Chocolate, peanut butter and m&m’s?! Yes please! These easy gluten free cookies are just what you need to celebrate this year’s Halloween!
Well it’s that time of the year again babes… Time to bring on all the themed treats! And what could be more fun than a spooky themed treat for Halloween, right?! 😉 (Yes I know…these aren’t the “spookiest” of cookies. But I’ve never been one for blood and guts during Halloween, sooo spooky-cute is what ya’ll get!) Trust me though, your friends and family will go crazy over these chocolate peanut butter monster cookies!
Let’s talk eyeballs first…
Where do I find candy eyes for cookies?
If your local grocery store is anything like mine, then they’ll have a set up of Halloween “specialty items” somewhere in the store. I would look there for candy eyes first. However, I’ve also found that most stores usually carry them in the baking aisle too. If you’re still not able to find them then Amazon always has some available and most options are pretty cheap.
What size of candy eyes should I use?
I used both medium and small eyes for mine. (I thought they looked “spookier” that way. 😉 ) But after my first test batch, I realized that the different sizes actually “cooked” differently too. Below are directions as to WHEN to put the candy eyes on your cookies depending on their size.
- Medium candy eyes: Press them into the cookie dough BEFORE baking.
- Small candy eyes: Press them into the cookies IMMEDIATELY AFTER the cookies are done baking and you pull them out of the oven.
Do I have to use peanut butter to make these monster cookies?
Not at all! However, if you choose not to use peanut butter then you do need to replace it with a different kind of nut butter. I would suggest using either almond or cashew butter instead.
Tips for making chocolate peanut butter monster cookies:
- Flatten the cookies out slightly on the baking sheet before putting them in the oven. (This cookie dough doesn’t spread like most others.)
- If the batter is too “sticky” and hard to roll, just place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to let it firm up.
So who’s ready to make these cookies and have some spooky fun this Halloween?! Hope you have a great day everyone!
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Monster Cookies
- 1 cup peanut butter (can replace with your favorite nut butter)
- ¼ cup unsweetened coco powder
- ½ cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ cup m&m's
- ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Candy eyes (medium)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a bowl, whisk the egg. Add the peanut butter, coco powder, coconut sugar and baking soda and stir with a large spoon. (DO NOT whisk these ingredients together as the dough becomes VERY THICK.)
- Stir in the m&m's and chocolate chips.
- Roll the dough into balls and place them on the baking sheet. Flatten them slightly and press a few candy eyes on top. (See note below if using small candy eyes!)
- Bake for 9 minutes. Then let them cool on the sheet for 5 minutes before taking them off to cool. NOTE: Cookies will look underdone when you take them out but will harden as they cool!