These aren't Christmas cookies per se, but Ross' moms mailed us some holiday M&Ms and suddenly I really wanted some Monster Cookies. Apparently, different people call these different things, but these are flourless cookies made with oatmeal, peanut butter, and M&Ms and they are so. good.
I think they're called Monster Cookies because this makes a MONSTER batch. I counted 8 dozen (that's 96 cookies!) AFTER I'd already eaten a large amount of dough while baking. Perfect for handing out to anyone and everyone. These are fun to tailor to the nearest holiday by buying the appropriate colors of M&Ms (I've used orange and black for Halloween and pastel for Easter).
I got this recipe from my mom's collection and it's on a card in my grandma's handwriting. I'm not sure where the original recipe came from, but it's one of my favorites now.
1/2 lb. butter (2 sticks)
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1.5 cups brown sugar
1/2 Tbs. vanilla
4 tsp. baking soda
Mix these ingredients well and then stir in the following:
3 cups peanut butter
9 cups oatmeal
1 cup plain M&Ms
1 cup chocolate (or butterscotch) chips
Place large spoonfuls on un-greased cookie sheet and flatten slightly. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly brown.
I dare you to eat just one.