The Ultimate Monster Cookie (Possibly)

Happy Sunday! How has everyone’s weekend treated them so far? Good?

Great!

Things around here were pretty busy yesterday. What with all the wrapping, baking and hurrying to complete errands before the ice and snow started falling down. By the way- does it not just look gorgeous out there? I’m really no fan of the snow, but when it looks as festive as it does outside right now- even I can’t complain!

So yesterday, I challenged everyone to see if they could guess where my super clever post title came from. Well guess what? Somebody guessed right!

 

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Yep, tha’s right- Amanda could always read my mind when we lived together in college- looks like some things never change!

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Another “as seen in yesterday’s post” element, I did some special Christmas baking yesterday afternoon…which resulted in these gems.

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Yes, finally! After a little over 6 months I pulled out my favorite cookie recipe and decided to make them again for some folks at work and our family Christmas.

The technical name for these bad boys are Monster Cookies, but that simply doesn’t do them justice. They are “Amazing Monster Cookies”- and I humbly refer to them as my specialty. 😉 It isn’t just me, though- my family often refers to these as “Meredith’s cookies”.

They have quite the fan base.

This recipe is a must try!

What you’ll need for these Amazing Monster Cookies:

– 1 cup Crisco

-3/4 cup granulated sugar

-3/4 cup brown sugar

-2 eggs

-2 teaspoons vanilla

-2 cups flour

-1 teaspoon salt

-1 teaspoon baking soda

-2 cups quick oats

-1 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet

-1 cup butterscotch or peanut butter chips

-festive M&Ms (whatever fits the season or occasion- for these, red and green!)

Directions- A La my stellar severly lacking photo skills:

After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, cream your crisco and suagrs together with your ghetto hand mixer, then add your eggs and vanilla and beat.

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Slowly add in your dry mixture to the wet mixture, beating everything together as you go. (It takes me 4 “rounds” of pouring in my dry ingredients and mixing everything together until I finish.)

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When this step is successfully completed, the dough should be lighter in color, smooth and not very sticky.

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Then (and here comes the good stuff), add in your oats. The original recipe I have for these calls for the oats to be beat in with a mixer, but I prefer to use my big wooden spoons to just stir it all in because I love the texture the whole oats give the cookies.

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Also, as a side note- can we talk for a second about how massive this container of oats is? Like…yowza. That is a huge thing of oats.

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Easily 3 times the size of your average oats container. Who-ah. (<—that’s for you, Shane. 😉 )

Anyhoo, after you beat or stir in your oats, it’s time to add the best parts- add in your chocolate chips and butterscotch chips! Stirring these bad boys in gives quite the arm and shoulder workout, by the way.

After these steps are cmplete, guess what? You have beautiful monster cookie dough that should look like this:

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Drop by rounded however-size-spoon-you-like-your-cookies-to-be (Tablespoon is cool. So is serving spoon.) onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Then, take your festive M&Ms and put a couple (usually 2 is good, otherwise all of the yummy mix ins in the cookie will cause the dough to split and not hold together during baking) into each delicious ball of dough– and wallah!

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You’re ready to make some serious cookie magic.

Put the cookies into the pre-heated oven for about 10-12 minutes- 10 for gooier, less done and 12 for “well done”.

(Remember, the cookies will continue to bake a little when you pull them out of the oven and they’re cooling- so if you think they look about done but not quite- go ahead and take them out. The bottoms might get too done otherwise!)

When all is said and done, you’ll have around 2 to 2 and 1/2 dozen cookies (depending on your “spoon size”) of really yummy monster cookies that will definitely be a crowd pleaser. I know mine always are!

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And hey, if you wanna claim this recipe as your own, I get it. Just don’t forget to let me know how your cookies go over!

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The Morning Workout That Wasn’t

(FYI-  The Wedding page was updated this morning!)

Happy Monday! How is everyone doing on this fine (and very cold) start to the Thanksgiving week?

Me? I could be better.

I gotta tell ya, I’m a little disappointed in myself. I blew off my morning cardio today, and I am just not real happy about it. At the time, my bed sounded WAY, way better than getting up for a session of P90x. Retrospectively, I would much rather be sitting here typing up the Cardio X workout review that I had originally planned for this post.

Yeesh.

Ahhhhh, well. Tomorrow is another day! If there’s one thing I have learned, it’s to not beat myself up endlessly over missing a workout. It happens. So I’ll just bump the workout review post to tomorrow afternoon- so be on the lookout for that!

I know we can all barely contain our excitement.  😉

 

Let’s move on, shall we?

Okay guys, so along with my plain chicken and kale salad (oof), I also snacked on one of these little gems after lunch. veggie muffins

Have you guys ever had these? I am a sucker for anything with bananas or chocolate chips…

I heated mine up for 35 seconds in the microwave, then smeared a tiny bit of PB on top. Super delicious. pb and muffin

You can find them at Target!

Other News

So, if any of you read my post from Saturday night, you might have read about a certain excitement that was going on over here this weekend.

Yes, our Save the Dates finally arrived!

After months of working on google docs and excel, and countless e-mail threads, texts and tons of Facebook messages later- we finally succeeded in finalizing our wedding guest list!

Honestly, a HUGE shout out to my wonderful mom, who spent days and days working through the list to make sure everything was perfect. It wouldn’t have come together like it did without her- thank you, mom!

So Saturday evening, mom and I spent a couple more hours putting our handy dandy address labels and handy dandy return address stamp to good use. My dad took the completed Save the Dates to the post office bright and early this morning (thanks dad!) and they are now officially on their way!

Once they start arriving (which could be as early as TOMORROW) I’ll post a photo of them on here-along with the link to our awesome photographer and save the date printing company.

Hope your Monday has been fantastic!