Monday, 14 March 2011

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

These are my most favorite cookies. In. The. World.

Years ago, when I was just a wee lass, not knowing how to cook or bake anything at all, my (now evil ex)boyfriend bought me a cook book! Classic styles Companies Coming “Timeless Recipes for All Occasions”

At 19, with nothing more than Mac ‘n Cheese and Hamburger Helper under my belt, the thought of taking on anything more was quite the daunting task.

But, then after some encouragement of my friends, I got around to doing some baking. These were the first ones I mastered, and were always my favourite.

Now, I want to let you guys know something… Although in previous posts I’m pretty much a “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” kinda gal, that’s only when it comes to cooking. Baking is a whole different ball game, seniorita, and you need to follow the recipe.

This one I actually whipped out the measuring spoons and made it perfect. I’ll post actual measurements at the end of the post.

Monster Cookies – adapted from Companies Coming

Here's what ‘cha need…

Butter, Brown Sugar, 2 eggs, vanilla, flour (not pictured) baking soda, baking powder, salt (also not pictured) quick-rolled oats, walnuts or pecans (I had both, so added both) chocolate chips, and Smarties!

Two quick notes… one, my flour bag is HUGE and all ripped up and pretty ghetto looking so will not be posted in my pictures (unless I get a nice lovely container for it.) Secondly, Go to Bulk Barn!! As you can see, some of my ingredients are from there, and it was amazing, I got a huge bag of flour, a huge bag of sugar, chocolate chips and smarties for like $10 … amazing deal… Check them out.

Sift your dry ingredients… (Flour, your baking powder and soda, and salt)

It makes sure you don’t end up with nasty looking lumps of things like these!

Then add your rolled oats...

And your walnuts! (hehe… nuts)

And like, a handful of pecans


Now be a dear and mix all your dry ingredients together...

Then put your softened butter in a bowl

Add the brown sugar

And cream them together.

Now, I don’t have one of them fancy-dancy stand mixers, with the hooks and stuff that make bread and cookies and mixing easier. Were getting lazy with Kitchenaid now-a-days people! If you make these cookies, promise me, you’ll do it the old fashioned way.

Wooden spoon, pushing the butter and sugar against the side of the bowl, creaming them together. This is how your grandmothers did it years ago, and that’s why their cookies tasted a million times better then they do now.

You know what happens when you cream your butter and sugar together by hand? Love. Love happens right then and there.

So ya know, there’s love in these cookies.

Once it’s all come together, scrape down the sides of your bowl

And add an egg, mix.

Then another egg, mix.

And a teaspoon of vanilla

Once that’s all together and happy, slowly add your dry ingredients

Once you’ve mixed all your dry & wet ingredients, add in a handful of chocolate chips

And drop them by tablespoons onto your baking sheet.

An ice-cream or cookie scoop would work a million times better than the ‘two-spoons’ method… but I don’t have a cookie scoop.. so I had to make due with the two spoons.

Push in your Smarties to the top of the cookies and toss in a 400°F oven and bake for … well it depends. How does your oven cook? Mine cooks hot – so it they took about 9 minutes.

Your ideal time to pull out the cookies is when the centers are not quite set, but all the edges are golden brown. Then once their out of the oven, leave them on the hot cookie sheet for like 3 minutes to let the pan continue to cook them.

This will achieve a soft chewy cookie – my fave.

Ho Mama.

Check. This. Out.

This is a cookie to share! Go make friends with the stoners down the hall, and your resident manager who’s playing poker with his buddies.

These cookies are to share, and everyone’s going to want to know where you got the recipe.

:) Just send ‘em my way!

Heres the exacts:
  • 1 Cup              Butter
  • 2 Cup              Brown Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp                vanilla
  • 2 Cups             flour
  • ½ Tsp              baking soda,
  • 1 Tsp               baking powder
  • ½ Tsp              salt
  • 2 Cups             quick-rolled oats
  • Some               walnuts or pecans
  • Some               chocolate chips
  • Some               Smarties!

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