Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Monster Cookies

These were always a favorite when we were growing up!  This is my Mom's recipe and I'm sure you could make all kids of substitutions to customize it to your own likes.  

Substitution Ideas:
*butter = coconut oil
*vanilla = almond or maple extract
*corn syrup = pure maple syrup
*peanut butter = almond butter, cashew butter
*chocolate chips and/or M&Ms
      -dark chocolate, white chocolate or butterscotch chips, chocolate covered or yogurt covered raisins
      -raisins, dried cranberries, dried currants, dried cherries, dried blueberries
      -walnuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews, chai seeds {maybe 1/4 of the original measurement}, sunflower seeds

The full batch makes a ton of cookies; you could form the dough and freeze them until ready to bake or bake the cookies and freeze them for enjoyment later.  Or if you have a family of cookie lovers or an event where you need a lot of cookies enjoy all at once.

Below I am also listing the measurements for making 1/4 batch.

And believe it or not the recipe has NO FLOUR!  Enjoy!

Ingredients for full Batch:
-12 eggs
-1 lb. butter, softened {2 cups; 4 sticks}
-2 lbs. brown sugar {4 cups}
-1/2 cup baking soda
-1 tbsp vanilla
-1 tbsp corn syrup
-3 lbs. creamy or crunchy peanut butter {6 cups}
-4 cups sugar
-18 cups instant or old fashioned oatmeal
-1 lb. chocolate chips {2 cups}
-1 lb. M & Ms {2 cups}

Ingredients for 1/4 Batch:
-3 eggs
-1/4 lb. butter, softened {1 stick, 8 tbsp}
-1/2 lb. brown sugar {1 cup}
-2 tbsp baking soda
-1 1/2 tsp vanilla
-1 1/2 tsp corn syrup
-3/4 lb. creamy or crunchy peanut butter {1 1/2 cups}
-1 cup sugar
-4 1/2 cups instant or old fashioned oatmeal
-1/4 lb. chocolate chips {1/2 cup}
-1/4 lb. M & Ms {1/2 cup}

1. Cream together butter, eggs, vanilla, corn syrup and peanut butter.
2. Add baking soda, brown sugar and sugar.  Blend until smooth.
3. Add in oatmeal, mix well.
4. Add in the chocolate chips and M&Ms, mix well.  {when I took these pictures it was around the holidays, hence the red and green M&Ms}
5. Spoon mixture on to a lightly greased, parchment or slipat lined baking sheet, in balls about 2 1/2-3 tbsp each.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12-15 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack and enjoy.

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