Monday, January 25, 2010

Monster Cookies


Every year, on New Year's Day, my family gets together at my brother Michael's house to watch the Mummers Parade and to celebrate my niece Josie's birthday. This year, I decided not to go to Philly for the parade, and instead decided to spend the day with my family. Of course, in true Quaile Family fashion, there was a huge spread of food for everyone.
Among the many desserts on the dessert table was a tray of these delicious cookies. They're moist, chewy and I seriously couldn't stop eating them. I'm sure I don't have to tell you that I immediately asked my sister-in-law, Karen, for the recipe. I know she told me where she got the recipe, but I can't, for the life of me, remember. So we'll just give Karen the credit. The recipe couldn't be simpler to throw together. You just mix it all up and you're good to go! Oh, and about the name....I'm guessing they're called Monster Cookies because they have so many different ingredients mixed in.
Try 'em!

3 eggs
1 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 (12oz) jar peanut butter
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup M&M candies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
2 tsp baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick cooking oats (not instant)

Heat oven to 350F.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well. Stir in the M&Ms, chocolate chips, craisins, baking soda and oats. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Don't over bake!! Let stand for about 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.


Tips:
-Yes, you read the recipe correctly. There's no flour. The oatmeal makes up for it!
-You can use artificial sweeteners such as Splenda instead of the white or brown sugars, or both. Either way, the cookies are still amazing!
-Btw, they freeze well, so feel free to make an extra batch! Then just pull them out of the freezer a few minutes before it's time to serve. They'll defrost in no time at all!

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