicious I just have to have it.  This is one of them.  My first inspiration came from the Tuxedo Cake at Costco.  I don’t know why, but that gorgeous cake gets me every time I see…

Read More »

coconut pecan halibut

Coconut Pecan Crusted Halibut with Coconut Curry Sauce

Coconut Pecan Crusted Halibut with Coconut Red Curry Sauce A celebration with all my besties for my friend Kim’s Birthday called for a new Halibut recipe.  You see, she loves all things seafood…AND she’s an amazing cook.  I mention her quite often on my blog like referencing our girls weekend and her must-have cucumber dip. …

Read More »

easy chicken.2.cpy

Easy, Skinny Chicken

Easy Skinny Chicken I make this chicken at least once a week because it’s so easy and can be made so many ways to change it up.  Even though this has consistently been part of our weekly menu, I discounted it as something to post because it was so simple.  Well hello!  As I shared…

Read More »

Pollo Fundito Enchiladas.4.cpy

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Lets start the celebration of this Mexican Independence Day with a cocktail! Like my Minty Lime Margarita… You know how I love my Margaritas, right?  As in “Rita Time” at the cabin…it’s a must. Well how about a Margarita with the freshness of mint!  Yummm. Minty Lime Margarita: 2 oz Premium…

Read More »

chicken wild rice turnip soup

Wild Rice Chicken and Turnip Soup

Wild Rice Chicken and Turnip Soup We’ve been enjoying 70 degree sunny days this past week, which is unusual for early April and a wonderful tease of what’s to come.  But today brings us rain and a 40 degree chill.  It’s to be expected in Minnesota and we know the warm days will return.  For…

Read More »

streusel coffee cake
Gluten Free coconut orange cake
St. Patricks day cupcakes.1.cpy
Strawberry white chocolate
vanilla cupcakes.4.text.cpy
cheesecake caramel bars.1.cpy