Day 20 Slice of Life – Monster Cookies

“I need to bake cookies,” I told my husband. It’s Friday, a day for rest and baking.

“Make some for the nurses. They are overworked these days,” said my husband. He’s the chaplain at the hospital.

I had all the ingredients for monster cookies, plus two liters of Baskin-Robbins ice cream in the freezer. We were supposed to have a small dinner party tonight (well under the ten-person suggested limit for gatherings here), but it got cancelled in an abundance of caution.

Cookie dough

When the dinner was cancelled, having recently started Weight Watchers, I was in a quandary about what to do with all these sweets! Do I bake these cookies and risk eating five of them today? (That’s my modus operandi when there are freshly-baked cookies around.) Or do I make another plan?

“Perfect!” I told my husband. “That’s what I’ll do.” I hope it’s safe! Good God, we are in new territory. I’ll wear gloves when I package them.

Anyway, that’s what I did. My husband delivered cookies to several departments.

And I only ate one for five WW points.

Monster Cookies
1 stick butter
1¾ cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 2/3 c. peanut butter
1 T. vanilla
4 ½ cups oatmeal
2 t. soda
¾ cup M&Ms
¾ cup chocolate chips
4 ounces nuts (optional)

Cream butter, brown sugar and white sugar. Add and blend eggs, peanut butter, and vanilla. Add oatmeal and soda. Then add M&Ms and chocolate chips. Add nuts, if desired.

Bake at 350⁰ for 10-12 minutes.

Packaged cookies to take to the employees

14 thoughts on “Day 20 Slice of Life – Monster Cookies

  1. Thats so kind… what a wonderful way to celebrate World Happiness Day!

      1. Lovely idea!
        I think I will try to make these this weekend!

        Sending you virtual hugs And lots of love, my friend.

  2. Baking for others does sound like a good activity to while away these hours of isolation! I was going to bake on St Patty’s Day, but making colcannon was all I could muster up in the kitchen. Good job on sticking to just one cookie; I’m not sure I would have that much restraint!

    1. Chris, thanks! I had to look up colcannon. That sounds like it was tasty. We don’t have St. Patrick’s Day here, so it seemed to sneak right by my with hardly a thought this time.

  3. Thanks for this recipe! I loved your ending – only eating 5 WW points. Good for you – they sure look tempting! Thanks for including a photo, too!

    1. Lynne,
      Thank you. I might have snitched a smidgen of the dough here and there. I wonder how many more points slipped in. However, now they are all safely to other people who need them more than I.

  4. That recipe sounds delightfully decadent! MMmmm. What a kind gesture. I love hearing about ways that people are appreciating, thanking, and supporting others right now. Your post was perfect for World Happiness Day!

    1. Thank you, Paula. It was a nice way to forget about myself, the disappointments of the “no longers” and to remove the temptation, as well.

  5. You’ve inspired me to bake, despite my worries friends and neighbors will not want the treats. I’m taking a chance anyway. I’m also in WW and doing my best to stay on program. Oh, I screenshot your recipe. It looks 😋.

    1. Thank you, Glenda. I’m glad I inspired you. Enjoy. It’s nourishing to the soul and body. Yes, this is a yummy recipe. I also added 1/2 cup of butterscotch chips just because I had them and they were handy.

  6. This is such a kind gesture. The healthcare workers and grocery store employees all need our encouragement and support right now. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    1. Thank you, Tracy. Yes, so true. In Minnesota, where my daughter lives, they’ve given grocery workers the designation of emergency workers, and so the state will cover the cost of child care for them so they can work.

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