Monster (Truck) Cookies

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MonsterTruckThis is a recipe that I got from the Des Moines Register when I was in middle school.  At the time, my brother and I were on our own for the summer, and this recipe was from an article on “How to keep busy in the summer.”  One of the suggestions was to watch TV without the sound and try to lip read.  Yeah–it sounded just as ridiculous 30 years ago!  In any case, these are one of my favorites since it combines oatmeal and peanut butter–one of my favorite combinations and then throw chocolate chips and M&Ms into the mix and it’s heaven!  I make these for our road trips since they are chock full of fiber (if you get my drift) and can be tailored to the audience for what you “add in” and can be as healthy as you want to make them!  It doesn’t include flour so is inherently gluten free (I also use gluten free oats) and I substituted Earth’s Balance “butter” for the butter in the recipe to make it dairy free (short of any chocolate you add).  I feature this recipe on the Surviving a Road Trip series of webisodes in the I’m Hungry segment and it’s worth watching–it’s chock full of funny.

Monster (Truck) Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 Eggs
  • 3/4 cups Butter of choice
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups Peanut Butter
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 7 cups Oatmeal of choice (I use gluten free oats, but you can use old fashioned or quick oats)
  • 3/4 cups Chips of choice (milk chocolate, dark chocolate, toffee, peanut butter, butterscotch, vanilla, etc.)
  • 3/4 cups M&Ms (Or other "add ins" like flake coconut, toffee pieces, candy bar pieces, etc.)

Directions

Step 1
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugars. I cut the sugar amounts in half and substituted coconut sugar for the remainder (1 cup sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1 1/2 cups coconut sugar). Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index, so helps in not having huge sugar highs.
Step 2
Then add in the eggs and vanilla and mix until smooth. Add the peanut butter and continue to mix until smooth.
Step 3
Combine the dry ingredients and then add to the creamed mixture.
Step 4
Add in your "add ins" of choice and continue to mix. There is A LOT of batter, so you might need to mix them in by hand.
Step 5
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Makes 4-5 dozen depending on the size. I use a mini l ice cream scoop, which is a bit larger than a tablespoon for my cookies.


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