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Leah Likes: Monster Cookies

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COOK TIME
10 min
TOTAL TIME
20 min
SERVINGS
12-16 cookies

Monster Cookies basically are all the greatest things in the pantry thrown into an extremely easy cookie. This is our family recipe and they are soft in the middle and a little crisp on the outside plus packed with treats. A peanut butter base cookie then add oats, M&Ms and chocolate chips. Simple and amazing!

After we filmed this video, I shared on Instagram stories my favorite tip for cooking with kids. I have a lot of people ask how I cook with Leah because they dread doing it because it comes with so much anxiety and a big mess.

I totally get it! I get the anxiety too when I am 2 seconds too late to stop Leah from pouring sugar all over the counter and floor. I swear the crunch of sugar under your feet lasts for months.

My biggest tip is in the preparation.

  • Pre measure ingredients into measuring cups and small bowls to set out

  • Remove the large containers from the counter (less temptation)

  • Choose recipes that are one bowl. You can point to each ingredient and they can dump.

  • Set expectations low for both the time they may be interested and the way it may turn out. Perfection is not the goal, but a fun hands on activity is.

  • There will be a mess, hopefully not a big mess, but there will be a mess. Try to embrace the mess happen and plan to clean up later.

I grew up sitting on the counter baking and cooking with my mom and those are some of my favorite memories. Leah now loves it and I am always happy to cook with her and let her explore, crunchy sugar on the floor and all. She is so excited, so funny and so proud of herself.

Leah is sharing her expertise in making Monster Cookies for you in the video below! Recipe below as well so you can make your very own Monstowww cookies! Roarrr!

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Leah Likes: Monster Cookies

Hearing a 4 year old yell “Monstoww Cookies!” followed by a big roar is a life highlight everyone needs to hear. Leah was so excited to make these and I’m certain it was only for the name. Okay, maybe the M&Ms too. Or the brown sugar. So much brown sugar was eaten.

Prep time: 10 min  |  Cook time: 10 min  |  Total: 20 min

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Ingredients

1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup quick oats

3/4 cup M&Ms

1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment, nonstick spray or a Silpat mat.
  2. In a mixer on high sped, mix the butter, white sugar and brown sugar together until smooth. About 3 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl down.
  3. Add the peanut butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix on low until combined. Add the baking soda and flour a bit at a time, mixing after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl again.
  4. Add the oats, M&Ms and chocolate chips, mix on low until combined.
  5. Roll the dough into balls, about 2 Tablespoons. Then place each ball on the baking sheet and flatten down the dough balls a bit. Be sure to press a few extra M&Ms on top to make it look fancy.
  6. Bake for 11-12 minutes. Remove and let cool for a few minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

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