Monday, July 8, 2013

soft-baked monster cookies.

M&Ms, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and oats all in one recipe?! Say what? I say awesomeness. Also I'm not a huge fan of crispy, crunchy cookies but I do just love soft, chewy cookies which is exactly what these are! These cookies are really easy to make (and clean up after!) so get baking my friends!

1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened to room temperature
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 and 1/4 cups all purpose flour 
1/2 cup oats
3/4 cup M&Ms 
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. 

2. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars together. Mix in the peanut butter, egg, and vanilla (in that order). Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Slowly mix in the baking soda and flour. Do not overmix. Fold in the oats, M&Ms, and chocolate chips. If the dough is very soft and unmanageable by hand, chill the dough for 30 minutes before rolling.

3. Rolls balls of dough, about 2 Tablespoons of dough per ball, onto prepared baking sheet. Press a few extra M&Ms on top for looks, if preferred. Bake for 9-10 minutes - do not bake past 10 minutes. The cookies will appear undone. I took mine out at 9 minutes, which is recommended. Slightly press down the baked cookies with the back of a spoon, since the cookies only slightly spread in the oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack. Cookies will firm up as they cool. 

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