Welcome to #Food4ThoughtFriday! Featuring: Rändi Fay
I am one of those scattered musician-types that can’t keep to a schedule. I’m goal-oriented, but my path to those goals often weaves in the most unpredictable, erratic paths. I seem to get lost in time, completely diving into the blog or song I’m writing, or music I’m learning, or a garden I am weeding, or cooking that rare amazing meal for my family -I pretend I’m Julia Child and make huge messes! But I am terrible at setting aside time to prepare a meal for myself. I often grab something at my desk, or at the bathroom sink while throwing on makeup, or as I decompress after a long recording session, late night rehearsal or gig (I hate singing on a full stomach!). One of my absolutely favorite snacks to eat on the fly is what my family calls “Semi-Cookies” (don’t ask), but are more commonly known as “Monster Cookies.” They are packed with nutritious chewy peanut butter & oatmeal deliciousness, and of course your daily requirement of m&m’s as well! Monster Cookies are relatively simple to make, and last well in an airtight container, or even better in the freezer!
Here is a photo of my well-worn recipe from an ancient school fundraiser cookbook, evidence that Monster Cookies (Colassal Cookies?? I don’t ever remember even calling them that!) are a time tested favorite for my fam! And I laugh because I JUST saw that my instructions are ALL messed up in this rendition of the recipe. Did I send in an incorrect recipe, or was it a transcription error? Oh boy… before the days of “cut and paste…” I hope the missing steps are self evident! In any case, the corrected recipe instructions are below. I promise they are correct!
1/2 c. (I stick) margarine softened
2 c. creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 c. white sugar
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
6 c. quick oatmeal
2 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Blend margarine & peanut butter in large bowl. Add in sugars and mix well.
- Add in eggs and vanilla and mix well
- Add in oatmeal, baking soda and salt, blending just enough to mix everything well.
- Hand stir in m&m’s – a must!
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheet then flatten a little.
- Bake 8-10 minutes.
- Let cool for a minute before removing to wire rack to cool.
There you have it! Now chow down and enjoy!
With tons of cookie love,