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We Baked for Bob’s Birthday!

February 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Cookbooks, Dessert | 4 Comments

Last Wednesday/Thursday night before the big ol storm came, Jen was pondering what to make as a surprise for Bob’s (her fiance!) birthday! I asked him what kind of cookies/ingredients he liked and she said peanut butter/oats. I went searching in my favorite new baking cookbook and lo and behold, what did we find?? The most perfect boy cookie that Bobby would surely enjoy!!! The Monster Cookie!

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And whattdyaaaa know? He very much enjoyed them! And Ned had a couple of them too over the weekend and he liked them also! (and Ned is not the one to search out sweets at all!) I think this Baked cookbook is finding the way to their hearts via sugar!  The decision to make these was made before we discovered that we only had 1.75 cups of oats left in the cupboard!? I used the whole lot making Baked granola (that recipe to come soon!) So us nerdy math/science geeks figured out how to divide the recipe in 3 which can certainly be risky when it comes to baking, but hallelujah- they turned out great! And to up the ante a bit, we got Reese’s Pieces to give some extra peanut butter deliciousness.

Monster Cookies
adapted from Baked and when we did it, we cut the recipe in 3 and used 2 eggs!
Ingredients:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
5 ¾ cups rolled oats
¾ cups (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 ½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs
¼ tsp light corn syrup
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2 cups chunky peanut butter
1 cup (6 ounces) milk or semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup (6 ounces) M&M’s (Reese’s Pieces instead!)

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Directions:
In a large bowl whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add the oats and stir until combined.

In the bowl of electric mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter until smooth and pale in color. Add the sugars and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Do not overmix.

Scrape down bowl and add eggs one at a time, beating until smooth (about 20 seconds) and scraping down bowl after each edition. Add the corn syrup and vanilla and beat until incorporated.

Scrape down bowl and add peanut butter. Mix on low speed until just combined, add the oat mixture in three additions, mixing on low speed until just incorporated. (You don’t have to do all this bowl scraping if you use the new Beater Blade that scrapes the bowl while it mixes and works like a charm!)

Use a spatula or wooden spoon and fold in the chocolate chips and M&M’s. Cover bowl tightly and refrigerate for 5 hours. (I did it for and 1 ½ and they were still delicious)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Use ice cream scoop to scoop out dough into 2- tablespoon size balls on two baking sheets – 2 inches apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes (mine took about 15-17), rotating pans halfway through baking time. Let cool on pans for 8-10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.
Enjoy!

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  1. I have always wanted to try the monster cookies, but I’ve never found the right opportunity. Too bad I just made chocolate chip cookies, or this extended snow-stranded period might be the time!

  2. Those look great! This storm has not been good for my eating habits!

    • Me either Charli! Cookies and chips and hot chocolate up the wazoo! Oh well! Gotta live it up when we can, right?!?

  3. That’s so funny…I started this recipe last week! I was having a rather ambitious baking surge! I made the Root Beer Bundt Cake from Baked, which was amazing…then started the cookies and ran out of steam and time! I left them on the counter unfinished, oats poured in a bowl…and flew off to Disneyworld, literally….They looked good! I get er done next week! ~Chris Ann


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