Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monster Cookies


My oven is broken, and it won't be fixed for a week. I. AM. DYING. Not only does it hamper my ability to cook regular meals for my family, but it's also broken during the biggest baking season of the year! If you listen very carefully, you'll hear my waistline sigh in relief. However it's being completely drowned out by my heart, soul and stomach, who are screaming in bitter protest. I'm not a huge baker, but this time of year I live for it. Lord, give me the strength to last the week.

Dramatics aside, I have to share with you one of my favorite cookies. The first time I tried these I was at my cousin's house. She keeps the dough, frozen in ready made blobs, ready to throw in the oven, how genius is that! I ate one fresh out of the oven, closed my eyes and sighed that it was the best cookie I had ever eaten. That hasn't changed, which is why it's a surprise to me that it's taken this long to make them again. This was actually a product of having way too many leftover M&M's from Halloween. These cookies seriously have everything in them, peanut butter, oatmeal, chocolate, raisins, no wonder they're my favorite!

Sigh, I'd like to post this recipe in honor of my broken oven, I can't wait to be reunited!

Monster C0okies
Paula Deen

Ingredients

3 eggs
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12-ounce) jar creamy peanut butter
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup multi-colored chocolate candies
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins, optional
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, raisins, if using, baking soda, and oatmeal. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not overbake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. When cool, store in large resealable plastic bags.

27 comments:

girlichef said...

Oh No! Poor oven. Poor you :( These should tide you over nicely...if you could actually make them last a week, that is. They look awesome...want some :D

Megan said...

You poor thing! My oven broke in the summer and it was hell. But Christmas time? Now thats a bummer.
I made these cookies for the first time recently and everyone loved them! Freezing dough balls is a very good idea too!

Brownieville Girl said...

Hope your oven is all better very very soon!

Cookies look delicious.

Jennifurla said...

OMG I would die! I barely use a microwave anymore with all the cooking i do...you poor thing

Julie said...

I hate when things break...hope you make it through :) I've never tried to make monster cookies because my husband's grandmother made them and they were the epitome of what a monster cookie should be (to him). How can I compete?? I think yours look like they would definitely be in the running.

Deborah said...

I would be in trouble without my oven right now! I love monster cookies, and may just have to add these to my "to bake" for the holiday season!

Merut said...

I love that first picture. You can just barely see the delicious colored chocolate peeking out. I couldn't survive without my oven for an entire week. I admire your strength and fortitude. Good luck!

Natalie said...

ahh I'd be sad about a broken oven too!! Hang in there and get familiar with no-bake recipes this week :)

I LOVE monster cookies!

sara cardon said...

That STINKS!!! How can you bake anything without an oven?!? Maybe you'd better invest in a $10 Easy Bake Oven while they're on sale for Christmas.:) I am sorry. I remember making a version of monster cookies in my 7th grade Home-Ec class. Yum!

Joanne said...

Oh my god my oven broke last summer and I almost KILLED someone during the two weeks before my building could have it replaced. Really. I screamed at many a repair man whose sole action was to come and try to turn the oven on before leaving again. I also threatened them with their lives. And that is how I got a new oven.

These cookies look fantastic! Perfect for cookie season!

The Petersons said...

Woman, get over here and use my oven! I only charge a small sampling fee! But seriously, lets have a baking day!

Erica said...

oh lord! You know my heart is aching for you! I wish you could come over and borrow my oven. I saw Paula make these on food network and they look awesome. They're like the ultimate cookie.

MaryMoh said...

Oh no...what a time for the oven to break down! I can imagine your frustration. I think I would give the oven a good kick...haha. Maybe it will wake up :P Love these cookies. The name sounds cute! :D Hope you have a lovely day. MaryMoh at http://www.keeplearningkeepsmiling.com

Debbie said...

I've made these and love them. They are definately as great as you say they are!!! Hope your oven is up and running soon. Why don't these things happen in the summer??????

Pam said...

I am so sorry that your oven isn't working... that would be so hard! The cookies do look tasty and so addictive.

Lara said...

No oven at Christmas time....no fun! I hope it's an easy fix or even better, maybe you'll get a new oven out of the deal. In the meantime, these cookies look amazing!

Diana's Cocina said...

I think you should rent a oven! LOL! I feel your pain, my BFF is having the same issue and she has been using my oven for her family meals. I'll keep my finger's crossed that it is fixed ASAP!
The cookies sound yummy, now i wish i had one.

grace said...

there are many tragic events that occur in this world, and i count the breaking of an oven to be among them. okay, so it's not at the top of the list, but it's still a stinker. :)
LOVE these cookies. any cookies, really, but these are extra fun.

Barbara said...

My washer/dryer broke last week. Is there something in the air that makes thing break down right at the worst times of year? One Thanksgiving, the sink plugged up and no matter what we did we couldn't fix it. The boys did the dishes out on the lawn.
Hope you're getting it fixed or replaced soon!

Mary said...

This is a wonderful cookie. My grandsons love monster cookies. I hope you have a working oven soon. It's difficult to be without one at this time of year. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Shelby said...

I'm so sorry about your oven! I'd be happy to let you come use mine ;))

Chow and Chatter said...

sorry about your oven hope it gets fixed soon, they look fab

Kim said...

No oven at Christmas? That's a real bummer.

These cookies are packed with all kind of goodies (some of my faves)! And I'm curious, no flour? That's pretty cool.

theUngourmet said...

Oh man, a broken oven is even worse than a broken dishwasher! I hope you are back up and baking very soon! ;)

Pam said...

Monster cookies for sure! They look great! I feel for you with the oven. This is definitely the wrong time of year for that to happen and I hope it's up and baking for you very soon!

Barbara Bakes said...

How awful to not have an oven for an entire week this time of year. Poor girl. You'll have to call someone and say you want to bake together some of these delicious cookies!

Ingrid said...

Oh, that is horrible! Keeping my fingers crossed that it gets fixed quickly and without undue stress!
~ingrid