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!
makes about 4-5 dozen large cookies
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
- Preheat oven to 325 F.
- Mix together eggs, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and melted butter.
- Stir in peanut butter, oatmeal, vanilla and corn syrup.
- Fold in chocolate chips and M & M's.
- Scoop 3T at a time onto cookies sheets. Flatten slightly with the bottom of my measuring cup.
- 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.