Monster Cookies

Summertime. You’ve been sweating for that bikini body since January and you definitely deserve a cookie. Just one won’t hurt. These melt in your mouth little monsters are full of peanut butter deliciousness, and a touch of butterscotch too.

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I’ve not baked cookies in a while and when the craving struck I had no chocolate chips, #bakingprobs. I did however have a bag of butterscotch ones which I thought would be the perfect compliment to peanut butter. I’ve never reaaaalllyyy been a fan of PB but that’s rapidly changing. I do prefer natural to creamy but this recipe demands the creamy stuff or your cookies will fall apart, it’s worth it so just do as you’re told, starting with your ingredients:

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  •  115g butter
  • 185g peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 165g flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g butterscotch chips
  • 1 sharing bag of peanut M&Ms
  • 40g quick cooking porridge oats

Cream the butter and sugar until it’s light and fluffy

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Add the peanut butter and mix to combine

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Repeat with the egg and vanilla essence, in that order.

Add the flour and bicarb slowly, I mixed with a spoon and was careful to only mix until the flour just disappeared.

Fold in the butterscotch chip, oatmeal and M&Ms

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Shape into balls, I used about 1.5 tbsps worth of dough to make my cookies and managed to get 24 out of the mix.

A few tips on cookie aesthetics:

Mine were not perfect (see here for the originals) and took a couple of attempts to get looking even close to that.

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Monster cookie evolution

Be sure to flatten the cookies slightly before baking so they spread out a bit and get nice and ‘monstery’ looking.

Place a couple of chips and some M&Ms at the top of the dough, otherwise they all get hidden inside and you’ll have great tasting cookies but they won’t look very fun. ImageImageImage

Try using a combination of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips, the butterscotch chips don’t stand out much from the colour of the cookie dough and I’d have liked to use chocolate ones as well to cut at the sweetness and add a little contrast.

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These disappeared in 24 hours flat

They’re delicious and while not as chewy as I had expected, they had a melt in your mouth kind of texture and flavour you only really get with peanut butter.

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