Monster Cookies by Barbara Stafford

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This tasty recipe is from Barbara Stafford’s book Small Plates and Dainty Desserts. You can find this wonderful cookbook at The Cupboard. Stafford will be in the store on Saturday December 16th from 12-3 pm making these amazing cookies! But if you want to make them yourself, she has graciously shared the recipe.

Monster Cookies by Barbara Stafford

Makes 60 large cookies

I make my Monster Cookies with old-fashioned oats, not quick oats. And yes, this recipe contains no flour. It makes enough to feed a large crowd. If you have any leftovers, these cookies freeze well. One Monster Cookie fan suggested the only thing better than a Monster Cookie is two Monster Cookies with ice cream sandwiched in between.  I can’t disagree. 

1 cup butter

2 cups granulated sugar

2 cups brown sugar

6 large eggs

1 jar (24 ounces) peanut butter, smooth or crunchy

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

9 cups old-fashioned oats

1 1/4 cups M&M chocolate candies or combination of M&M’s and white chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups nuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat a conventional oven to 350 degrees. If using a convection oven, preheat to 335 degrees.

In a very large bowl, and using a wooden spoon, cream together butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs, peanut butter and vanilla. Add cinnamon, baking soda, salt and oats and mix well. Add M&Ms, chocolate chips and nuts and mix well.

Using an ice cream scoop, scoop up the dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet about four inches apart. One cookie sheet should hold 6 cookies. Flatten dough with the palm of your hand. Bake 11 to 15 minutes, or until cookies are lightly golden. Cool 3 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer cookies to a wire cooling rack. Store in an air-tight container for up to 1 week.

Tip: Saigon Cinnamon is the most flavorful and my favorite. It can be found in specialty spice stores. I also prefer Mexican Vanilla as it has the most intense vanilla flavor, also found in specialty spice shops. 

Stafford will be in The Cupboard kitchen on Saturday December 16th, 2017 from noon to 3 pm making these amazing cookies!

 

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