Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs



So. House Hunters.

You know that show on HGTV that focuses on some random couple who get to pick between three different houses?  Yeah, that one.  I actually really like the show — it’s neat to see the different layouts of other homes, and especially see what homes look like internationally.  However, I LOATHE the people on the show.

Sometimes I wonder in what kind of dark hole did HGTV extract these terrible people, because they’re absolutely terrible (go figure).  First of all, they blab on and on about their “Must List” which usually includes a variety of things that would be nearly impossible to purchase on an ordinary market in say, an upper middle class neighborhood in Anytown, USA.  These things include, but are not limited to: indoor swimming pools, seventeen bedrooms and sixteen bathrooms, walk-in closets for everyone including their pet fish, hard-wood floors made from the most exotic and endangered tree in the world, a built-in Rosie the Robot, and a 10-acre backyard for their annoying kids that mows itself.

Oh. And for like, $115K?  Is that reasonable, realtor-person-who-probably-wants-to-push-you-in-front-of-a-moving-semi?

So then this realtor, probably mentally orchestrating how they will successfully murder this obnoxious couple, shows the couple some house that is missing one of the bajillion amenities this couple requires to live, and the couple nitpicks the place clean as impractically as possible.

“Wow, this living room is HUGE!  But oh my god, look at the color of the walls!  Who paints their walls taupe?  What a shame that we are somehow physically incapable of repainting this living room.”

“Oh my gosh, the guest bathroom is like, ten feet from the kitchen!  I don’t know how I feel about having a bathroom near the kitchen.  You know how I get after Taco Thursdays…”

“This bathroom is great but, it doesn’t have a view!  I was really hoping when I urinated I could look out onto the city below and make faces at people.”

“Whoa, this 150,000 acre backyard is beautiful!  But oh my gosh, it’s like, seven miles away from a highway.  That could probably disturb our fragile sleeping patterns.”

“Awh man, it’s a two-story house!  Our able-bodied child, too young to walk presently, will NEVER be able to figure out the concept of stairs!  It’s just too baffling for his childlike mind.”

“The tiling in this bathroom is great, but the bathroom itself is on the smaller side.  You know how I love to throw ballroom dancing classes in the bathroom.”

“This kitchen is a little on the dated side.  I’m concerned our friends will judge us for having a slightly dated kitchen, rather than for being the completely vapid, ignorant buttfaces that we are.”

And so on, and so forth, until I rip all my hairs out because I want to dropkick these annoying couples in the eyeball.

So usually, when watching the show (which is constantly since my parents have some sort of weird attachment to the show–but also, thankfully, agree that the couples are usually dolts), I have to also be focused on something else so I’m not distracted by the fact that the world will end House-Hunters-style because there are so many stupid people in the world who think wall colors are permanent.  And usually, that means I’m snacking on something so I’m in my happy place.  Being in your happy place is good, I find.

DSC_1757AEnter: Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs. Perfect for the monster inside of you that only comes out when House Hunters is on.

You need to make these!  One of my FAVORITE brownie bomb recipes yet!


4.9 from 8 reviews
Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
Recipe type: Brownie Bombs
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 18
These brownie bombs are stuffed with yummy monster cookie dough -- perfect for you and your little monsters!
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup smooth peanut butter, plus 1 Tbsp pb, divided
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • ½ cup - ¾ cup quick oats (depending on your preference)
  • About 2 cups flour
  • 1 & ½ cups miniature M&M's, divided
  • 9x13" pan brownies, baked and cooled
  • ½ cup miniature chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg vanilla Candiquik
  • 1 pkg Betty Crocker Oatmeal Cookie Mix
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  1. Make your dough! If making the from-scratch cookie dough, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter and ¾ cup peanut butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in the sugars and beat to combine. Add in the vanilla and milk to incorporate.
  2. Beat in the flour to combine, and lastly, add in the oats and ONE cup of the mini M&M's, stirring to blend. Roll the dough into Tablespoon-sized balls and place on a foil-rimmed cookie sheet. Freeze until solid, a couple hours, or overnight.
  3. Cut the cooled brownies into approx. 1" sized squares. Take a square in the palm of your hand and gently press down to flatten. Wrap the brownie around the frozen cookie dough ball to cover; press the brownie around to help blanket the cookie dough completely. If it doesn't totally cover it, that's okay. Return the brownie-covered balls to the baking sheet and freeze for about 20 minutes to set.
  4. Microwave the Candiquik according to package directions; once smooth, stir in the remaining Tablespoon of peanut butter to combine. Dip the bombs into the peanut butter mixture, coating completely, before returning to the cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle with remaining mini M&Ms and mini chocolate chips.
  5. Store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Makes approx. 15-18 truffles, depending on the size of the cookie dough and cut brownies.
  6. *For the "Even Easier" recipe, mix together the Betty Crocker Oatmeal cookie mix with the softened butter, peanut butter and milk in the bowl of a stand mixer until a soft dough forms. Stir in the mini M&M's and prepare the recipe as normal. This is an easy shortcut!


