Thursday, April 11, 2013

Ultra Chewy "Monster" Cookies

I seriously think my co-workers have developed a  love-hate relationship for me, based solely on my weekly baking {at least that's what I tell myself}. But it was yet again another holiday, and I sort of skimped out the week before with just the Cadbury bark, so I just HAD to make it up to them :)  Besides, I had just received amazingly awesome farm fresh eggs from another co-worker purposely so I could bake with them, how could I not.
So I've been waiting to make my own rendition of "Monster Cookies", which by the way I have never seen  made the exact same way twice.  My first decision was nixing the peanut butter. I know, it's probably the most essential part of the cookie, but the way I look at it oatmeal is delicious on its own and I really wanted that to be my strong base. 
That plus my aversion for peanut butter and chocolate, which I regrettably admitted to you in earlier posts, resulted in my view of an ideal monster filled cookie.

However making these cookies sparked the time old debate: Chewy vs. Crunchy.  To me there is hands down no debating the fact that cookies should be Chewy..I thought this was a common ground. Boy oh boy was I wrong.  It turns out about half of my worthy critics are indeed Crunchy cookie fans; however there was no debate when it came to how delicious, perfect and tasty these cookies truly were.
For my oatmeal cookie base I have tried many recipes, including family treasures, but I have yet to find a cookie that tops  Love Me Tender: Soft Oatmeal Cookies from the wonderful Bake at 350. It's fantastic, you have to give it a try! I figured M&M's were a must, as well as chocolate chips, and topped it off with a bunch of coconut to add to the chewy texture and a nice refreshing hint of flavor.  Yes I am NUTS for coconut <3
And since I decided to double the batch because something in my brain automatically thinks one batch is never enough {totally wrong by the way, there were plenty!}, I made a few variations using the second half of the batter.
Butterscotch-chocolate chip. and classic oatmeal raisin.  YUM!

Monster Cookies Recipe
Oatmeal base adapted from Bakeat350

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 Tbs. vegetable oil
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
6 Tbs sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cup flour
shredded coconut*
M&Ms*
chocolate chips*
butterscotch {optional}
raisins{optional}
* I don't have measurements for the mix-ins for you because I tend to keep pouring until the cookie dough is completely filled, but perhaps about 1/2 cup each to start.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Mix baking soda, cinnamon, salt and flour in a large bowl and set aside.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter, vegetable oil and sugar.  Add the egg and continue to beat until mixture is fluffy. Beat in the sour cream and vanilla until well combined.
Stir in the oats.  Add in the dry ingredient mixture a little at a time until fully combined.
If you decide to make different batches like I did, separate the dough into three bowls. Stir in the coconut, M&Ms and chocolate chips into one bowl.
 In the other two bowls, add whatever mix-ins you'd like {butterscotch-chocolate chip, raisins, etc}
Let the dough sit for 15-30 minutes before baking.  Drop by tablespoon into parchment line sheets and bake about 12 minutes or until light brown. 
Transfer to a cooling rack {or enjoy warm like I would hehe :) }

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