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Monster Cookies Without Peanut Butter

Monster Cookies Without Peanut Butter

Chewy center and crispy edge monster cookies without peanut butter! Super easy to make and packed with flavor.

If you want a delicious monster cookie but don’t have any peanut butter, this is the perfect recipe! This monster cookie is perfect for all of your favorite add ins so it’s perfect for making your own.

My boys helping me bake these cookies and if you have any kids feel free to let them lend a hand.

They love adding the chocolate chips and candy pieces and getting the chewy (with a bit of crunch) reward when they are all baked.

What I like best about this recipe is that it doesn’t require peanut butter. We go through peanut butter quick in my house, so there have been a number of times when I went to bake some cookies only to realize I had no peanut butter left.

So if you are baking some cookies for a party or a family dessert but ran out of peanut butter, read on for the full recipe! They also are a great monster cookie for those with a peanut allergy.

Best Substitution For Peanut Butter In Monster Cookies

jar of almond butter

There are a number of great peanut butter substitutions you can use in this recipe. My family loves a soft monster cookie so we will use extra butter as a peanut butter substitute.

You can also use your favorite nut butter as a peanut butter substitute. My favorites to use are almond butter, cashew butter, and pecan butter.

But you can also use tahini, soynut butter, sunflower seed butter, or coconut butter. Each of these add a unique flavor to your cookie so if you love any of these flavors use them in your nut free recipe.

My sister absolutely adores tahini and coconut so I often make her a batch using those. But I’ve found extra butter (or even shortening) to offer a soft cookie with a great flavor.

Monster Cookie Add In Ideas

bag of chocolate chips

The best part of making monster cookies is putting in your favorite add ins. A monster cookie is meant to take on a life of it’s own and you get to put in your favorite cookie mix ins!

I have my personal favorite combination of mix ins in this recipe but you can put in your favorites in whatever ratio you wish.

As a general rule of thumb don’t use more than a quarter cup of any one mix in.

Chocolate Chips: This is a classic monster cookie add in. Personally, I don’t think a monster cookie is complete without chocolate chips. You can use your favorite type, semi-sweet, milk chocolate, and white chocolate are great choices.

M&M’s: Another monster cookie staple. I love adding these to my monster cookies. You can jazz your recipe up using any of their many great flavor options. Caramel, almond, chocolate mint or whatever your favorite is.

Reese’s: I know, I know. This is a peanut butter free recipe. But no monster cookie add on list would be complete without Reese’s Pieces or peanut butter cups.

Candy Bars: Chopping up your favorite candy bar and adding it to your cookie is a fun and delicious way to add interesting flavors to your recipe.

Cinnamon: If you are a cinnamon fan, add a half teaspoon to your cookie dough for a delightful flavor blast.

Coconut: Shredded, sweet coconut flakes go great with this recipe. Perfect for the coconut lover.

Extracts: You can sub out vanilla extract for almond, walnut, or even maple for a completely different monster cookie experience.

Yes! You Can Make Monster Cookies Without Peanut Butter

Even without peanut butter, these cookies are delectably chewy! There are a couple things to keep in mind to make sure they come out just right.

These monster cookies will look ever so slightly undercooked when you remove them from the oven. But that’s ok!

They will set when cooled. And to cool them make sure to place them on a wire cooling rack.

Another important tip is to line your baking sheet with parchment paper. These cookies really like to stick to the pan and if you don’t use parchment paper, your cookies will probably break apart when you move them to the cooling rack.

And if you follow these simple tips, your monster cookies will be super chewy and delicious.

How To Make No Peanut Butter Monster Cookies

This recipe yields two dozen cookies and takes less than 25 minutes start to finish.


  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter (Softened)
  • 3/4 tsp. Salt
  • 3/4 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Extract (Vanilla, or Maple, or Almond)
  • 3/4 Cup Quick Oats
  • 1/3 Cup M&M’s
  • 1/2 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees and lining your baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add your oats, salt, flour, and baking soda to mixing bowl and set aside.

In a separate mixing bowl, add your butter and granulated sugar and mix until creamy.

Then add in your extract and eggs and mix until completely combined.

Gradually pour your dry mixture to your wet while mixing. Mix until dough is well combined.

Stir in all your add ins by hand until evenly distributed.

Add a heaping tablespoon of dough to parchment paper lined baking sheet for each cookie.

Bake for eleven to thirteen minutes and remove. Cool completely on a wire rack before serving.

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Monster Cookies Without Peanut Butter

Chewy, flavor packed monster cookies perfect for parties or a family dessert.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 295 kcal


  • Mixer
  • Mixing Bowls
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cooling Rack


  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 Sticks Unsalted Butter Softened
  • ¾ tsp. Salt
  • ¾ tsp. Baking Soda
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ¾ Cup Quick Oats
  • Cup M&M's
  • ½ Cup Milk Chocolate Chips


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Except granulated sugar, add dry ingredients to mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Add butter and granulated sugar to separate mixing bowl and blend until creamy.
  • Add vanilla extract and eggs and mix until well combined.
  • Gradually add your dry mixture while mixing on medium high. Mix until well combined.
  • Hand stir in chocolate chips and M&M's until evenly distributed.
  • For each cookie, add a heaping tablespoon of dough to your parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 11-13 minutes.
  • Remove and cool on wire rack.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Calories: 295kcal
Keyword Monster Cookies, Peanut Butter Free
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