Included in the recipe is a super easy shortcut featuring Betty Crocker’s Oatmeal Cookie Mix.  If you’re not feeling the whole measuring-out-from-scratch thing, simply use the mix instead with a few tweaks for an authentic, homemade flavor without all the extra work.  Easy peasy!

These brownie bombs are one of my favorites to date!  I love that monster cookies incorporate some of my favorite cookie elements: oats, peanut butter, brown sugar, and miniature M&M’s for that pop of color.  You could certainly add in mini Reese’s Pieces if you’d like, or miniature peanut butter chips for a more peanutty flavor.  And if you’re super into chocolate, consider dipping the brownie bombs into chocolate, and drizzling the chocolate bombs with peanut butter sauce.  That’d be tasty, too!

Have a delicious day!!

xo, Hayley



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  1. I had to laugh at his because I turned on House Hunters the other day and immediately switched channels because the couple was unbearable. haha! I love your brownie bomb recipes Hayley! And I always see them all over Pinterest. I know this one will be popular! I love monster cookies :)

  2. I was actually selected to be on House Hunters, but I didn’t go through with it because 1. They require 3 week days and only give you $500 dollars (less than a couple buying a house could make at work for 3 days!) 2. they require you pick out the house BEFORE going on the show. Seriously?? Stupid. So all of those idiotic comments people are making are on houses they already know if they’re buying or not. Made me angry. I think these monster cookie dough brownie bombs would’ve helped me get over that so much faster.

  3. OMG! Looking at these just made my day! They look so delicious and fun. I’ll definitely be adding this recipe to my recipe book.

    New Mama Diaries

  4. Hayley! You are incredible! All the desserts and tasty treats you com up with blows my mind! These included, they look killer! Monster cookie dough brownie bombs! I mean come on!

  5. Yashica says:

    I too watch House Hunters and find the people unbearable at times…OMG!! I just want to reach through the tv and slap them!

    these monster cookie dough brownie bombs look like the BOMB!!! Can’t wait to make these, Thanks Hayley

  6. Lol at this – laughed my ass off. Moar cookie dough!

  7. Haha – they have to be prepared for “Taco Tuesday!” ;) I don’t watch that show and I don’t think I’ll start after reading this…

    These bombs look wickedly awesome! Super decadent :)

  8. I love monsters. I love brownies. This is a great combination!

    Also I love House Hunters. I don’t have cable so whenever I travel, I just sit in the hotel and watch House Hunters marathons, they just suck me in and I can’t leave or think about anything else.

  9. It’s so funny you brought up House Hunters!! When I bought my condo, they were filming in the area so there was a local publication that sent out a casting information email. When I read it I just had to laugh because like Kelly said you basically had to be closing on your house to even be considered. So now every time I see the show, I can usually tell which house they’re picking.

    And these brownie bombs? FANTASTIC!!

  10. I’ll take a dozen please!!

  11. I’m loving your Monster Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs, Hayley! I love the rebel in you. Just don’t look at my recent post for a tiny bite-sized dessert. (Too froufrou by comparison, LOL!) These treats are just off…the…chain, girl! LOVE. xo

  12. There is so much yummy goodness going on here… We just dont know where to begin!!!!

  13. House Hunters is one of those shows that is hit or miss. Usually, I’ll change the channel unless it’s House Hunters International. Then the gorgeous scenery sucks me in and the annoying couples fade to the background. You are killing it with these brownie bomb recipes! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next.

  14. OMG…I totally get annoyed with House Hunters too, but still keep watching it. Like Kelly said, my husband told me that they totally come and film after the couple has already bought their house so it totally ruined it for me! And these Monster Cookie Dough Bombs have my name written all over them! You’re a genius, Hayley!

  15. LOL – <3 this post. And the 'bombs' are totally drool-worthy. Happy 4th! Congrats on your 1st day at the new job :)

  16. LOL – The people on those shows are so crazy! I really hate the international shows because those people complain 100 times more! These brownie bombs would drown out their “I must have a beach house or else what’s the point of buying a home in some amazing exotic location where I can unwind from stressful life” whines.

  17. Haha I have a love/hate relationship with that show too! I can never figure out how people can’t see past a paint color?! I can see where they would push you to eat a whole batch of these yummies!

  18. Monster cookie dough brownie bombs?! YES!!! I will take a dozen. Make sure to include an ice pack, it’s hotter than hell right now.

