July 24, 2014

Monster Cookies

Raise your hand if you have pinned things thinking, "I'll totally do/make/try/recreate this later" and then never looking at it again.

::raises hand::

I think the board I'm most guilty of "pinning & forgetting" is my Food! board.  It's my biggest board in term of number of pins and therefore it's probably the one that I look at the most and just stare with complete overwhelming dumbness and close out of it before I wind up making that awful buffalo chicken pasta again {insert pukey emoji here}.  

I pin lots and lots and lots of desserts.  It's my inner fat girl coming out, what can I say?  When we get invited to a cookout, potluck, anything I always race to see what Pinterest has that I can make but then I always fall back on my tried and true fruit pizza

Until last weekend.

Last weekend we had friends over and I knew I wanted to try something different.  I knew kids were going to be here and so I thought I would do something kid friendly and something that Kendall could help me make.  Her favorite thing to make is cookies, because she likes to eat the dough {girl after my own heart}.  So I've never had a Monster Cookie and I've heard nothing but delicious things about them so Monster Cookies it was.  

And I will add...I am not a cookie baker.  Every cookie I make comes out like crap.  Chocolate chip come out hollowed out underneath and super crispy.  Peanut butter cookies come out too dense.  Snickerdoodles come out too bitter.  Those ones with the Hershey kiss in the middle, too hard.  I fail time after time with cookies but these?  These turned out amazing and I will never bake another cookie in my life. 


Monster Cookies

INGREDIENTS

Preheat Oven to 350F Degrees

1 1/2 c. all purpose flour
1 box (3.4oz) vanilla pudding 
1 tsp. baking soda
1 stick of butter, softened 
1/2 c. peanut butter
2/3 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. quick cooking oats
1 c. mini M&Ms
1/2 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. peanut butter chips

DIRECTIONS:
In a medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, and vanilla pudding- set aside. in the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment, cream together (on medium speed) butter, peanut butter, and sugars until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Then add egg and vanilla. Scrape down sides. Reduce to low speed and add flour (dry) mixture. Combine until just incorporated. Add oats, M&Ms, chocolate chips, and peanut butter chips. The batter should be thick enough to work with and roll. 


Scoop 2 tbsp. ball-you do not have to worry as they spread very little. Roll into ball shape between palms and space cookies 2 inches apart. Slightly press down on cookie balls to flatten. Bake for 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling wrack.

These cookies are like an oatmeal cookie, peanut butter cookie, chocolate chip cookie and an M&M cookie got together and had a baby!  Who doesn't love the sound of that?  Seriously amazing!  And, I've said this before, my husband doesn't eat sweets {he's a freak of nature} and he ate more of these than I did, I think.  Husband approved!  

Enjoy!

8 comments:

  1. These look amazing! I like how they don't have 2 cups of sugar! That's my usual beef with finding dessert recipes, they are always too sweet for me. Thanks for the recipe!!

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  2. Yum! My husband is like yours - not a fan of sweets. Which is completely foreign to my entire family - all of whom have a ridiculous sweet tooth. Craig will eat a piece of something (I think just to appease me and the work I put into it!), but I think if he felt like he really had a choice, he would forgo it all together. I'll have to give these a try and see what he thinks! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. They look delish - I also need to get working on that Food board on Pinterest! x

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  4. You should probably go ahead and mail these to me. now.

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  5. I just read about adding pudding mix, who knew? I'm so excited to try these out (I will let it be my cheat snack ha thanks, Ben).

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  6. I've been meaning to try these for years. I've pinned them and forgot about them just like you said. I need to make them next time I'm in the mood for cookies!

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