A short and sweet post since it’s currently after 1 a.m. and I really need to catch some Z’s before tomorrow. Short and sweet kind of like Monster Cookies! These were some of the first cookies I ever made and to this day if you ask me what my favorite flavor cookie is I will quickly respond, “Monster Cookies, aughhh yummmm”. Really the only question left to ask is why the heck haven’t I blogged these yet? I like to classify a few of my treats as “pre-blog era” and for some reason these get left out of the shuffle for some reason. I think it’s because I’ve made these baked goods so many times that they are so familiar to me I don’t think of them as “blog worthy”. In fact they’re probably the most worthy of blogging because the fact that I make these recipes over and over again is just a tribute to their greatness! Monster Cookies are no exception. Leave it to Paula Deen to throw everything but the kitchen sink in a cookie and have it taste like heaven.
I think Monster Cookies get their name because they are normally quite large in size, but I don’t usually make big cookies so I think they get their name from the amount of amazing ingredients in them! Peanut Butter, Choc chips, M & M’s, Oatmeal, Raisins, basically anything you want–throw it in, I have no doubt they will be great. They’re chewy, have great texture with the oatmeal, and are so flavorful. They’re also ONE BOWL COOKIES! Yes. It doesn’t get much better than that. Especially if you’re like us and you don’t have a dishwasher, one bowl things are just so appealing. Alright that’s all the energy I got for now, the Monster Cookies took minimal effort so I’m glad that’s what I decided to bake tonight!
From Paula Deen
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 12-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup multi-colored chocolate candies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins, optional
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats. In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, raisins, if using, baking soda, and oatmeal. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. When cool, store in large resealable plastic bags.