  19. OMG. I totally agree about the HH couples! So obnoxious. Before we bought our house, my hubby and I watched it relentlessly to get a feel for our tastes. But everyone on there would always be like, “Ohhh, I’m not so sure about this house. The paint color in the dining room just isn’t my style.” BLARGH! Paint it, ya dummy! Anyway, one bite of these brownie bombs and I could die happy. The end.

  20. These brownie bombs keep blowing my mind, Hayley. If you keep at it I won’t even be able to comment anymore….I’ll just be found in my room, staring shocked and awed by the deliciousness LOL. ;)

  21. ahahahaaaaaa omg that is hilaaaarious. It’s true though. My mom used to watch that show and I’d occasionally watch with her and be so confused like, “Um…they know they can repaint, right?”

    Monster cookie dough bombs=GETOUTTAHEREYESYESYESS

  22. Can you please overnight me some of these brownie bombs???

  23. LOL I was cracking up reading that whole little segment of thoughts in quotations! Thouse house hunters are definitely cray cray.

  24. Ah, yes, simply amazing! Could use a few right now! Yummy!

  25. My mom LOVES House Hunters and I’ll never understand why LOL Love the little monster bombs and the option to make them even quicker and easier. Very nice :)

  26. This would be my favorite for sure!! OMG Hayley!
    And HH. Love the show, but yeah, the people. They must tell them to be obnoxious…I hope!

  27. I love all things monster cookie, so you know I have to make these ASAP!

  28. I would love to dropkick all of these couples with you! That being said, I’ll just hold back and munch on these awesome brownie bombs.

  29. These bombs are out of control. Every time you make a bomb I can’t imagine them getting any more food porn-ish but you keep doing it!

  30. I always get sucked in by House Hunters, but the people are so irritating. This post cracked me up! ” You know how I get after Taco Thursdays…” LOL

    And These brownie bombs from heaven? I need a dozen, please!

  31. Are you kidding me?! These look amazing!!

  32. I feel the same way about HH! I love to see the homes, but the people-ridiculous!! I’m with Dorothy, I hope they tell them to nit pick everything, and that these people are just not that unbelieveable! These Monster cookie dough brownies are unbelieveable too…but it a GREAT way!!! Yummy!!

  33. YAY, its working again :) now i can tell you how much I adore all your goodies :) these look so good! I feel like that sometimes with cupcake wars, I love the show, but I get annoyed when the judges reference the theme, example: christmas theme: Candice says; ” the flavour was lacking, I didn’t want to unwrap this present”.
    We get it, stop referencing the theme! :)

  34. I totally agree with you! The people on that show are ridiculous and make me so aggravated! These brownie bombs will make me happy again :)

  35. Uh. You are the coolest, most fantastic cook out there. Your creations are incredible! Thank you for using your quirky, talented, creative brain to think of such concoctions. Each one makes my jaw drop, then puts a smile on my face.

  36. laura vw says:

    I had a dessert bar for a graduation party this w/e. These were the first to go, everyone young and old loved these.

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Laura! What a cute idea to have a dessert bar! So glad to hear the brownie bombs were a hit. :)

  37. You are the best and thank you so much for this particular write-up! You’ve hit it spot on! Oh, and I LOVE the recipe too. ;)

  38. These look absolutely delicious! I might have to try these as a modified Christmas cookie this year :)


  40. Hayley you rock! Awesome idea. I have 4 grandchildren that will delight in these, especially the five year old twin girls. These are so colorful and unique. I would never dare to change your recipe but the first thing I thought of when I saw them was that they were cake pops. No they are better! What could be better than peanut butter cookies covered with brownies plus covered with white candy and m&ms? Heaven! However I want to try somehow to mold them into a cake pop pan so I can put the popsicle stick on them. A good excuse to buy that cake pop pan finally. You have a new follower Hayley!!!

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Daria Jane — (and BTW, even if this name is a pseudonym I LOVE it since I’m a HUGE Daria cartoon fan!!) I’m so glad you stumbled on my blog and will be making these bombs into cake pops! Let me know how that turns out because I have a feeling they’ll be adorable and delicious!! :) have a great day, m’lady!!

      • Yes, I love Daria the cartoon (hint) and my real middle name is Jane. I have not made them yet but I plan to this week for my 8 year old grandson’s birthday, I think they will be a big hit. So colorful and how could they not be good! :)

        • thedomesticrebel says:

          Yay, I knew it! Even as a pseudonym it’s awesome!

          • Hayley, Reading your blog about House Hunters prompted me to start watching it! I like it and you are right some of the people are madly annoying, but I love the international version. I laughed myself silly tonight watching a couple moving from Scotland to Australia. The woman was an “aspiring” model and in every room she struck a pose!!! OMG and she was not pretty at all, rather skanky! She did that through the whole show, even wore a hot pink skimpy dress the whole time. That show is a hoot! Thanks for the heads up! :)


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