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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

MiMi's Monster Cookies


     I am surprised it has taken me this long to get around to posting our family favorite recipe for monster cookies on the blog.  We have had them a number of times in the past year, I've even taken pictures of a few.  I think the problem is that MiMi is normally in charge of making them instead of me, so for whatever reason they haven't been posted yet.  Whatever the reason, it is high time we get to them.  Better late than never I suppose!



    We were introduced to this recipe when my parents' old parish put out a cookbook in 2004. Norma Wellman Obert submitted a recipe for monster cookies and it made a monstrous amount of cookies!  Her recipe called for 12 eggs, 3 pounds of peanut butter, a pound of butter and 18 cups of oatmeal (plus all of the other ingredients or course.)  Talk about a batch of cookies!  She said her recipe would make 15-20 dozen when dropping them by the tablespoonful.  I believe it!



    It would actually be fun to make that size batch some time.  You could bake some off right away and freeze the rest in balls for later.  Then you could have cookies as you want them!  Usually we show great restraint and make them a half batch at a time.  Don't get me wrong, that is still a LOT of cookies and there are plenty to freeze if you like.  Sometimes we make them smaller, but still probably a couple of tablespoons each.  This time I reached for my large cookie scoop, which holds 3 tablespoons.  Usually I do not go on and on about specific products... but this particular scoop by OXO Good Grips really is a good one.  I actually bought mine at our local kitchen store and was leery of spending more money on cookie scoops.  I have had a few in the past, but none have held up very long.  I am glad I got it!  It made making these cookies really easy and so far it has held up great.  Fingers crossed, I may have finally found the perfect scoops!


    A word of warning:  these really are easy enough to mix by hand, so you might want to go that route.  I got lazy and pulled out my mixer and almost came over the edge.  I still had to mix in the candy by hand anyway.  So, pull out the biggest mixing bowl you have and a sturdy spoon and just go for it!  The other lesson is it may be time for me to have a 6 quart mixer instead of a 4.5 quart one. Valentine's Day is coming up if anyone is looking for ideas! ;-)


    Anyway, I know there are quite a few recipes for monster cookies out there, but we are never disappointed with these.  They have stood the test of time and we keep coming back for more!

Monster Cookies
makes about 4-5 dozen large cookies

Ingredients:

6 eggs
2 cups sugar
2 cups brown sugar
4 tsp baking soda
3 cups peanut butter
1 cup butter, melted
9 cups oatmeal (I always use rolled oats because I like the texture, but she suggests quick oats)
1 pound assorted chocolates (I usually use a mix of M & M's and chocolate chips)
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp corn syrup

  1.  Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Mix together eggs, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and melted butter.  
  3. Stir in peanut butter, oatmeal, vanilla and corn syrup.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips and M & M's.
  5. Scoop 3T at a time onto cookies sheets.  Flatten slightly with the bottom of my measuring cup.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes (adjust according to size).  You want them to be set and the edges to be lightly golden brown, but you don't want to overcook them. 


20 comments:

  1. Oh how I want one of these with my coffee this morning!! Monster cookies are one if my all time favs!! Yum!!! Super Yum!!

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    1. That does sound like a perfect breakfast today!

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  2. Ha. This is the recipe that caused me to go out and get a 6 quart mixer. When you kids were still at home we made these cookies often. Kristie's coworkers would even let her know if it had been a while since I made them a batch. I just made a monster cookie dip. I should share that too. I hear that it's addicting.

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    1. Yes! You have to share the dip, it was a hit at the party on Sunday! Now my coworkers are going to feel left out ;-)

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  3. Yum yum yum! These look so cute and yummy ♥

    summerdaisy.net

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    1. Oh my, they are delicious every time! Thank you!

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  4. These are great Cookie Jar Cookies! Hope you have a very special Valentine Day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. Yes they are... though they don't tend to disappear quickly! Thanks, Miz Helen!

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  5. Those look yummy Carlee. It just so happens that we don't have a good monster cookie recipe! Thanks for sharing this one. :)

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    1. I hope you love these as much as my family does! My mom read this and told me I got the story all wrong about when we first started making them. Apparently she is waiting to correct me in an upcoming guest post. Moms are like that sometimes ;-)

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  6. These cookies look incredible! The recipe is huge but it would save so much time to whip up the whole batch and then freeze part of it for later. I like your idea of rolling it and balls before freezing, the kids could pull it out 6 or 12 and make fresh homemade cookies whenever they needed a snack. I think my mixer would have a hard time with the entire batch also perhaps you could just pour in half the ingredients and mix that up and while they're baking pour in the other half and mix those up. Definitely a recipe that needs pinned. I want to come back to this again and again thank you!

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    1. I love freezing them in balls like that. My mom used to literally bake them off 2 or 3 at a time some days! Luckily you really can do it by hand if you want. Because the butter is melted, it isn't terribly difficult. (says the one who almost had an eruption of monster cookie dough from the mixer!)

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  7. These cookies look great! I am craving cookies now. Off to the store to buy the ingredients! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

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    1. It's hard to go wrong with cookies, especially these! Thanks, Lela!

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  8. What a neat looking cookie! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  9. What a lot of cookies! I've never been much of a cookie maker, but I think I should make it an activity to do with the children.

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    1. My little guy loves to help make cookies! The recipe does make quite a few, but the dough does freeze really well so you can make a few at a time. Or make them all and become the favorite neighbor!

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  10. How fun is that?! I just found these on Sunday Suppers Back to School Snacks post. I used to love freezing some of this dough and baking it right before you kids got home from school so our home would smell so welcoming. Nothing better than a warm Monster Cookie and a glass of milk after a long day at school

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    1. It's hard to beat warm cookies and a glass of milk just about any time!

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