Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Monster Cookies

Yesterday morning I found out that one of my coworkers's daughters fell in cheer practice and split her head open! Michele immediately said that she was so brave and tough, didn't cry, and was excited to get back! Of course, I had to make her some cookies! I mean, what else do you do for someone when something good, bad, or indifferent happens?
Since she's only 12, I wanted to make something that a kid would enjoy, nothing too refined and nothing plain. I remembered back to my days working at Starbucks, and all of the kids always wanted the Monster Cookies when their mom's got a latte. I looked up a few recipes to see what exactly a monster cookie is, and basically, it's a garbage cookie. It has a peanut butter/oatmeal/brown and white sugar butter base with any and every mix-in and usually M&M's on top. As I sifted through some recipes, I saw that many of them only had oats and no flour. I know from experience that my only oat and no flour cookies ALWAYS pancake, spread, and crumble apart.
Since I make cookies so often, I'm pretty comfortable going off on my own with no recipe these days, so that's just what I did. I'm really happy with how these came out, I made them really large and they had just the right balance of peanut butter/oatmeal raisin/chocolate chip cookie flavor. They just might be my new favorite!

Monster Cookies
Makes about 24 large cookies

1/2 lb butter, softened
8 oz. peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
3/4 c. granulated sugar
1 1/2 c. packed light brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. baking soda
2 1/2 c. AP flour
3 c. quick cooking or old fashioned oats
1/2 c. raisins
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
2 c. M&Ms

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Add butter and peanut butter to the bowl of a stand mixer, beat on medium for 3-4 minutes, until well mixed and light.
Add sugars, continue to beat for another 3-4 minutes.
Turn speed to low, add vanilla and eggs, one by one until they are incorporated.
Add baking soda, flour and oats, mix until just combined.
Add half the M&Ms, raisins and chocolate chips.
Touch dough, if it's sticky and pulls away, add another 1/4 c. flour until it's loose but rolls into a ball.
Place dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.
Line baking sheet with parchment.
Roll cookies into 4 oz. balls, a little bigger than a golf ball but smaller than a tennis ball.
Press onto the cookie sheet and press 3-4 M&M's on the top of each.
Bake for 13 minutes.
Remove and place on a cooking rack. Store in an airtight dish.


Juliette said...

Wow those cookies look amazing! I'm book marking that recipe to try sometime!

*A* said...

I'm so excited to see this recipe-these were my favorite cookies of all time. They used to serve them at the youth camp I went to growing up-they were probably the only reason I went! Thank you!

erin said...

ooh i used to make these all the time when i was a kid. YUMMMMMMMMM!

Meredith said...

If I fall and trip and stub my toe, can I get cookies? Just joking. :) It's so sweet of you to do that for a co-worker's daughter. Seriously, those cookies look so yummy! I'll be making those cookies soon.

KT said...

Those look great!

Cara said...

I love monster cookies so much that they were our wedding favors! In the beginning of our relationship, I had a tub of frozen dough (my grandpa's specialty!) and I think it's what kept my husband coming back to my house at the beginning:) I always feel like I empty the whole cabinet into a bowl for the mix!

Debbie said...

I've made monster cookies and love them....yours look so good...

AnickH said...

huh? monster cookies w/ flour? never seen that before, but i bet theyd be even better like that