Monster Cookie Cheese Ball

This Monster Cookie Cheese Ball recipe is a crowd pleaser! Stuffed with candy, chocolate and peanut butter, you’re going to want to try this soon!

Halloween treats are easy to make when all you have to do is add some candy eyes! Try it out with these Spooky Brookies and these delicious Peanut Butter Cookie Cups!

Sweet monster cookie cheeseball covered in m&m candies and candy eyes.

Sweet Cheese Ball Recipe

I’m a big fan of googly eyes. Especially the edible kind that you find around Halloween. They can turn any basic treat into a “Spooky Treat” just by adding eyeballs.

Some of my most popular recipes on the blog are cheese balls.

Sweet or savory, they always seem to be a hit. Know why?

Because in real life, people love to dig into a cheese ball. Spread them on crackers, cookies or even fruit and they are always a crowd pleaser.

I’ve been wanting to make another Sweet Cheese Ball recipe for quite a while. . . specifically a Monster Cookie Cheese Ball!

Do you love monster cookies? Filled with oatmeal, peanut butter, chocolate chips, M&M’S and raisins, they are the “everything” of cookies.

Ingredient Notes

Monster cookie cheeseball with a scoop removed to see the filling.

This cheese ball has all the key components of a classic monster cookie:

  • M&Ms – Use regular milk chocolate M&Ms for a traditional look or you could use one of the special bags of Halloween colored M&Ms.
  • Peanut Butter- I prefer smooth peanut butter in the cheese ball
  • Quick oats – NOT whole rolled or instant oatmeal
  • Chocolate chips

Notice anything missing? Yes, I used candy eyeballs instead of raisins.

I debated whether to keep the raisins in for today’s cheese ball recipe, and opted out of them in the end. While I know I would love the chewy addition, I feared that my kids would flip out (in a bad way).

The dilemma then became….is it still a Monster Cookie without raisins?? I solved that question by adding eyeballs to my cheese ball. So if anyone questions the ingredients list, I can just say…the “monster” comes from the eyes!

I guarantee there won’t be any questions though. Your party guests will be too busy noshing on this fun treat!

If you’ve got a tailgating party or Halloween bash, this Monster Cookie Cheese Ball is the perfect snack to bring along!

Step by Step Instructions

Never made a cheese ball? You’ll be happy to hear it’s very simple.

STEP 1. Make the cheeseball

Beat peanut butter with cream cheese, butter and sugars, then add the oats, half the M&Ms, and chocolate chips.

STEP 2. Shape and chill

Line a 4 cup bowl with plastic wrap and drop cheese ball mixture into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours.

STEP 3. Add outside layer

Remove the cheese ball from refrigerator and unroll from the plastic wrap. Place it on a serving plate.

Using your hands, press in the remaining M&M’S to cover the cheese ball completely. Then press in sets of candy eye balls all over the cheese ball.

Serve immediately or chill until dessert time!

Monster cookie cheese ball with colored candies and candy eyes on a silver platter.

Tips and Tricks

  • This can be made a day or so in advance. Just wait to press the top layer of M&Ms and eyeballs into the cheese ball until you’re ready to serve it.
  • Store your cheese ball in the fridge covered in plastic wrap. If you end up with leftover cheese ball (unlikely with how tasty it is), you can reform it into a smaller ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. It won’t be as pretty, but it’ll still taste good!

Recipe FAQs

What can you serve with sweet cheese balls?

Dessert cheese balls are perfect paired with all kinds of cookies, pretzels and butter crackers! If you like the combo of peanut butter, banana and chocolate, you’ll enjoy this spread on banana slices too.

Are cheese balls a dessert or an appetizer?

Why not both! I think of cheese ball as a classic party food when everyone’s walking around switching from savory to sweet and back again.

Why are monster cookies called Monster Cookies?

Monster cookies contain peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate chips, M&M’s and raisins. They are a “monster” sized treat.

This would also make a fun dessert to share with the family after dinner. Kids LOVE anything with candy googly eyes and M&Ms.

The zany addition of candy eyeballs makes this recipe a hit with everyone! You’re going to have so much fun sharing this Monster Cookie Cheeseball!

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Yield: 12 servings

Monster Cookie Cheese Ball

Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

This Monster Cookie Cheese Ball recipe is a crowd pleaser! Stuffed with candy, chocolate and peanut butter, you’re going to want to try this soon!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup quick cook oatmeal
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 cup M&M’S® Milk Chocolate candies, divided
  • candy googly eyes, optional

Instructions

    1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with cream cheese, peanut butter, and sugars. Scrape down sides of bowl as needed, and beat for about 3 minutes.
    2. Beat in dry oatmeal until well blended.
    3. Fold in chocolate chips and 2 cups M&M’S® Milk Chocolate candies.
    4. Line a large bowl (about 4 cup size) with plastic wrap. Drop cheese ball mixture into bowl and cover with more plastic wrap. Refrigerate for about 2 hours.
    5. When ready to serve, place chilled cheese ball on serving plate. Press in remaining 2 cup M&M’S® Milk Chocolate candies over the top and sides until completely covered. Add candy eyes if desired.
    6. Serve with graham crackers, cookies and pretzels. ENJOY!

Notes

  • This can be made a day or so in advance. Just wait to press the top layer of M&Ms and eyeballs into the cheese ball until you're ready to serve it.
  • Store your cheese ball in the fridge covered in plastic wrap. If you end up with leftover cheese ball (unlikely with how tasty it is), you can reform it into a smaller ball and wrap it in plastic wrap. It won't be as pretty, but it'll still taste good!

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Posted on October 23, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. I think you are right, there is definitely something about cheese balls; they are always the first thing to go at any party!  I love this, it so perfect for Halloween.  Those eyes are adorable!

  2. This is the cheese ball to end all cheese balls!  And something for the big kids to eat while we are handing out all the treats to the littles!  🙂

  3. Oh my goodness this is the cutest and most delicious sounding appetizer ever!  We love M & M’s in any form, but with googly eyes?  This would be gone in a New York minute.

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