Easy Monster Cookies

Ashley’s Easy Monster Cookies
These fast and easy cookies are perfect for busy moms. I think these are the perfect treat to have my 2-year-old help me because she can dump and pour the simple ingredients in to the mixer and drop the cookies onto the pan.  She absolutely LOVES to help cook and enjoys playing in the kitchen.
1 bag chocolate chip cookie mix
1 bag peanut butter cookie mix
1 1/2 c oats (quick or rolled)
3 eggs
1 stick softened butter
1 c M&Ms
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Form the dough into 1” balls and place on a cookies sheet about 3” apart.  Bake at 375* for 10-12 mins or until slightly browned on top.  Makes 3 dozen 2 inch cookies.

One tip I learned from my mother-in-law is lining your cookie sheets with parchment paper.  This makes clean up a breeze and allows you to work ahead.  You can make up all of your batches on separate pieces of parchment paper and simply transfer them onto the sheets after you take out the previous batch. If you are baking 2 sheets at a time, make sure you rotate racks half way through.  Remove the parchment paper from the pan for the cookies to cool. If you have laminate countertops like we do, make sure you do not put the HOT cookies directly onto your countertop.  You are best off insulating the surface with a kitchen towel or another pan.

NOTE: Betty Crocker is my favorite mix. I find I can get these mixes at a reduced cost with coupons often. When they are on sale, I stock up!  This particular week, I did not have a coupon, and they were not on sale.  I decided to use the generic brand from our local grocery store.  NOTE 2: We omitted the M&Ms this time because my daughter is potty training.  She gets 3 of the candies every time she uses the big girl potty.  I didn’t want to confuse her in any way.

As you can see in the photos, we have a loved and lived in home.  Young mothers out there, it’s okay to have a clean but messy home as long as your kids are happy and great memories are made in that home.

If cooking with your children, you can measure and let them dump everything into the bowl.  To help with the eggs, I crack them into a little bowl and let her add each of them in after I have cracked them.  I purchased a spout for my KitchenAid mixer that really helps her dump into the bowl.  As you can see, it clearly does not eliminate all mess.  She is saying, “Uh oh!”  I also find my daughter likes to stir when she cooks with me.  However, this dough is just too stiff for her to mix up.  Instead, I let her watch it mix.  Make sure they don’t stick their fingers in though.  Ouch!   Clearly she is excited to see it mix up!  My daughter likes to scoop the dough out of the bowl.  I make them into nice balls after she plops them onto the cookie sheet.  We are a team!  At this point, my sous chef needed a snack and a break!

 

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