Tuesday, September 4, 2012

What have I been craving? Funny I should force you to ask.  Monster cookies. You know, those giant cookies as big as your head with everything but the kitchen sink thrown in? Yes, those. 
The first recipe that came up when I Googled "monster cookies" was from Recipe Girl.  I must have been feeling ambitious because I opted to double the recipe.  If you've ever made monster cookies before you know what a silly idea this is.  More on that later.
 Here's Lori's recipe from RecipeGirl.com:

monster cookies


Yield: 36 regular sized or 22 giant cookies
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups creamy or chunky peanut butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated white sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup M&M's plain chocolate candies

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray, or line with parchment paper or a silpat mats.
2. In a large bowl, combine the peanut butter with the sugars and butter. Use an electric mixer to mix until well combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla. Mix in the oats and baking soda. Then stir in the chips and M&M's.
3. Drop the cookies by heaping spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. If you'd like your cookies to look pretty (like the photo), dot a few extra M&M's and chocolate chips on each mound of dough before baking.
4. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets until cookies are set. Transfer to wire racks; cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Tips:

*If you are preparing this cookie as gluten-free, just be sure to make sure you are using brands of the following items that are known to be GF: peanut butter, vanilla, oats, chocolate chips and M&M's.
*If you'd prefer to make giant cookies, use an ice cream scoop instead to scoop the dough onto the cookie sheet. They'll need to bake for 18 to 20 minutes, and you'll end up with about 22 cookies.
Source: RecipeGirl.com

Ok, remember how I said it was silly to double this recipe?  Well, for some reason I thought my stand mixer could handle 3 cups of peanut butter, 2 sticks of butter, 4 cups of sugar, 6 eggs AND 9 cups of oats.  Yeah, needless to say, I had to move the mix over to my giant metal bowl before adding the oats to use my hand mixer.
 Here's everything all mixed up.  That's more than 12 cups of mix right there.  What was I thinking?
 Anyway, I don't have a normal size ice cream scooper so I used my silicone 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the dough.  This worked well because the soft silicone material allowed me to press the dough out of the cup easily.  Using this method, I made over 50 cookies by doubling the batch.
 This is a normal size cookie sheet.  That should give you an idea of how huge these are.
 But in case that didn't, here's one in my hand.
Doubling the batch gave me 3 gallon size zipper bags full of cookies.  I sent one bag over to share with Sis &  Chris.  More will me making their way to other homes. 
I'm eating one now as I write this.  Be jealous and then make some of your own because you'll love them!

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6 comments:

  1. Those look awesome! It's kind of funny because I made "mini" chocolate chip cookies yesterday...and doubled the batch:).

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    1. That's crazy! I gave these away by the bag full. lesson learned.

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  2. MONSTER COOKIES. there is a bakery-type place in backwoods Ontario near my parents' farms and they have monster cookies and they are the best. Only theirs have smarties in them. And I always had to have the one with the most purple smarties when I was a kid. Because I'm a shit.

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    1. Smarties? in a cookie? You aren't a shit. You are THE shit.

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  3. WOW those are monster cookies! They look so yummy and easy too! Thanks for sharing! Love from your newest Twitter and GFC follower, Whimsically Homemade!

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    1. They were very easy. Thanks for following! I just stopped by your blog and did the same. Can't wait to dig a little deeper into your blog.

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