Tuesday, January 25, 2011

My new favorite cookie!!


I have had a great time just hanging out with my family and our newest bundle of joy! She's doing great and growing like a weed!! We also got a surprise as her daddy was able to come home from his deployment to meet her. Unfortunately he missed the birth, but he still got to meet her before heading back out into the desert. It was a wonderful holiday. I hope yours was wonderful!!

My parents were here to help out over the holidays and my mom shared this fabulous recipe with me. I just had to share it with you all. It's officially my new favorite cookie. So YUM!!! And really the possibilities are endless as to what you can put in the cookies. This was originally a Paula Deen recipe. I've seen her make it on her show a few times and just never did anything about it. I regret that more than you know!! These are fabulous!!! Hope you try them soon!!

Monster Cookies
adapted from a Paula Deen recipe*
* 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 or margarine, softened
* 1/2 cup mini m&m's
* 1/2 cup chocolate chips
* 2 heath bars, chopped (or 1/2 cup toffee bits)
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 4 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)


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 over bake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. When cool, store in large resealable plastic bags

*We had some fabulous meals over the break and I'll be back soon to tell you all about them!*
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