These cookies were the other hit from Galentine’s Day. I have a terrible habit of trying new recipes before parties which has frequently led to much swearing and boxed Trader Joe’s scones being served (and now the secret is out- if you have scones at my gatherings, it may because I can’t serve f-bombs for dessert and that delectable looking pin was very very deceiving.)
Here was such a case, except my gamble led to a big pay out this time. I am in love with these cookies. They are basically my dream cookie: dense, chewy, lacey, filled with coconut and accented by dark chocolate. They are not a traditional monster cookie, but that was where the inspiration began.
I wasn’t sure what to make for dessert, had minimal time and only one hand free while hanging out with Henry (yes I know I CAN put him down but sometimes I just don’t want to!) so I knew it needed to be a cookie. I will always choose cookies over cake and yet, I don’t really have go-to recipes for cookies. I do have plenty of favorite cookie memories though, so I thought about those for a while and then searched the interweb to recreate the monster cookies from the Cinnamon Works bakery at the Pike Place Market.
I found Lee Drummond’s (the Pioneer Woman) Monster Cookie recipe and followed her serving suggestion to modify the dough “however [I’d] like: chocolate chunks, bits of toffee, even bits of dried fruit.” I decided coconut flakes, chocolate chips, and white chocolate chips would be the perfect addition to Lee’s oatmeal cookie base. And y’all…I was right. Really, really right.
Funny story, when my husband saw me baking he got really excited. I haven’t spent a lot of time on desserts lately when simply feeding the family can be enough of a challenge most days. Then he heard I was making cookies and got even more pumped. So I will blame it on adrenaline when he saw the oatmeal on the counter, swatted at it and yelled “if you’re finally making cookies you’re not putting this crap in there!” (or something slightly more pg-13…) However, in classic Troy fashion, he then ended up wanting to do this with the dough:
The man doesn’t know what he likes until he finally tries it, then he loves it. Just like your 5 year old, probably.
Monster Cookies: My Way or Your Way
what you will need:
- 2 sticks (1/2 Pound) butter softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 1-1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tblspn vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cup flour
- 1/2 tspn baking soda
- 1 tspn baking powder
- 2 tspn salt
- 1-1/2 cup oatsMy Way additions:
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1 cup coconut flakesYou Way additions: include your favorite combo of any of the above or below
- 1/2 cup M & M’s (more To Taste)
- 1/2 cup nuts (more To Taste)
- 1/2 cup Peanut Butter Chips
- 2-1/4 cups Rice Krispies
How to do it:
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream butter with sugars until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and beat.
- Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and kosher salt. Add to mixing bowl and mix till combined. After that, add in remaining ingredients in whatever quantity you prefer. Do not overmix!
- Optional: refrigerate dough for an hour, or up to a few days, to avoid spreading on the cookie sheet
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. This is important because the cookies have a thin, lacey consistency and it will help them separate from the sheet after baking.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough onto a cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, then allow to cool on a rack.