monster cookies

perfect for halloween, these monster cookies are a fun way to showcase all of that extra candy!

because we love cookies, and we love candy, and at certain times of the year - halloween, christmas...) there is always an obscene quantity of candy floating around our house, we came up with this recipe.  i mean, what better way to use extra candy than to mix it into  rich, buttery cookie dough? combine the two and you have cookie magic.  

this recipe takes our classic chocolate chip cookie dough & mixes in a random assortment of chopped (mini) candy bars.  the ones i've included here are what we originally used, but believe me, nearly any candy will work (twix, anyone?).  except for gummy candy, or really really hard candy.  maybe not those. but pretty much any other candy = cookie bliss.

recipe: monster cookies (yields about 10 large cookies)

 ingredients

  • 8 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3/4c packed brown sugar
  • 1 flax egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp water) or 1 regular egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 c whole wheat pastry flour (or 1/4c unbleached all purpose flour)
  • 3/4 c unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 mini snickers bars, chopped
  • 2 peanut butter cups, chopped
  • 2 mini heath bars, chopped
  • 2 mini milky ways, chopped
  • a mini pack m&m's (plain, peanut, both!)
  • any other candy you love/have on hand!
  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees 
  2. grease a cookie sheet with cooking spray
  3. to make the flax egg: mix 1 tbsp ground flax with 3 tbsp cold water & let it sit for a few minutes.
  4. beat the butter until it's very fluffy, then add in the sugar & beat that for a few minutes.  beat in the flax egg and vanilla. when it's combined, add in the remaining ingredients  & mix until it comes together.  
  5. add the chopped candy & mix for another 30 seconds or until the candy pieces are completely mixed into the dough 
  6. scoop the cookies onto a cookie sheet
  7. bake for 7 minutes, then check for done-ness.  keep baking, checking the cookies every 3 minutes.  the cookies are done when they're still a little soft.  they will harden a little more as they cool.