Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monster Cookies

Yay for snow days! Today Virginia got hit with a small snow storm that kept Mady and Savannah out of school. I have been promising Mady that we would try out the recipe for Monster cookies that I found on The Pioneer Woman's (my hero) website. Of course, Mady had no clue what was even in them. She was more intrigued by the name Monster being associated with cookies.

Since Lindsey and Joel live about 900 feet behind me now, I met Lindsey halfway down the driveway and stole the girls from her for awhile. After warming up from playing in the snow, we mixed up the cookies and got the first batch in the oven while the girls watched Alvin and the Chipmunks (an early Christmas present from Nana). The cookies turned out great! I love that they have oats, pecans and peanut butter in them (to make you feel somewhat healthy). These ingredients are hidden well in the cookies and the girls inhaled them without thinking twice. They normally won't touch an oatmeal cookie with a 10 ft pole.

I changed the recipe just a little bit to adjust to the ingredients that I had on hand. I also read quite a few replies on Ree's recipe and supposedly most "monster" cookie recipes have peanut butter in them, (Her's didn't) so I decided to add 1/2 cup of that in. Her recipe also called for peanut butter chips. I didn't have those but substituted butterscotch chips and the cookies were just fine.

I think that my favorite part of the cookie is the addition of the rice krispies. You fold these in carefully at the end so that you don't crush them. They give the cookies an unexpected crunch that is great!

Here's a shot of the girls with all of the ingredients measured out and ready to start the destruction. Sorry about the blurriness of the picture...I took it with my phone.

Monster Cookies
(adapted from Ree Drummond)

2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugra
2 eggs
1 TBL vanilla
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp kosher salt
1 1/2 cups oats (quick cooking or old-fashioned)
1/2 cup M&M's
1/2 cup chopped pecans
3/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup butterscotch chips
2 1/4 cup rice krispie cereal

- Cream sugars and butter
- Add eggs and blend well
- Add vanilla and peanut butter and blend well
- Add the flour, soda, powder and salt and blend well
- Begin folding in the oats, M&M's, chips and nuts
- Add the rice krispies last and blend just until combined
- Bake at 375 until golden brown

1 comment:

Kayte said...

The perfect thing to be making on a snow day!! We are trying to dig out here as well. School was canceled one day and late start the other three. I've been baking away as well, breads and cookies mostly, it just seems so cozy to be baking when it is snowing! Hope you are having a great season. We love these cookies.