Oh Sugar, Sugar!

Oh Sugar, Sugar!

By: Ally Jennrich

With the world coming to an end in less than a month we’re all asking ourselves, “what should I do with my time left?” Well, I’m here to help you answer that question with a simple solution, bake! Sure it might not be the first thing that comes to mind but why not spend your time in the kitchen making something that is probably bad for you but delicious? Now is not the time to be worried about fitting into that fancy dress or those skinny jeans, you only have a month left to live, so bake these cookies and eat all the fatty stuff you want!

The cookies I am going to tell you about are called “Monster Cookies.” Fitting, since a zombie apocalypse may be the way we go. But don’t go wasting your time running down to Target to buy all kinds of ingredients, mainly because I know if I told you go to Target to get ingredients for cookies you’d end up coming out with new sheets, a Furby and all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls (because they were “on sale”), and no ingredients (Target syndrome happens to us all). So this is why we’re just using the ingredients all sugar and food addicts should have in their cupboards. These cookies include; peanut butter (something I believe should just be its own food group since it’s so delicious), oatmeal (yeah it’s “healthy” but not in these cookies), M&M’s (do I really need to explain why you should always have these on hand?) and chocolate chips (everyone has a good chocolate chip cookie recipe that these are needed for asap!). Sure, these ingredients are delicious on their own but put them together in a cookie and BAM it’s a little party in your mouth.

Now don’t just take my word for it, open those cupboards, preheat that oven and get to baking! This recipe is very simple, so even if you are a novice in the kitchen you’ll be able to whip up a delicious batch of monster cookies. So hand out these cookies to your family and friends or bring them to your end of the world party or, better yet, as I plan on doing, eat them all yourself. 

Yield: 36 Cookies
Prep time: 15 minutes/Cook time: 10 minutes
1 ½ cups creamy or chunky peanut butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated white sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
4 ½ cups quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup plain M&M’s candy

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick spray or line sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, mix the peanut butter with the brown and granulated sugar and butter. Use an electric mixer to mix it well until combined. Mix in the eggs and vanilla, Mix in the oats and baking soda. Then, using a spatula or spoon, stir in chocolate chips and M&M’s.

3. Drop the cookies by spoonful onto baking sheets. Place a few extra M&M’s or chocolate chips or both on top of cookies if you want them to look pretty (like the photos)

4. Bake them for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure to not over-bake so they don’t burn. Cool for 5 minutes on cookie sheets then transfer to cooling racks. Store in airtight container and enjoy!