Chocolate Monster Cookies


Sometimes you need a really big cookie. Really big and chocolate. With M&Ms. And peanut butter.  I had that kind of day today.

This cookie is made with a Devils food cake mix, one of my favorite easy cookie shortcuts. Cake mix cookies usually only require a couple of ingredients and only need a single bowl.   This one uses peanut butter as one of the major binding ingredients and the flavor really comes through in the final cookie. If you could add M&Ms to a peanut butter cup, you’d get close to this cookie.

Like most cake mix cookies, this batter is THICK. Soldier on though and fold in the candies as best you can. If you wanted some extra amazingness, you could add both chocolate chips and M&Ms. Or, if you are a terrible person, I suppose you could add nuts. But I don’t because yuck.

This batter is so thick I managed to break my large ice cream scoop dishing it. Insert the saddest of faces here.  Thankfully, the cookies soothed my soul and a new scoop can be had on Amazon before my next muffin emergency.  These are best formed by your hands–about 5 tablespoons or a decent size handful.

I love these cookies and, if you are a chocolate & peanut butter lover, you will as well.

 

Chocolate Monster Cookies

Makes 12 giant cookies

 

1 devils food cake mix

2 eggs

3/4 cup peanut butter (I used creamy but I’ve made this with crunchy with good results)

3 tblsp milk

1 1/2 cup m&m’s

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cake mix, eggs, peanut butter and milk together.  The batter will be very thick! Fold in the m&ms as well as you can, then form the cookies into balls.  Bake for 11 minutes or until just set.  They cookies will be soft and will need to firm up while cooling on the sheet pans for a few minutes.  After about 5 minutes, move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

 

 

4 Ingredient Cookies

We had a cookie emergency here yesterday afternoon so the kids and I whipped up a batch of 4 Ingredient Cookies. I wasn’t even going to post about it here but several people on Facebook and Instagram hadn’t heard of these little gems when I thought everyone knew about them. Maybe that is a sign that I spend too much time googling cookie recipes?

The recipe couldn’t be simpler and is very forgiving. Sometimes I just eyeball it instead of measuring. One of my friends dialed the sugar back by half and reported they were still rich and delicious. I like these super sweet so they almost taste like the inside of a Reese’s peanut butter cup, so I will probably keep the sugar as is.

These are fantastic crumbled on top of a few scoops of ice cream, as Mr Piehole and I discovered last night.

Four Ingredient Cookies

1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of sugar
1 egg
Chocolate chips (I like milk but I suppose you could use semi sweet)

Mix, scoop, bake at 350 until just barely set.

These will harden significantly as they cool and you want to retain a moist center or they will be crumbly. Mine took 18 minutes, turning halfway through.