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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Cookies For Our Enlisted Men and Women

Monster cookies are a great cookie to send through the mail as a gift or to sit and eat in the comfort of your home.  

They contain a number of yummy ingredients of which you can mix and match or change to your liking.   We have a peanut butter lover in the family.  So I was sure to include peanut butter baking bits.  But feel free to use, whatever you like: choc, peanut butter or butterscotch chips.  Want to really change it up try cinnamon chips. 

I like to use Pringles cans for mailing mine.  They fit just right and the large can, can hold anywhere from a dozen to a dozen and 1/2 of cookies.   Just remember to make them small enough to stack them up in the can.   I used my medium cookie scoop so that they would all be around the same size.

Don't be afraid to recycle other containers for shipping cookies too:  oatmeal boxes, potato stix cans, even plastic soda bottles can be used.

Monster Cookies

1 stick butter, softened
1 12-ounce jar  Jif creamy peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 eggs
3/4 cup M&Ms Semi Sweet Baking Bits
3/4 cup Hershey's Mini Peanut Butter Baking Bits
¾ cup unsalted Planters Dry Roasted unsalted peanuts
2 teaspoons baking soda
3 1/2 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup all purpose flour

Preheat the oven to 350°

In a large bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Slowly mix in the baking soda, oatmeal, and flour. Stir in the M&M's, peanuts and chocolate chips. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. 

Notes:  I always do a couple of test cookies and time them.  I start out at 8 minutes check them.  If they are not done I then add 3-5 more minutes.    Once I figure out the time.  I then bake them by full sheets. 
I used the medium cookie scoop.  It took 12 minutes.   Smaller cookies will take less time; larger cookies of course will take more time.

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