Friday, June 8, 2012

Monster Cookies

If you are nervous about baking, cookies are a fantastic place to start. They are simple to make, delicious cooked or raw, you don't have to worry about ratios or over mixing and they are easy to experiment with. 

I was craving oatmeal chocolate chip, and morphed them into Monster Cookies, also known as Kitchen Sink cookies (as in everything but).

Starting with a basic drop cookie recipe just pick your favourite trail mix ingredients and go. I had chocolate chips, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds lying around, so in they went!

Your basic cookie recipe is one part butter, one part white sugar, one part brown sugar. Then add one egg, a tsp vanilla. Next add dry to wet; 2 parts flour and a tsp of baking soda and salt. Then mix in your fixings! When I add oats I take out a 1/4 cup of flour, so it doesn't become too dry. 

This recipe is adapted from Joy of Cooking Quick Oatmeal Cookies. 

Monster Cookies 
1 cup butter*
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs*
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
add ons:
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1   cup chopped peanuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds

*room temperature

1. Cream together butter and sugar. 
2. Add eggs and vanilla and beat together.
3. Sift in flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and mix together.
4. Add oats, and mix. 
5. Add in whatever extras you like!
6. Place tblsp sized pieces of dough on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 C for 12-15 mins, or until golden brown around edges and on top. Remove from oven and cool. Enjoy!

I like to make my cookies big! This means they can take up to 18 mins to bake, just be sure to check on them. Also there is no need to squish them down, they spread on their own.




  1. I am a monster cookie lover but can't find any around the house. I don't have time to bake any. Can you suggest a quick way for me to get some monster cookies?
    MCL (Monster Cookie Lover)

  2. I like using a trail mix for monster cookies. A couple of pulses in a food processor insures no huge cashews or almonds to overpower the cookie. The dried cranberries also add a nice texture!

  3. delicious cooked or raw!! agreed:)