It’s mid-August, and at this time each year I get confused as a baker. It’s still summer but fall baking is foremost on my mind. I find that if I light my citrus kitchen candle and do an upward salute, then my heart will point me to the right recipe.
Monster cookies! Gosh, how many times have I made these? Many. They are bake sale favorites and since school is already in (seriously, already?), then this seems like an opportune time to post my favorite monster cookie recipe.
Monster cookies are pretty much the most awesome oatmeal cookies ever. The brown sugar in the batter makes the cookie chewy, and the peanut butter (extra crunchy here) contrasts nicely with all the chocolate add-ins – semisweet chips and M&Ms (or candy-coated chocolate pieces – my fellow freelance bloggers will appreciate that.)
The cookies are amazing all on their own, but I had the notion to make them into the most decadent cream-filled sandwich cookies: Double Doozies. Mall shoppers will be familiar with the name – I know I’ve had my fair share from that famous cookie kiosk!
These guys are pretty hefty, almost hamburger-sized! It’s pretty satisfying biting into one of these sandwiches, too. The filling sort of squishes out and the texture of the chewy cookie with the soft cream filling is heavenly!
Monster Cookie Double Doozies
- 4 1/2 cups 405g quick cooking oats
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups 410 g extra crunchy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup 113g unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup 200g granulated white sugar
- 1 cup packed 210g light brown sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup 170g semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup 170g M&M’s, plus more for decorating
Double Doozie Filling
- 1 pound confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter softened
- 1/2 cup 100g white vegetable shortening (such as Crisco), at room temperature
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons milk plus more if needed
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Cover two or more large cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, toss together the oats and baking soda. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the peanut butter and softened butter. Add the sugars and beat again. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat well. Pour in the oat mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and candy pieces.
- Scoop two tablespoons of dough per cookie and place on the prepared cookie sheets. Add a few extra M&Ms on top of the cookies before baking, if desired. (This makes them pretty.)
- Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies stand on the cookie sheets until firm, about 7 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let them cool completely.
Double Doozie Filling
- Combine the first four ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whip attachment. Beat until incorporated. Add the vanilla extract and mix again. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time with the mixer running on medium-low, until the mixture comes to piping consistency. Add more or less milk as needed.
- Find two similar shaped monster cookies and pipe a generous amount of filling on the flat side of one cookie, top with a second cookie. Repeat the process until you have approximately 12 sandwich cookies. Store the cookies in an airtight container.