Desserts

The Goal is Scrumptious: Monster Cookies 

A peanut-y oatmeal cookie dough studded with M&M’s, chocolate chips and walnuts. These freeze beautifully, thaw at room temperature in minutes, and have a distinctly hardy feel to them. You’ll want to bake a batch for your summer camping trip. And maybe some extras for your freezer. 😉

peanuty oatmeal heaven, aka monster cookies @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

After a friend brought a couple of these gi-normous cookies to our small group, I knew I had to try making some myself.

These cookies are firm and chewy, and chock-full of delicious chunks and textures. Though they can’t possibly be considered healthy, I do think with the oats and peanut butter, the cookies at least offer some good nutrition along with the sugar and fat. 😉

Monster cookies @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

They are freezer-friendly, which was absolutely perfect for our camping trip. I made and froze them several days ahead, then they thawed to perfection in the camping cooler. At home, I warmed the leftovers from the freezer in the microwave for about 15 seconds to thaw them slightly.

They also thaw in a few minutes at room temperature… I just wasn’t that patient.

I suspect this is how Cookie Monster got his start.  “COOKIES!  Cookies, cookies, cookies!!! Umm nom nom nom nom!” Crumbs abound.

The Goal is Scrumptious: Monster Cookies @ quirkyandwonderful.wordpress.com

Monster Cookies 
makes about 2 dozen jumbo-sized cookies
adapted from this recipe at Recipe Girl

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 c. peanut butter
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 c. quick cooking oats
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 c. M&M’s *
  • 1/2 c. chocolate chips*
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped walnuts*

*You can use whatever 2 cups of add-ins you like.  Chocolate chips, nuts, dried fruit, coconut… it’s all fair game.  You can also chop the nuts to whatever size you like best–I’m a finely chopped girl myself, but do what makes you happy.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line one or more cookie sheets with parchment paper (the best baking invention ever).
  2. Cream together the butter, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar.
  3. Stir in the eggs and vanilla until fully combined.
  4. Dump in the oats, baking soda, M&M’s, chocolate chips, and walnuts (or whichever add-ins you prefer.  Stir until all ingredients are evenly incorporated.
  5. To make jumbo cookies, scoop the dough out onto the parchment-lined cookie sheets using an ice cream scoop.  Fit no more than 6 cookies (and maybe fewer) per sheet or they will spread into each other.  Flatten the cookies slightly using a spatula so they will bake more evenly.
  6. Bake the cookies for 15-20 minutes.  Remove them when the edges are golden brown.  They will set up slightly on the pan.  Cool at least 3 minutes on the pan.  Then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.  Store in an airtight container.
  7. If you wish to freeze the cookies, place them in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze.  They will thaw at room temperature in minutes or in a few seconds in the microwave.
  8. Pack some for your next camping trip!

Visit again tomorrow to hear about our trip to the land of waves and mosquitos.  And on Friday, I’ll share a recipe for the best granola bar I have ever eaten.  You won’t want to miss it!

Have a great day!

~Katie

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