The Cookie Monster

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I’ll admit, I am a cookie monster. I LOVE cookies. They are probably my favorite treat, dessert wise. My brother is a big fan of cookies, too, and he is always hinting that the next time I decide to bake, he wouldn’t mind a batch of cookies. Well, as the sole baker in the family, I feel obliged to provide him with some, especially since he’ll be leaving for college soon. But, it’s not too bad of a chore :) So, I decided to whip up some easy monster cookies this weekend to satisfy Andy’s sweet tooth (and mine, too!). Also, in honor of Mother’s Day, I’ve included two of my favorite recipes from my mom, and of course, one of them is a cookie recipe! The recipes that follow contain ingredients like butter, sugar, and candies, but once in a while I believe it’s okay to use ingredients like this.

Monster Cookies (recipe from foodnetwork.com)

3 eggs, beaten

1 1/4 cups brown sugar (Or try this.)

1 cup white sugar (Or try this.)

1 stick butter, softened

1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter (I used Skippy Natural)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 1/2 cups quick oats

1/2 cup M&M’s (Sundrops can be substituted)

1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet, but dark can also be used. Look for natural varieties here.)

Any other add-ins, like raisins or nuts

Combine eggs and sugars until smooth. Add in the butter, peanut butter, vanilla and salt and combine. Mix in the baking powder, oats, candies, and other add-ins, if using. Drop by tablespoons (I used a 1 1/2 tablespoon scooper) onto a greased cookie sheet. Press dough down a little with fingertips and bake for 10-13 minutes at 350 degrees. Once done, let the cookies sit on the pan for 3 minutes, and then transfer them to a cooling rack. Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Kay’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies were my mom’s specialty. She always made them big–a real cookie. This is one of my favorite cookies!

2 1/2 sticks butter, softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups unbleached-all purpose flour

2 1/2 cups quick oats

1/2 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)

Cream the butter and sugars together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla. Stir in the baking soda and flour until combined. Add in the oats and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoons (or larger for a BIG cookie!) onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Kay’s Deep Dish Brownie

I think the first word that comes to mind when I think of these brownies is YUM! These are thick, chocolately brownies that are terrific with vanilla ice cream or Cool-Whip, but are perfect on their own.

1 1/2 sticks butter, melted

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

3 eggs, beaten

3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour

2/3 cup Hershey’s cocoa

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend melted butter, sugar, and vanilla. Add eggs. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt, and gradually add into mixture until well combined. Spread into an 8×8 baking pan for thick, deep dish brownies, or into a 9×13 pan for smaller brownies. Bake for 40-45 minutes (deep dish) or 20-25 minutes (9×13), or until the brownies begin to pull away at the edges of the pan. Allow to cool before cutting. Serve with powdered sugar, ice cream, Cool-Whip, or on their own.

All for now,

Abby

P.S. For more yummy cookies, check out this website.

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