A Marriage Ref and a Monster

Close-Up of Stacked Monster Cookies

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I know I go on and on here complaining about things…my husband, my hair, the size of my thighs…and I just want all you out there to know that my life is pretty great.  It’s really just the silly things in life I like to complain about.  And there are a lot of silly things…at least in my little world 😉
Like that new show, The Marriage Ref.  Have you seen it?  Oh my word.
If you aren’t familiar it is a show where a couple comes on with a (fairly superficial) issue and 3 “panelists” get to weigh in.  The panelists are famous celebrities who I am sure cannot, evenly remotely, relate to the issues at hand…but hence their opinion is weighed and the “Ref” decides the fate of the couple’s problem.
Quick example ~ there was a couple on the show where the wife wanted the husband to get rid of a couch that the he had “gotten down” with his ex on and the husband wanted the wife to get rid of the prosthetic leg that she had on display that belonged to her late husband.
Good Lord!
Now, odd as this scenario is, the even odder thing is the fact that on the celebrity “panel” there was Madonna.
For reals?
What does she know about marriage?  I mean, no judgment, but hasn’t she been married and divorced multiple times?
Just sayin’.
Did y’all just laugh when I said “no judgment”…hahaha 😉
So, the couple’s odd behavior is put on display for the whole world to see and then there are 3 celebrities, whose credentials on this matter are questionable at best, judge them for laughs.
Look, I am all about low-brow television.  I seriously just watched a show called “Jerseylicious” (style network, Sundays 10pm), but Jerry Seinfeld produces this show and I am pretty sure is getting paid well for it, so sorry that I was expecting a bit more.
You see, I can watch Jerseylicious, expecting nothing more than a ridiculously offensive piece of garble and feel satisfied at hour’s end when I was correct about the garble part yet still mindlessly entertained.  BUT when you have your bar raised a little higher, in the case of The Marriage Ref, and you get Madonna, weird plastic surgery face and all, staring back giving marriage tips, ya know, I’m gonna feel a little manipulated.
Phew, I feel much better that that’s off my chest.
FYI…I have been under the weather the past few days and have been doing nothing else except watching hours and hours of dvr’d shows…so this has been my life since Sunday afternoon.  
Now to the cookies…
Here is my take on the famous Monster Cookie.  There are many recipes out there for these large, yummy cookies, but what make mine a little different is my love of Target.
Yes, you read that right…Target.
I found this cool trail mix there, called Monster trail mix.
A package of Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix 
So, being a rocket scientist and all I decided to marry the two.
I know, I know..I’m a genius.
In this bag you’ve got peanuts, raisins, peanut butter chips, M&M’s and chocolate chips.
Yum!Top view of a monster cookie on a napkin
For the full recipe in my updated Monster Cookie post! 
Close-up of a monster cookie


A monster cookie next to a playing card to show its size


My kids loved these cookies and so did my hubby, who is a hard-sell on any cookie besides a Snickerdoodle.
They would be a great addition to a picnic, which is great since Spring is here.

Monster Cookies

  • Author: Adapted from Baked



1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tsp kosher salt
5 ¾ cups rolled oats
¾ cups (1 ½ stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 ½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
1 tsp light corn syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 whole bag of Monster Trail* mix
* if you aren’t in a place you can make Monster trail mix using:
1/2 cup peanuts
1/2 cup M&M’s
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup peanut butter chips
1/4 cup raisins


1. In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add the oats and stir until combined.
In the bowl with an electric mixer and paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and pale in color. Add the sugars and mix until incorporated.
2. Scrape down the bowl and add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth and scraping down the bowl when necessary. Add the corn syrup and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
3. Add peanut butter. Mix on low speed until just combined, add the oat mixture in three additions, mixing on low speed until just incorporated.
4. On “stir” or the low setting of the mixer (or using a wooden spoon) and add trail mix. Stir until the mixture is evenly distributed. Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper. You are making large cookies, so use your ice cream scoop to scoop dough…this is approx the size of 2 Tbsp – 2 inches apart.
6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating pans halfway through baking time. Let cool on pans for 8-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely


Makes at least 3 dozen cookies

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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Sylvia jordan
May 24, 2021 2:40 pm

How much pkg trail mix !! Do I add??

Sylvia jordan
May 23, 2021 9:04 pm

On the monster cookies it says to add 1 pkg of the trail mix ,, but what size pkg ??I have a 14oz bag ! Is that too much or how many cups?? Thanks Sylvia

September 13, 2011 6:12 am


Is that suppose to be 5 3/4 cups of rolled oats.

August 24, 2010 3:37 pm

Hello! I found this blog in foodista and followed it here. This is a lovely blog and awesome Monster, Monster Cookie recipe. Reminds me of mom's recipe and it was superb. I havn't seen the show since I live half way around the world but I'll try to look for it in youtube. By the way you can place more foodista widget in your past and future blogs so that other foodista readers can follow and see your blog too. Just reach for a related recipe or food and use its widget. I hope to read more from you. Cheers!

Diana's Cocina
March 30, 2010 3:52 pm

LOL! Great looking cookie, wish I had one. I love the monster mix from target:).

March 29, 2010 3:03 am

Never watched that show. Those cookies look awesome!

March 27, 2010 10:56 pm

My kids love Monster Cookies but I don't think I've ever even tried them. I'll have to make these and give 'em a try!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking}
March 27, 2010 3:47 am

Great job on these happy monster cookies! Love the photos……these would be awesome straight out of the oven, irresistible!

March 26, 2010 11:57 am

That is my fave trail mix! 🙂 Cookies look yummy.

I haven't seen that show but have seen a few clips. I don't think it will last long.

March 26, 2010 10:23 am


March 25, 2010 11:48 pm

Wow … these sound soooo good! Too bad I can't find that trailer mix in Germany.

Thanks for stopping by the other day and leaving a comment. Congrats on your award as well.

PS: I love the cupcakes with the teacups and saucers on top. Just gorgeous!

March 25, 2010 8:30 pm

I saw that show once and it happened to be THAT one. I thought Ricky Gervais was funny but most likely won't be watching another.

Those cookies look great and so does the trail mix! I don't go to Target very often (like twice a year lol) because it's not that close, but I know what will be on my list next time I do go!!!

Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Found you through Bake@350 and I am now following you. Will look forward to browsing through your site to see what other yummy treats you have here.


Tiffiny Felix
March 25, 2010 8:16 pm

LOL about The Marriage Ref! My teenage daughter and I watched an episode and I couldn't decide if I was laughing because it was funny or because it was insane and rediculous! Whatever the reason for my giggles, I gave my husband a huge hug afterward–'cause he's so awesome and will never want to stuff one of our dead pets and put them on display 😉 **Anyway**, I followed a link to you from Bake at 350 and I love, love, love you blog! So much goodness, so little time 😉

March 25, 2010 5:43 pm

Now, why didn't I think of that. How many times have you heard that?? These look seriously, 'monsterly' delicious.

March 25, 2010 4:54 pm

I love this cookie! My son loves it when I make a large cookie just for him :)I'd love to guide our readers to your site if you won't mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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