Monster Cookies

With cooler fall weather, I can bake cookies and not feel guilty about having the oven blasting in 90 degree weather.  I know, I'm so generous to the environment and my energy consumption.  Cookies in the name of heating my home.

I saw Ree Drummond makes her monster cookies on Saturday morning and thought they looked amazing.  She inspired me to try my own mix of candies and treats into the batter because, as she said, living in the country, she doesn't always every thing a recipe calls for, so substitutions are always welcome!

With a mix of candies, chocolate and nuts, this cookie is super to please any sweet tooth!

My mix included the following (but remember, you can sub out any nuts, cereal, chocolate bits, or candies that you have on hand):

  • 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1-1/2 c packed brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 c rolled oats
  • 1/2 c chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 c peanut butter chips
  • 1/2 c M&M candies
  • 1/2 c chopped dry roasted peanuts
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cream together your butter and sugars until nice and light and fluffy.  This is where the electric mixer is a Godsend.  I have no idea how people made cookies before this invention.  Perhaps this is why Nabisco and the Keebler Elves hit their payday.
  3. Add in your vanilla and eggs, one at a time and mix well.  I love that Ree uses a whole tablespoon of vanilla.  I always do in my cookies and it's always amazing.
  4. Mix in your dry ingredients - flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and again, turn on that wonderful mixer and let it do it's thing.
  5. Now it's time to fold in the candy and treat ingredients.  Add in one at a time and mix to incorporate.
  6. Scoop out a generous spoonful of batter onto a greased baking sheet (or one lined with Silpat) and bake for 12 minutes, until a lovely golden brown.

As you can see, we used a small ice cream scoop and put 6 cookies on a sheet.  They made wonderfully large cookies, but that's part of the "monster" aspect.  I assume smaller cookies would be good too, but then you'll just eat two (or more) so you might as well start with a bigger cookie!

If you have a ham in your home, make sure that they pose while scooping cookies.  She's prepping for her Food Network career!

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Ritchil Shafer said...

Candies, chocolates and nuts in cookies? Yum! And that little girl of yours is adorable!

Kayla Janachovsky said...

These look amazing. Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers!

Liz said...

Thank you! They are delicious and disappearing quickly!

Kelly said...

They look delicious!! I'll have to try these with my kids! {new follower from MN}

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