Monster Cookies

In addition to the six-in-one oatmeal cookies I made a few days ago, I found this monster batch of monster cookies and it seemed like a great way to use up a lot of things in my house — brown sugar, eggs, m & ms, etc. — and it seemed like a great recipe to keep ready to bake.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love a monster cookie — unless they have a peanut allergy.  This monster batch of monster cookies also came from the Moss Heaven cookbook.

Monster Cookies

Monster Cookies

2 lbs brown sugar
4 c sugar
1 lb butter or margarine
12 eggs
8 tsp baking soda
1/4 c vanilla

Cream the above together in a large roaster pan.

1 lb M&Ms
1 lb chocolate chips
3 lb peanut butter

Mix in, with a wooden spoon.  Add:

18 c oatmeal

Mix in with your hands.  Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees.  To make monster cookies, drop with an ice cream scoop and bake for 15-20 minutes.  To make normal size cookies, drop from a tablespoon and bake 10-12 minutes.



Six-in-One Oatmeal Cookie

When I was in graduate school in Fort Collins, my colleague and friend Sara and I would find moments to go and spread joy within our department, to our friends and colleagues, and to encourage delighting in the little things.  I took this into my first job after grad school and would, on occasion, walk around or drop off treats for folks.  Over the course of the last ten years, this has continued to evolve, and on my current campus, we often use the phrase “Make people matter.”  It seems a little cheesy sometimes, and in this times of higher education, there certainly is not a budget for this, but when it’s easy to become frustrated by the day-to-day or be reminded of the frustrations, one of my goals for the last eight weeks of the academic year is to do a better job of demonstrating to people that they matter and thank them for doing the parts of their job that are not always fun, but need doing.  And, while it’s nice to do things to acknowledge the work other people are doing because it helps them to know I see their work, it also helps me to maintain a positive attitude when I am intentionally recognizing the hard work of others across the campus.

In order to achieve this goal, I spent some time over spring break mixing up different cookie doughs and freezing cookies so that I could then bake a dozen cookies and bring them to someone when I see them doing something great.  When I came across this six-in-one oatmeal cookie recipe from the Moss Heaven cookbook, I thought it looked worth trying out.  For the batch photographed below, I incorporated a raisin, golden raisin, craisin mix from Trader Joe’s and grated orange peel into the recipe.

Six in One Oatmeal Cookies

Six-in-One Oatmeal Cookie

1 c margarine
1 c brown sugar
1 c sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
3 c quick-cooking oatmeal

Variations (mix in one of these):
1 c coconut
1/2 c chopped nuts
1 pkg chocolate chips
1 c cut up gum drops
2 Tbsp grated orange peel
1 c raisins
1 c cut-up dates

Drop from a teaspoon onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Kit Kat Bars

A few weeks ago, we had a number of different issues (a steam pipe burst, electrical outage, among other items) arise on campus on a weekend.  To have a series of issues during a normal workday is not very exciting, but when we need to bring the entire facilities and maintenance staff in on a weekend to work on these issues, and they do it with smiles on their faces, it becomes a different kind of adventure.  I wanted to make sure our staff knows how much we appreciate when they take on these concerns, so I decided to make some snacks for them.  I made the crusher cookies that I posted about last fall, but also found a recipe for Kit Kat bars in the Moss Heaven A Taste of Iowa cookbook and wanted to bring it together.  Note: I only had chocolate graham crackers at my house, so that’s what I used — hence the really dark brown filling layers.

Kit Kat Bars.jpg

Kit Kat Bars

2 c graham cracker crumbs
1/4 c sugar
1/2 c milk
1 c margarine
1 c brown sugar
Waverly crackers

Mix the first five ingredients well.  Bring to a boil and boil five minutes, stirring constantly.  Place a layer of the Waverly crackers in an unbuttered 9×13 pan.  Pour half of the boiled mixture over crackers.  Arrange a second layer of crackers over the top of this.  Pour rest of the boiled mixture over crackers.  Add a third layer of crackers.  Melt together:

1/2 c chocolate chips
1/2 c butterscotch chips
2/3 c peanut butter

Spread over top of cracker layer.  Cool and cut into bars.  Makes 48 bars.