Back to School Gift: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Monster Cookies

Can you believe it? School is right around the corner and I am not sure how you feel about this but I am super bummed. I know I don’t have a dog in the fight so to speak as my oldest son only goes to mommy’s day out/pre-k 3 days a week but it still makes me sad nonetheless and the fact that next year is the real deal makes me want to hide in a corner somewhere. Why can’t my baby boy stay my baby boy forever? Okay, I know the answer to that- Let’s go on!

So what do you do when your kids go back to school? By all means you shower the teacher’s with goodies! Its a mom’s little way of saying I am in this- I am focused- I am ready for the year- I appreciate all your going to do for my child this year and GOOD LUCK!

Now I know teachers SUPPOSEDLY like apples but seriously who wants an apple when they can have a cookie! A monster deliciously chewy, slight crispy and amazingly rich cookie. This is by far one of my favorite cookie recipes and it couldn’t be easier. I am such a cookie snob that I don’t typically share the few die hard sacred chocolate chip cookie recipes I have but I thought the time had come to dive in and give you a little taste of one of my favorite things in the world! Now my son actually hates M&M’s. Yes I know its crazy and while we are in therapy for this outrageous phobia (only kidding) I had to remove the M&M’s from our family jar to please him. So you aren’t going to see M&M’s in the baked cookies above but just note they are the perfect addition to this recipe and yet with or without them the cookies are still amazing. The secret is the combination of fat and oil and flour and oats

Your child’s teacher(s) definitely deserve a little sweet treat before the school year begins but you know who else does- MOM! Here’s to a new school year!

Back to School Gift: Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Monster Cookies
  • Dry Ingredients ( Either mix as is or place in separate levels within a mason jar)
  • 1⅓ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • ¾ cup m&ms
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • Wet Ingredients: (If mixing these together for a gift in a mason jar then attach a label or tag with the list of wet ingredients needed and directions of how to incorporate it)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Stir all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add in the wet ingredients and stir until everything is combined. Using a large spoon or tablespoon measure out ½ inch cookies balls and place onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10-13 minutes. Mine take 12 minutes exactly in my oven but in my mom's its 10 so just check on them once you reach 10 minutes. Remove when they are slightly golden brown.


  1. 2 Sisters Recipes

    Perfect Idea! Why didn’t I think of that? Genius! I am definitely forwarding this post over to my daughter – so she can give a gift to the nursery school teacher. Super! 🙂

  2. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    These look so delicious and this is such an awesome idea!!

  3. Kelli H

    I love this idea we got a new principle at school and I was wanting to make her a basket of goodies and this is perfect. This is why I love you girl

    1. kbelleicious

      Thanks Girl! I hope the kids are off to a great start at school!

  4. Liz

    I love, love monster cookies and would be thrilled to get this gift if I was a teacher! You are such a thoughtful parent. And just wait till your baby goes to college…mine did last fall 🙁

  5. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    What a fabulous gift idea Belle.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  6. Asmita

    What a beautiful idea. Those cookies look amazing too!

  7. Pure Complex

    Oh my goodness, this is the best idea ever! I love these cookies. i think I may try this out on my nieces bake sale. Love!

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh these would go over so well at a bake sale and it makes a huge batch too!

  8. Joanne

    Good call on winning the teachers over with these!! Such a cute idea!

  9. Helene @LaCuisineHelene

    I love the idea. I am visiting family that have young kids this w-end, maybe I should bring one as a gift.

    1. kbelleicious

      That is why I love this idea because everyone has a mason jar somewhere at home- either new or old. Just a quick wash and you can use it for a cookie mix! The kids would love it if you brought this. a winner for sure

  10. lena

    hi jess, i like that you named them monster cookies! i’m not a teacher but definately loving this! When your boy is at school, you will have more time to bake and cook! LOL! btw, you asked about the hi protein flour earlier. It is another name that we also call Bread flour and the protein level is usually between 11-13%. I will usually use bread flour if possible for making breads which gives a chewier and softer texture. Have a good day!

    1. kbelleicious

      thank you so much for explaining. I definitely have bread flour so I can’t wait to try that recipe of yours!

  11. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    What a great idea. Teachers need to be fortified at the beginning of the year too. 🙂

  12. kitchen flavours

    These cookies looks delightful! I am never a fan of M&M’s too, but then I’m an adult! LOL!
    Thanks for sharing these monster cookies!

  13. Kiran @

    LOVE monster cookies!! Yum!!

  14. jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Ok, you’re too adorable with those cookie filled jars and those labels are gorgeous. Did you make those yourself? If so, how? I want to know! I love that you think about the teachers at the beginning of the year because most people don’t, they just throw them gifts at the end of the year. You might start a new trend here and I think I’m going to copy you and give my teachers something homemade as well. I might give them a jar filled with my steel-cut oat and quinoa cereal or better yet, my s’more kit. I guess it depends on whether I get a healthy nut teacher or one who likes sweets.
    Hey, if you feel like it, you can always send me a jar. My kids would love it 🙂
    So funny that your little guy doesn’t like m&m’s. I love them and they are the one candy that I actually like since I’m not the biggest candy fan.
    My kid’s don’t start school till the 9th this year due to construction on their school, so we have 3 weeks of summer left and I have to say that I’m pretty happy about that. I do have tons to do for the blog as well as some freelance photography work, but they are happy to tag along and help, and Zoe and I do have more video’s to make. Eli wants to be in the next one, so we will see.
    Miss you girl! I just got back from a nice blogging break and am slowly getting back into a groove. When are you going to get on Instagram? Get on there soon. It’s my fave thing and I’m on it all the time. We could be insta buddies 🙂
    Love ya!

    1. kbelleicious

      the 9th! That is crazy, the kids here started like 2 years ago. I made the printables actually- if you ever need anything like that its what I do in my spare time! LOL! Laugh huh? What spare time! But its true! I am actually insta! Its kbelleicious- what is yours?

  15. nancy at good food matters

    Hi Jess, yes, school has started in Nashville too–what a nice idea for the kids
    I am taking care of my little grandson this week in DC
    He’s too young for monster cookies–but it won’t be long!

    1. kbelleicious

      oh nancy your grandson would love these monster cookies! and what a shame you may have to eat one or two with him! LOL!

  16. Bree (Skinny Mommy)

    These cookies look awesome!

  17. daphne

    I love this idea! And the jar filled will lovely ingredients with a no fail recipe. It’s a sweet gesture!!

  18. Blond Duck

    Those look so good! Drool!

  19. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes

    I love the large cookie size. Such a fun teacher gift.

    1. kbelleicious

      Larger the better when it comes to cookies right barbara

  20. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Totally saving this recipe and your cookies look soooo perfect. I think this can be a great gift from kids too as they can easily contribute to make this present. Really love this idea, Jessica!

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