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Monster Chip Cookies

Judy Mabrey, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, shares these treats with "monsters" who ring her doorbell on Halloween. She also gives them as Christmas gifts.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen


  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 cups chopped nuts


  • In a large bowl, cream shortening, butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Beat in vanilla and lemon juice. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chips and nuts. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  • Drop by 1/4 cupfuls 3 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned and center is set. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 614 calories, 36g fat (13g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 412mg sodium, 70g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 4g fiber), 9g protein.
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  • Melinda
    Nov 23, 2016

    Quick tip: make this recipe!!! Promise, you will love.Full review: I know this comment thread is old but I just had to finally write a review. I have been making these cookies for the past 7 years for thanksgiving and everyone always RAVES about them. I follow the recipe exactly and they come out amazing every year. The only change is sometimes I don't have time to refrigerate so they may only get an hour in the fridge some years. So many people ask for this recipe I hope this page never changes from the Taste of Home website. This year I have to double the recipe which is crazy because the original makes so many but I have too many people requesting these and even willing to pay for the ingredients just so I make them!!

  • Kidsncats
    Apr 23, 2014

    Made these today and they are so good. I chose to make them about tablespoon size and baked them at 350° for about 10-12 minutes or until light golden brown around the edges. Nice and chewy and will make again

  • life2christ27
    Jan 8, 2012

    I also put in 36oz of chocolate chips and omit the nuts. Delicious!

  • life2christ27
    Jan 8, 2012

    The best cookie recipe! I get asked to make these cookies all the time. The big difference that everyone talks about is the cinnamon is these cookies. My go to chocolate chip cookie recipe!

  • linzerbug
    May 22, 2011

    awesome cookie recipe. raves above toll-house recipe.

  • missi2111
    Dec 20, 2010

    Delicious--the cinnamon is like a subtle secret ingredient.

  • proesner
    Oct 13, 2010

    Everyone who has these cookies loves them!

  • CINDY080940
    Nov 15, 2009

    really great recipe. I made them smaller so that I had a BIG batch to share. Also used crisp cereal instead of nuts 1st time I made them to share, as some cannot tolerate nuts.

  • AMWmomofsix
    Oct 17, 2009

    These turned out even bigger than I thought they would. My kids and husband loved them and told me I should make them again.

  • 5xamom
    Sep 14, 2009

    Too cake like for my liking. Not enough oatmeal, either. It is just a matter of taste.