I can’t believe what I just got in the mail!! Well, email, really, because apparently no one sends out real mail anymore!
I just got a Facebook invite to my ten year high school reunion! Ten years!! I can’t believe it! It seems impossible that high school was that long ago. And at the same time, so many things have happened since then (5 years of college, a year of masters, a wedding, four years of work in a REAL job, a baby who is going to turn ONE in a few months, and not to mention all the memories and friends I have made) it seems crazy to think that high school has only been ten years ago.
Looking back, I had a great time in high school. I had a wonderful group of friends, I mostly enjoyed my classes, I had a job that I actually liked and was good at, things were pretty good. Of course, I have selectively forgotten the drama and hormones that accompany teenage years, but who wants to remember that, sheesh? Sadly, I won’t be able to make my reunion as I will most likely still be unpacking boxes in West Virginia, but I am in contact with most of my old friends from high school via Facebook, anyway, so although I am sure I will miss out on a few laughs and hugs, I am still able, at least, to keep in contact with them online!
These memories do have something to do with my post for today, if you are wondering. The cafeteria at high school used to have a fairly extensive A La Carte line, and that, my friends, is where I was first introduced to the Monster Cookie! A delicious “kitchen sink” concoction of cookie goodness, monster cookies will take just about anything you throw at them. Want raisins? Add ’em! Have Peanut M&M’s instead of regular? Throw them in! Whatever you want works!! There are no rules here! Pretend it’s high school all over again! These cookies were great, soft and chewey, and oh so good!
I like to pretend they are good for you, too! I mean, they have oats! And walnuts, and peanut butter! All good food… All food that is totally acceptable to eat for breakfast…
Monster Cookies (loosely adapted from the Pioneer Woman)
2 sticks butter, salted
1/2 cup white sugar
1.5 cups brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2/3 cups peanut butter (creamy or chunky, whatever you want)
1.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp kosher salt
2 1/3 cup quick oats
2/3 cup M&M’s (more to taste)
1 cup chopped nuts ( I used walnuts, but whatever you like will do!)
1/2 cup butterschotch pieces (or chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips, or whatever)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream the butter and sugars until fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time until combined.
Add vanilla and mix well.
In a seperate bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, powder, and salt. Add to the mixing bowl and mix until just combined.
Add in the reminaing ingredients (your candies and nuts).
Use a cookie scoop to scoop balls of dough on your cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes (check them early and often, people! Just because they were done at 15 minutes is my oven doesn’t mean they will be done at 15 in yours!), then cool.