After reading about a really naughty Cookie Monster character who attacked a two-year-old boy recently when he didn't get a tip, I got to thinking about cookies and monsters, and ... now I can't stop thinking about monster cookies, which are much sweeter than that twisted story.
Monster cookies are all sorts of magnificent and usually involve multiple delicious ingredients. This version from Pinch of Yum is one of my favorite recipes for them that I've found. While they may look like plain old M&M cookies, there's so much more in there -- like peanut butter, dark chocolate chunks, and chopped up Butterfinger candy bars. Yes, they are as good as they sound.
Butterfinger Monster Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
2/3 cup unpacked brown sugar
2/3 cup smooth peanut butter (chunky is nice too!)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup rolled oats
1 cup each M&M's, chopped dark chocolate, chopped Butterfingers
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
Beat in the peanut butter, vanilla, and egg until well blended. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just moistened.
Mix in the oats and candies until evenly distributed.
Drop rounded spoonfuls on to lightly greased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8-10 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges start to brown. Cool on cookie sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
The Butterfinger gets a little weird right out of the oven. It's kind of chewy and hard to eat. Don't worry -- it will re-crispify when it cools.
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