Oh Paula. You butter-loving ball of happiness and bacon grease, you. You had me at peanut butter. I think everyone should have at least one easy, go-to recipe for baked goods, and Paula Deen's "Monster Cookies" never steer me wrong. They are good for holiday, good day, bad day, any day. They are delicious, and get rave reviews every.single.time. Make them. I promise you won't be disappointed. But you will be unable to stop eating them.
Here's her recipe (taken from here).
- What you Need!
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 12-ounce jar creamy peanut butter
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1/2 cup multi-colored chocolate candies
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup raisins, optional (I skip these!)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 4 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.
In a very large mixing bowl, combine the eggs and sugars. Mix well. Add the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and butter. Mix well. Stir in the chocolate candies, chocolate chips, raisins, if using, baking soda, and oatmeal. Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes (I found that 9 minutes is perfect for my oven). Do not overbake. Let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool. When cool, store in large resealable plastic bags.