Friday, October 10, 2014

Mom's Monster Cookies

I know it's only October and it seems a bit early to mention December or Christmas, but hear me out.

We're going to visit my mother this long weekend, and one of the things I will be doing while I'm there is raiding her recipe books. She isn't a world class chef or baker, but I love the simplicity of it all. These recipes are ones that I've grown up with, and loved since I could remember handing her the ingredients.

Enter: Monster Cookies. 
My mother and I would make this recipe every year, come mid-December, on an day when we had the entire evening free. It's the perfect thing to bake for those unexpected gifts that come up (coworkers, church, etc), because this recipe makes 50 dozen cookies.
50 dozen cookies.
To properly make this recipe, one should have the following things ready to go:
Stock soup pot (or some very large container)
Multiple cookie/baking sheets.
Wax paper or cooling racks set up
Another person to help (It was a yearly tradition with my mom, don't attempt this alone).
Monster Cookies
12 Eggs
5 cups (2 lbs*) Brown Sugar
4 cups white sugar
1 Tbsp Vanilla extract
1 Tbsp Corn Syrup
8 tsp Baking Soda
4 sticks (1 lb*) Margarine or Butter
3 jars (3 lb*) of Peanut Butter
18 cups Oatmeal
1.3 bags (1 lb*) of Chocolate Chips
1.3 bags (1 lb*) of M&Ms
Any other mix-ins, such as walnuts or raisins

1. Mix everything together
2. Drop onto an ungreased cookie sheet by teaspoon.
3. Bake at 350 until they "look done"

Gotta love a simple recipe, right?

*To clarify on the recipe's usage of pounds (lbs) instead of cups (c.)
There is a lot of sugar, butter and peanut butter in this recipe, so whoever wrote this recipe just used pounds.

2 lbs of brown sugar
An average bag size for brown sugar
1 lb of margarine 
4 sticks 
3 lbs of peanut butter  
3 average sized jars
1 lb of Choc. Chips 
An avg bags of ch. chips is 12 oz. 16 oz equals 1 lb.

--I live life on the edge, and add two full bags
1 lb of M&Ms  
An large bag of M&Ms is 20 oz. 16 oz equals 1 lb.

--I stick with the 16 oz (1 lb) this recipe recommends

Of course, 50 dozen does sound like a lot, but it will provide you with a ridiculous amount of easy Christmas gifts and will last you to the new year. You can also do what I plan on doing, flash freezing a bunch to snack on throughout the season.

So tell me...
Do you have a bulk cookie recipe I should know about?
What baking traditions did you grow up with?

It's about that time again! Six months ago I wrote from A-Z, a different letter every day in April (except Sundays). This time around I'm going to write a post every day in October, hence Blogtober. Clever, huh?

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The Daily Tay


  1. 50 DOZEN! I don't think I even make half that batch during Christmastime and I make a lot of cookies! But these do sound really good. I love that they're a family tradition. :)

    1. They are delicious! Not the fanciest, but everyone loves them. I've never been able to master the fancier Christmas cookies anyhow :)

  2. My mom and I used to make homemade bread to give out at Christmas. The house would smell wonderful on bread day! This looks like a great recipe. I'm thinking maybe I'll use the Christmas M&Ms to make it extra festive

    1. I have to agree- bread day at the house is wonderful! And I might go with the Red and Green (and white?) as well this year, multi was all I had on hand the year I took these photos.

  3. Pinned! 50 Dozen! Of all my cookie recipes, I have just spotted the void for a bulk recipe! Thank you;)
    I love how a mom's recipe can bring back so many memories and nostalgia. Going through the recipe box is so fun! My mom gave me a recipe box with my favorites in it on my bridal shower. So sweet;)

  4. LOVE monster cookies :) I'm so excited for Christmas now!!! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from oh hey, Friday :) Have a great weekend!

  5. Can this recipe be halved?I have a bad shoulder and can't mix very large batches.

    1. Yes it can, or you can do what I do and enlist the help of others. My husband got a workout mixing it up for me this last time!


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