Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies, or what I will call: I have too many candies in my pantry and I need to either eat it, bake it, or I will throw them. In hindsight, I used this as an excuse because I was going to do Whole 30. (Let’s laugh collectively). I bought the cookbooks. I was going to do it! When I opened my pantry, I realized I had cookies, candy, and everything not Whole 30 compliant and… hey, those pantry items = $$ And it would be wasteful. So… I ordered a pizza and made these.

Here are my easy monster cookies, which you can make with whatever candies and leftover sugary treats that you have in your house!

These monster cookies are soft and filled with your favorite candies (I used peanut butter, oats, semi sweet chocolate chips, and M&M’s). They’re perfectly chewy and makes me feel like I’m in a coffee shop during these covid times.

These make 30 cookies, so feel free to ball them up and store them in the freezer! If you do, bake at the same temperature for 15 mins.

Oven: preheated at 350
Cook time: 9-11 mins
Makes: 30 cookies

Ingredients:

2 cups of AP flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 1/2 sticks of butter (if using salted, omit salt), room temperature
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter (I prefer creamy since you’ll have the crunchy and chewy parts from the candies)
1 whole egg
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon of vanilla paste (vanilla extract works well too)
1 1/2 cups of old fashion oats (if you use any other kind, they’ll be super dry)
1 cup of peanut butter chips
3/4 cups of chocolate chips
3/4 cups of M&M’s

Feel free to use whatever combination of candies you have on hand. I had these in my pantry.

How to:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 and prep your baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, and salt

3. In a standing mixer, cream the butter, both sugars and the peanut butter. Do not eat this mixture…. even though its delicious.

4. Add the egg and egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix well.

5. Add the flour mix. Slowly. Mix in the oats.

6. Take the bowl out of the standing mixer, and by hand (with a large spatula) mix the candies. Personally I feel that unless I break out my bigger KitchenAid, that the mixer works to hard. I also feels that the candies do not break down as easily when I mix by hand than by a stand mixer.

7. Make balls of dough (ranging from 1-2 tablespoons) and placing each of them in the baking sheets. Bake for 9-11 minutes. If the cookies begin to brown, they will hard and dry.

Store in an airtight container. If you want to have cookies in the future, freeze half of the dough in prepared balls and bake at the same time (350) for about 15 minutes.

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