Ladies and Gentlemen…I’m about to share with you one of my family’s most prized recipes.
One part cookie, one part hug-on-a-plate — these MONSTER COOKIES are quite possibly the best thing to have come out of my kitchen, bar none.
They’ve been shipped as heartfelt college care packages. Made as boating snacks on vacation. Packed as decadent sustenance on hiking trips. Stuffed into tupperware as Christmas gifts or birthday treats. Eaten straight from the bowl as delicious dough. And dreamt about all year long.
But they hit every note you’re looking for in a cookie — the edges are crispy, while the inside is gooey with caramelized peanut butter — yeah you read that correctly.
Top that with some chewy oats, flaked coconut and raisins, with a kiss of cinnamon — and dannnnnnng that is one fabulous cookie!
Because not only are they a delectable and decadent dessert, but they are also a convenient snack that is full of protein and fiber and fruit. They’re alllllmost good for you! haha
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Unfortunately, these are not Specific Carb Diet friendly, or Paleo, because they have sugar and oats in them, but they ARE gluten free!
And good luck getting them to stick around for longer than a couple days — they gets devoured nearly instantaneously!
Talk about a crowd pleaser.
Here’s what you need: (Makes 24 LARGE cookies)
3 eggs (Vegan option: 3 flax/chia eggs, or 2 mashed bananas)
1 1/4 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla
1/4 Tbsp corn syrup
2 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp cinnamon
1 stick softened butter
1 1/2 cups peanut butter (or nut butter of choice)
4 1/2 cups certified gluten free oats
1 1/2 cups raisins
7 oz (1/2 a bag) sweetened shredded coconut
1/4 – 1/3 cup salted sunflower seeds
1 cup m&m’s
1 cup chocolate chips
2 baking sheets
extra large mixing bowl
big mixing spoon or fork
ice cream scoop
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all the ingredients together in the given order in the largest bowl you have. The batter will be thick and sticky. Use an ice cream scoop, and scoop 6 cookies on each parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 13 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE. You’ll think they’re really underdone, but they’re not. They’ll firm up and be perfect. Makes 24 cookies.
Make these for someone, and they will literally love you forever.
These are seriously the best cookie on the face of this earth. I know, I know…that’s quite a statement. But it is the absolute truth.
First of all, they’re SO moist and chewy. Something magical happens in the center of these bad boys. The butter, peanut butter and sugar create this caramel-like gooeyness in the center. — That ooey gooey goodness can only be achieved by slightly under baking them 🙂
The raisins are sticky and chewy and have an intense sweetness that is complimented perfectly by the salty sunflower seeds. And the coconut becomes all toasty in the oven and gives the cookie a decadent texture and flavor.
Finally, I think it goes without saying, but peanut butter is the food of the gods. Seriously. I mean, there’s even a restaurant in NYC, Peanut Butter and Co., that is dedicated to it. They even sell their specialty peanut butter online….White Chocolate Wonderful or Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter, or Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter anyone? My fav is the Pumpkin Spice peanut butter! Anyone? Just trust me, the peanut butter is the star of the show in this cookie.
And I don’t think it’s possible to describe how good the kitchen smells when these cookies are baking: peanut butter, sugar and toasted coconut? Yankee Candle wishes it could replicate this heavenly smell.
Do yourself a favor: make these cookies. Freeze half for later, give half away….or not. Just try and get them into the oven without eating al the cookie dough first. I may or may not have lost a few would-be cookies to batter snatchers 😉
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