Before I start this post I have to tell you how my evening went. Yesterday evening I had just finished cooking chicken on my George Foreman when my husband called and said that they were done at the neighbors and everybody was staying to have a BBQ; would I like to come over? Sure, love to! So I left everything right where it was and headed to the neighbors.
Usually when we run somewhere we let Expresso (our dog) out of the house and let her run around in the yard. I forgot to do this last night. So two hours later I come home and guess what our precious Expresso had done? Yes, she had helped herself to three, yes THREE pieces of chicken. Bones and all. Which is another story, she has never had bones before; I don’t give them to her. Not only that but there was chicken grease all over the hard wood floor from where she had lazily ate at her leisure since no body was there to stop her!
In the midst of cleaning up I was moving a tray of chicken grease to the garbage and spilled it all over my 1 year old. (It wasn’t hot, but still) Yes, score another one for a momma fail! Poor guy, he didn’t cry but looked at me like I had lost my mind. Let’s face it though after you have been a mom for awhile you get use to these looks.
After last night I am ready to sit amidst peace and quiet and type on my computer for awhile. I hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as I enjoy sharing it with you.
Last week I posted my most requested cookie recipe. That recipe is requested the most but a very close second goes to my monster cookies. The monster cookie recipe is another one that I have tweaked for about twenty years.
With every great recipe there is a story so here is the monster cookie story………
Growing up I had an aunt (Teresa) who always baked cookies. She would bake them and put them in the freezer for whenever my cousins or my brother and I would stop by. My favorite was the monster cookies. My aunt and uncle would always have Sunday afternoon get together’s and everybody would hang out at their house. During the summer it was swimming and the rest of the year it was playing volleyball and shooting trap.
No Sunday afternoon was complete without Aunt Teresa’s cookies. Everybody in my family had their personal favorite. It would always turn into a discussion on why your cookie was better 🙂 With all good things they never last. My Aunt Teresa died in 2006 after battling cancer but I will always have the fond memories of her cookies.
This recipe is taken from her monster cookie recipe. I have redone it and made it my own. If you read my chocolate chip cookie post then you know that some recipes are a Goliath that you can’t seem to conquer. My Aunt Teresa’s monster cookie recipe is one of those. For years I tried to copy her recipe. To no avail it never worked. Some things aren’t meant to be copied I suppose. Or maybe some things are meant to be treasured and held sacred. So, in her honor I share my adapted version of my Aunt Teresa’s monster cookie! I hope it brings you good times and fond memories as it has in my family.
- 1 stick of butter
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup peanut butter (I use Natural Creamy Skippy) but any kind works
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons McCormick Vanilla
- 3 eggs (try to use farm fresh if you have them)
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 cups of quick oats
- 1/2 bag of M&M's
- 2 cups of Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate Chips
- Mix the first 8 ingredients together in a food mixer. I love mixing cookies by hand but this recipe you have to use the mixer.
- Once it has been completely mixed add the oats. MAKE SURE YOU ADD THE OATS AFTER THE OTHER INGREDIENTS. If you miss this crucial step you will end up with a cookie that will not hold together.
- Lastly, add the M&M's and chocolate chips. You can use regular semi-sweet chips but you will end up with a sweeter cookie.
- Bake at 395 for 10 minutes.
Did you try this recipe? Tell me how it turned out. And if you have your own parenting fails that you would love to share with pets or kids I would love to hear them.