Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Butterscotch Pecan Monster Cookies


Yesterday it snowed just a tiny bit here. Snow is unusual around this area and not guaranteed to happen every winter and so, when we see even a few flakes start to fall, we get really excited. As we finished up breakfast, I could tell that the snow wasn't going to stick (so sad!) and so we headed out to finish our Christmas shopping, blasting Trans Siberian Orchestra along the way.

Now that our shopping is all done, homemade gifts are finished and packaged and the final plan for Christmas is in place, I feel like I'm really able to take a breath and really enjoy the rest of this week. Today the kids and I have just stayed home and we've been in our jammies pretty much all day.

We decided to make some Monster Butterscotch Pecan Cookies and since the recipe turned out to be a winner, I thought I'd share it. These cookies are huge and perfectly delicious. I'm sure that if you make cookies for Santa, he would just love these. After all, Santa does like huge cookies, right?

Butterscotch Pecan Monster Cookies
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oats
1 2/3 cups butterscotch chips
1 cup crushed pecans
Optional: white chocolate chips or vanilla almond bark for drizzling

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Cover baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl beat the butter, white sugar and brown sugar together. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating well.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until blended. Stir in the oats, the butterscotch chips and the chopped pecans. 

Roll dough into huge balls (think large meatball), place 3 balls of dough onto the baking sheet and then flatten out with your hand.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until the edges begin to brown. Cool for 2 minutes before moving to wire rack. 

Once cookies are completely cooled, drizzle with melted white chocolate or vanilla almond bark.
Makes 15 monster-sized cookies.
We wanted to make our cookies BIG so, we went with 3 cookies per cookie sheet. I rolled the dough into large balls and then flattened in out quite a bit before putting it in the oven. 
I hope you're having a great week and that you're enjoying every moment of this season. If you didn't catch my post yesterday about the Snowflakes for Sandy Hook, please go check it out. Making a few snowflakes only takes a couple of minutes and that's the least that we can do to show our love to that hurting community.

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Cooking with my little ones comes with messes, lots of extra messes. Most of the time, I feel like they're two steps ahead of me and I have to remember that they're only 2 and 3 years old and that they just want to be involved. Lately when we cook together, I have them help me count the scoops of ingredients that we're putting into the bowl. Sometimes I even use a smaller measuring cup so, that we need to count higher, to get the right amount.

Thankfully, I know my little "helpers" are normal and I'm not the only one with messy kids. I have yet to meet a Mom who claims her kids don't make messes and in a weird way, that makes me feel better.

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3 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I haven't been happy with my chocolate chip oatmeal cookie recipe, so I just might swipe this one and swap out with chocolate chips because Santa seems to enjoy chocolate chip oatmeal when he visits our house :)

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  2. OH these look so delicious! I could see 'Santa' really enjoying these this year :) Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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  3. oh my goodness, those are monster cookies!! so where do you live that you rarely get snow? we sometimes get a lot and sometimes get very little here in baltimore, but we get pretty darn excited whenever we do get some! :)

    Loved seeing this at the special link party supporting Sandy Hook last week. Hope you'll come to The Humble Brag link party today to see some features from last week and link up some more cool projects. We also give away FREE AD SPACE every week! Happy Friday!

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