Blogging By Mail: Monster Cookies
September 14, 2006
One very cool thing about food blogging with so many very pleasant people - really, are there nicer people out there in the otherwise often misanthropic and self-absorbed internet world? Humanity at its finest. - is the chance to be a part of an event where we actually get to send each other things. Real things - parcels and packages filled with food and other goodies from our own corner of the world.
Blogging By Mail is such an event, and a very popular one too. I was so girlishly excited to see this round announced that I was actually the first person to sign up. What can I say? I like mail. I like surprise parcels even more.
As I flipped through my secret recipient's weblog I mused over what he/she might like to receive and balanced that against what was feasible to send through the mail.
One of the things I put in, then, was a big batch of monster cookies. Monster cookies are a spectacularly lowbrow treat - filled with huge crackly M&Ms and big flakes of oatmeal, made chewy and greasy by heaps of completely non-natural peanut butter. They're heavenly.
The recipe has been floating around for a long time, mostly in a PTA-bake-sale form that calls for three pounds of peanut butter and gives you somewhere around 12 dozen cookies. I was introduced to them, though, by my lovely friend Lauren who brought a plate of them to the office. I demanded the recipe and here we are.
These cookies freeze well, store well, and the dough itself can be frozen and baked up in smaller batches. They are nearly the perfect cookie, in my opinion, because they're chewy and crispy and peanut butter and chocolate and oatmeal all in one. Nearly irresistible, these are. Give them a try.
I put quite a lot of other things in the package as well; here's a couple peeks. The rest will be a surprise! I can hardly wait to see what my own contains...
About 3 dozen cookies
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, slightly softened
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp corn syrup
2 tsp baking soda
4 1/2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
About 1 cup M&M's - I used 10 oz. big M&Ms
1. Preheat oven to 350° F and prepare a couple large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter, peanut butter, and sugars.
3. Beat in eggs and vanilla.
4. Beat in corn syrup and baking soda, then oatmeal and M&M's.
5. Drop onto cookie sheets with an ice cream scoop and flatten slightly. Bake at 350° F until done. Do not overbake!
6. Remove from oven when slightly golden. Let cool on the sheets for a few minutes until they have firmed up enough to remove to wire racks.
Alternate technique: Roll dough into balls and freeze on a cookie sheet. When completely frozen, remove dough balls to freezer bags. These will stay good for several months, depending on how sturdy your bags are. Bake straight from the freezer; they will only need an extra few minutes in the oven.
Posted by Faith at 14 September 2006
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hello there! i found your blog while looking for a pad kee mow recipe. i love sanamluang's pad kee mow - it's my fav in la so far. the monster cookies look delicious. i might even try it out although my cookie history is very short and inexperienced. thanks for the recipe!
Posted by: yoony at September 15, 2006 11:26 AM
Thank you so much for all those wonderful goodies! I seriously could not stop nibbling all afternoon! I tried everything you made except the coconut bread, which I'm saving for my fiance (can't wait to try it when I see him!!) I'm itching to get to the grocery store so I can buy some canned tomatoes and spices to make the chana masala!
Posted by: Dianna (diddy) at September 16, 2006 09:58 PM
Ahhh, my grandma used to make monster cookies all the time. I loved them. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. And congrats Faith on the editing job for AT:Kitchen, that is very cool.
Posted by: TJ at September 19, 2006 07:46 PM
yoony - these cookies take almost no expertise whatsoever. They are the ultimate friendly cookie! And if you get any closer to the Sanamluang recipe, please let me know! I will send you some cookies. Seriously.
You're welcome Dianna! Let me know how the chana masala turns out. That's one of my favorite dinners.
Hey, thanks TeeJ!
Posted by: faith at September 19, 2006 10:29 PM
I love the sound of the monster cookies...do you have a recipe for the earl grey tea cookies they sound wonderful too.
Posted by: michelle at September 22, 2006 05:22 PM
Hi Michelle! Thanks - yes, sure - I'll post the recipe for Earl Grey cookies soon - either here or over at AT.
Posted by: faith at September 22, 2006 05:33 PM
a wonderful blog!
I was looking for something like this, some fresh ideas that inspire! Go on! Thanx!
Posted by: Anja Allvin at October 16, 2006 09:05 AM
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