THICK, CHEWY MONSTER COOKIES
A bit of news, in case you aren't religiously following my social media accounts ;) ... after 3 wonderful years, I am leaving Meredith Corporation, where I had the pleasure of working with Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart, MORE, Rachael Ray, and Recipe.com. Next week, I start as social media coordinator at Trilix Marketing (still in DSM!).
Naturally, I had to bring in cookies for my last day. Cookies with a little bit of everything in them, because that's what my time at Meredith was—a little bit of everything.
These cookies are what I grew up with. I remember bringing them to kindergarten for my 6th birthday. I remember getting them at the bakery counter at Hy-Vee (the only way my parents could keep Riley and me happy during shopping trips!).
A few things to note: definitely beat the butters and sugar together for 3-4 minutes and no less—this helps with the fluffy consistency of the batter! Also, creamy over crunchy peanut butter. Not for toast or an English muffin. But for these cookies? Definitely.
1 stick butter, softened (not melted!)
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (i used unbleached)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cornstarch
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups quick oats
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup m&ms
1. preheat oven to 350ºF. spray sheetpan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
2. in bowl of stand mixer (or large bowl w/ hand mixer), cream butter, brown sugar, and peanut butter until light and fluffy (about 3-4 min).
3. mix in egg and vanilla, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
4. in a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, corn starch, baking powder, and salt.
5. with the mixer on low speed, slowly add flour mixture and mix until just combined.
6. add oats, chocolate chips, and m&ms and mix on low until just combined.
7. scoop dough into 2tbsp scoops. i comfortably got 9 cookies per pan.
8. bake 9 minutes. the edges should start to brown, but the top should look undercooked. smoosh lightly with the bottom of a glass to flatten a little bit while they're cooling.