Monster, what?!?!

If I can pack everything that is awesome into one cookie, well that’s just smart and efficient.  That’s why I love monster cookies.  Chocolate, peanut butter, sugar all rolled up into one… that’s just a little piece of heaven.

Tonight we were invited to my very dear friend’s house for dinner, and I decided to bring my version of monster cookies.  But why stop there?  I also brought ice cream to make ice cream sandwiches.  If I’m gonna do dessert, I’m gonna do it right!

Maddy and I have known each other since we were eight years old and we’ve been friends since we were 13.  She’s pretty much my biggest fan when it comes to this blog, so I offered to bring dessert tonight.  I knew I couldn’t go wrong, she loves everything!

These are very basic monster cookies.  You can add/change pretty much anything, whatever tickles your fancy.  Enjoy!

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

INGREDIENTS:  2 1/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 cup and 2 tablespoons shortening, 1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar, 1 cup white sugar, 6 tablespoons chunky-style peanut butter (get the good stuff ~ no Jiff or Skippy, too much additional sugar), 3 large eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1 1/2 – 2 cups rolled oats, 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (add less chocolate chips if you want to add m&m’s, a common monster ingredient)

DIRECTIONS:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the first four ingredients and set the mixture aside.  Beat shortening with an electric mixer until creamy.  Gradually add sugars, beating well.  Add peanut butter, eggs and vanilla beating until just combined.  Blend in flour mixture and oats.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Drop dough in about 2 tablespoon size scoops, spreading them out about 2 inches apart, onto parchment lined baking sheets.  Bake for 10-12 minutes (depending on how hot your oven’s 350 degrees can be, every oven is different), until lightly browned.  Cool on baking sheets for about 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Ice Cream Sandwiches

Ice Cream Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS:  two monster cookies (see recipe above), vanilla bean ice cream

DIRECTIONS:  Scoop a small dollop  of ice cream onto a sheet of plastic wrap.  Fold plastic wrap over ice cream and shape into “squishable” circular disks (do this quickly due to heat).  Place one cookie face down, followed by the ice cream, and finally stack the other cookie, face up, on top of the deliciousness that is the pile that you’ve created.  Dig in!

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