I had to make cookies for an event at our church on Saturday, so I waded through the recipe box in search of a recipe that I had all the ingredients for. And the winning recipe was…Aunt Colleen’s monster cookies! She gave me the recipe when Jon and I first got married. I rarely bake cookies, so I’d never tried them out, but they sounded perfect for the occasion, so I whipped up a batch.
I wasn’t sure if they were called monster cookies because of they contained massive amounts of certain ingredients (read through the recipe below…you’ll see what I mean), or because the cookies themselves were monster-sized, or because the recipe would make a huge batch of cookies. Now that I’ve tried them, I’d say it’s they’re called monster cookies for ALL of those reasons. And because I think Cookie Monster would love them, big time…so maybe they’re named for him. Who knows. (Colleen? Any input?)
Here are a couple of tips if you try them out:
- I recommend using a mixer…the batch is awful big and sticky by the time you get finished adding all the ingredients. (Just in case you’re like me and like to mix things by hand.) 🙂
- To flatten the cookies, I used a glass with a wet bottom…getting it wet helped prevent the glass from sticking to the dough.
- I used standard sized cookie sheets, and was able to fit about nine cookies per tray. The cookies were definitely on the large side, but we like them that way. You could make them smaller, if you prefer little cookies. Even making them as big as I did, I ended up getting SIX DOZEN cookies out of this batch. Awesome! I froze a bunch for later.
- It’s not a mistake that there isn’t any flour in the recipe. I know it may seem like there should at least be a little, but I double-checked it with Colleen before I started. The nine cups of oatmeal takes the place of flour. 😉
So in appreciation for my new favorite cookie recipe, I’m sharing it with you. It was super duper easy to make, Thanks for sharing a good one, Colleen!
2 1/4 cups brown sugar
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 tsp baking soda
2 sticks butter or margarine
2 3/4 cups crunchy peanut butter
9 cups oatmeal (this is not a typo!)
1 pkg chocolate chips
1 pkg M&M’s
Mix in large bowl in order given. Drop by large spoonfuls and flatten. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.