Kids Play: Monster Cookies!

Ahhh. In appropriate Halloween, but not so scary season….Monster cookies!! Although this is one of my favorite cookie recipes…no one does them better than The Cookie Company. Hats off to them, and a big thanks for the kitchen inspiration.

Confession: I had just recently bought a 25 lb bag of flour for a catering gig I had for this last weekend (of which I used 15 lbs…crazy!) and I wasn’t wanting to tap into it quite yet. I don’t exactly have a spare garbage can to store that much flour in since they don’t make airtight Tupperware the size of a large animal, so thank goodness this amazing cookie recipe doesn’t use flour, surprise!

I kind of cheated this recipe out I snagged from Recipe Girl because I wanted to be able to share with work friends, I made them normal cookie size instead of Monster size…which turned out to make about 40 cookies. These are such simple and basic to make the only thing you need to remember is to refrigerate them before baking. Although this is optional the cookies come out chewy and are much less messy.

Want to get your kids involved? Teach your kids the way of the kitchen! i was reading a food study (no surprise there) done in 2011 of solutions parents can use with kids who don’t eat. I don’t believe that kids should be given a diet of mac&cheese, chicken fingers, and hot dogs till their 15. If you teach your kids to only eat those typical fast kid items, then that’s what they’ll eat. Raise them on what’s considered ‘adult food’ right away and avoid all that boxed and preservative loaded crap! (oops…rant…)  Anywho, the study showed that the more parents involved their children in preparing meals, the easier it was not only to get them to eat all their food, but also to try new items. They will want to eat what they helped make!

     Although I’m sure no one has to beg their children to snack on delicious cookies… have them help! Leave out the M&M’s until the very end. Arrange the candies as a little face the best they can. They come out as little ‘scary’ faces since they baking allows them to spread out in different angles.

Tips: *I personally enjoy using the mini chocolate chips, especially with cookies that have other candy ingredients. That way you don’t get just a mouthful of candy/crunch instead of a more proportioned cookie and candy combo.

*Want the secret to perfect chewy cookies?? Under-bake them one 1 minute. The secrets out…it’s that simple!

*One more!! M&M’s are killer expensive and almost never go on sale. Watch for the single bag sales of M&M’s. They go on sale frequently and if you buy them every so often and throw them in your baking drawer…it ends up being cheaper than buying a large bag!

Monster Cookies

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup packed 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
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (mini)
1 cup M&M’s plain chocolate candies
 

1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line your pan with parchment paper

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.(Or for smaller cookies a tablespoon)

4. Bake 9 minutes for the chewy version, or add a minute for regulalr ones. When you remove them from oven, immediately place the pan on a wire rack. Let them sit for about 2-3 minutes till they set. Then slide the parchment paper (with the cookies still on the paper) to the wire rack, this will stop the cooking process from the hot pan and overcooking the cookies.

 
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