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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Skillet Monster Cookie (Spiderwebs Optional!) #Choctoberfest

One of our all time favorite cookies, a monster cookie is taken to epic proportions and baked in a skillet. With crisp edges and a chewy center ever piece has the best of both worlds. Rich fudge frosting and a cute spider web take it to the next level!


     Something spooky is coming to town. Mwah-ha-ha! Well that is if you consider peanut butter, oatmeal, candy and fudge frosting spooky.  I personally find each and every one of those things to be wonderful. In fact that lists a lot of my most favorite things.


     But that skillet cookie foundation is a monster cookie and monsters are spooky, right? And that fudge frosting is topped with a sweet spider web and spider, so there's that! So if you are looking to celebrate Halloween with plenty of sweet (spooky) goodness I have you covered!


      Let's talk about this base for a minute. First, it's a skillet cookie which I just love. A big thick cookie like that gives you the best of both worlds. The edge gets a little crispy and the center stays perfectly soft and gooey. Plus it is a lot faster than making imdividual cookies.

     I used a twelve inch skillet for this cookie. You could also use a tart pan or cake pan if you don't have a skillet. You could also press the dough into a 9x13" pan and cut them into bars if you'd rather.

     To add to the goodness that naturally comes with skillet cookies, this one is a monster cookie! It just so happens that monster cookies are a favorite of everyone in my family. If there is a jar of fresh monster cookies around, hands are sure to be in it constantly!


     Now monster cookies really don't need icing, but this is #choctoberfest and I'm not one to let an opportunity to frost something go to waste. So I whipped up a batch of Marlene's fudge frosting. It's super easy to make and you pour it on while it's still warm so it practically spreads itself.

     You can certainly stop there and have an amazing treat. But if you are looking to make it festive for Halloween it is super simple to add a spider web and big black spider. I'm no artist, so I'm sure you can do a better job than I did.


    Serve up a slice and watch the looks go from spooked to satisfied. (Ok, maybe just from hungry to happy! 😉)  Either way it is sure to be a hit!

    If you love monster cookie inspired treats, we have tried a few other good ones you will enjoy.  There are the no bake monster cookie bites that are super quick and easy to put together. They would make an excellent after school snack.  If you are looking for something fun and different to serve at a party, the monster cookie dip got RAVE reviews.  But be sure to invite folks over to help you eat it, because once you start it is hard to stop!

     This week is all about chocolate goodness and I have a couple more fun ideas to share with you. What are your favorite chocolate recipes?


Yield: 12-16 servings

Skillet Monster Cookie

One of our all time favorite cookies, a monster cookie is taken to epic proportions and baked in a skillet. With crisp edges and a chewy center ever piece has the best of both worlds. Rich fudge frosting and a cute spider web take it to the next level!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 45 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Cookie:
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate candies or chocolate chips (or a mix)
Marlene's Fudge Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • white and black decorator icing for web and spider

INSTRUCTIONS

For the cookie:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease a 12" skillet, tart pan or cake pan. Alternatively, use a 9x13" pan.
  2. In your mixer or a large bowl, beat the butter until smooth. Add the peanut butter and sugar and cream until fluffy.
  3. Stir in the eggs one at a time and then the vanilla until incorporated.
  4. Stir in the baking powder, corn starch, salt and rolled oats.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips and/or chocolate candies. Spread in prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes (it may take a little less time in a thinner pan). The edges should be golden and the center should be just set.
  6. Allow to cool.
For the frosting:
  1. Place all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat over medium low heat.
  2. Stirring occasionally, bring the mixture to a boil. Allow to boil for 3 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Allow the frosting to cool for 5-10 minutes and then spread over cooled cookie.
  4. After frosting has set, use decorator frosting to make a spider web and spider if desired.
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Shared at the Weekend Potluck

31 comments:

  1. Me wanna cookie....a skillet cookie! This is brilliant! I love Monster cookies so a BIG YES!

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    1. Monster cookies are one of my most favorite cookies, so this was a no brainer for me ;-) Thanks, Andrea!

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  2. How freaking cute is this? Love it, want it, need it! Monster cookies are the best!

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    1. HA! Thank you, Kelsie! You can never have too much monster cookie!

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  3. I love how its a cute, colorful monster cookie underneath but then gets dressed up with a spiderweb for Halloween.

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    1. The cookie would really be good on it's own, but sometimes I just can't help myself... I neeeeeed frosting! ;-)

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  4. Carlee, this is a fun idea, and the web on top is adorable!

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  5. A monster cookie perfect for the family cookie monster!!

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    1. Unfortunately there are a lot of them in my family! ;-)

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  6. It's so adorable made in a skillet but I love the idea of bars too.

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    1. Wouldn't that be a great too? Thanks!

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  7. Dee. Licious! I love that you've baked in a cast iron skillet to add that little bit of crunch, which is my favorite part of cookies :)

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    1. Isn't that part the best? I love that you can have a bit of the soft cookie and the crunchy edge in ever slice!

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  8. Your Monster Cookie is adorable! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Hi Carlee, I was only saying to my daughter that we have never made giant cookies before and I think we are missing out. She wants to bake some whilst we are out walking (she likes to stay home and enjoy the peace), I'm going to have to send her this recipe to try and tempt her!... I think your web and spider are very good. Mine would look nothing like they are meant too!

    xx

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    1. You could use your latest picture as inspiration! Staying home and baking while you are walking would be a perfect way for her to relax. That sounds perfect!

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  10. I love skillet cookies! And thanks for linking up at Friday Frenzy Link Party! I hope you link up again next week :) PINNED!

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    1. I love them too! They are a great way to serve a crowd in a hurry too!

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  11. How fun! What a great idea for a Halloween party treat. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle, Carlee. Pinning.

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  12. Popping back by to let you know we're featuring your skillet cookie at today's Snickerdoodle Party. Hope to see you there!

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  13. This is an absolute treat. It does have all of the delicious flavors we all love.

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    1. Thanks, Deb! It has our favorite flavors too!

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  14. My allergies have been so bad, I haven't been in the kitchen at all until today. Now, I have all these recipes I want to make for Halloween, and only 2 days to do it! This cookie needs to get bumped to the top of the list!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. I love reading your ideas!