Twilight and Monster Cookies


Vampire movies and frightfully delicious Monster Cookies? It's Thanksgiving - not Halloween. What the dickens is going on here?!
Don't worry; I'll have more Thanksgiving stuff for you later this week. (PS - you know what's really scary? How behind I am on reading blogs. Wha hahaha.)

I went to see the midnight showing of Twilight, on Thursday, with my sister and her friend. We arrived 2 hours in advance, but still ended up getting crappy seats. I had to sit alone for a while, until we could find seats together.
There's nothing like sitting alone at a movie. I think it made me a stronger person.

I read Twilight and liked it, because it immediately sucked me in when I started reading it, and I love when a book does that. I wouldn't consider Twilight a classic piece of literature, but it's a fun read.

I didn't have high expectations going into the movie, and I'm glad I didn't, because it sucked.

Yeah, I said it. Go ahead and argue with me if you want.

It felt rushed, cheaply made, and the acting was NOT good. I suppose the leads did okay, but the others, well... yeah. Bad.

I found myself hysterically laughing all throughout the movie at parts that weren't necessarily supposed to be funny. (Old timey scenes with hats... Tree leaping... Edward's sparkling skin... Bella's slightly ajar mouth in EVERY scene...)

The way I imagined everything while I was reading the book was so much different than the movie. The movie wasn't as good as my imagination. And for that, I have to thank LeVar Burton.



But I'm guessing you didn't come here today to read about Twilight. You're here for Monster Cookies.



Yes, they are frightfully delicious, like I mentioned earlier. What a spooky time I had when I passed these out at the cookie swap. I think these were perfect cookies for a cookie exchange, and everyone seemed to like them.

If you don't know already, monster cookies are big peanut butter oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and M&M's in them.

Yeah. They taste as good as they sound.

Monster Cookies For a Crowd

Ingredients:
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups creamy peanut butter
2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon corn syrup
4 large eggs
2 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips
2 cups M&M's

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter cookie sheets.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking soda and salt. Whisk in oats until combined.

In a VERY large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, peanut butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar, until creamy, about 2-3 minutes. Beat in vanilla, corn syrup and eggs, until well combined, about 2 minutes. Beat in flour-oat mixture until combined. Beat in chocolate chips and M&M's until well combined.

At this point, I chilled my dough, but I don't think it was necessary. I probably chilled it for 20 minutes in the freezer.

Measure out dough into equal, round balls, and place on prepared sheet pan, spacing fairly far apart (they spread quite a bit). Flatten balls using the palms of your hand, or the bottom of a drinking glass. Use 1/4 cup measure for big cookies. Bake at 350 degrees F, for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and set. Cool for 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Makes a ton of cookies.
Let's say 5 dozen


51 comments:

  1. I love monster cookies....big taste and easy to make!

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  2. You should watch true Blood on HBO. A much better option and more adult! Great cookies Em...once again your baking skills shine through!

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  3. I could care less about Twilight, but do tell about the cookie swap. Did you score? I'm having mine on Sunday, wish you could show up with five dozen of these.

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  4. Hola Emiline! Finally I'm back from Budapest and can visit your blogs :D

    Concerning Twilight, my daughter is reading it and she just LOVES it!!!! She immediately fell in love with the (don't remember the name. The main character). And she has made me promise that we'll go and see the movie... what should we do now?

    Concerning the cookies... Where could I find Peanut butter here? I'm imagining the flavour it gives them... delicious :D

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  5. Looks good! I liked Twilight too! It was an easy and fun read. Haven't seen the movie and considering the great reviews i've been getting I might hold off on that one! :)

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  6. yum :) i've never gotten into the twilight books, and haven't seen the movie. nick wants to. have you seen true blood on hbo? i'm just recently getting into it. anyway, i should go to work. hope your day is going well :)

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  7. I couldn't agree more with you sister about the movie, how sad was that. I laughed alot too. The leads did great, the others, not so well! I loved the book and lowered my expectations for the movie and they were met. It was rushed and cheaply made, the tree monkey climbing thing was very funny and poorly handled.

    Love the cookies, they make a whole lot, I will try these! These are simple for my simple mind!

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  8. loved this post. as always, it made me laugh.
    i too laughed out loud quite a bit during twilight - and my sister had to use her left elbow on me more than a few times (just a little bruised) but yes - it was laughable. but it was also so much fun to get caught up in something so silly and ridiculous! the teennagers screaming when edward came on the screen - oh the drama. :) i love the way these cookies look!! fabulous! i'm so trying them. thanks!!

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  9. Great review of the movie! That has pretty much what I've heard from those I know who have seen it. Oh well...good books though.

    These monster cookies look fabulous! I'm printing out that recipe right now and I plan to make the very soon. :)

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  10. Those cookies look really good. I've always wanted to make cookies with M&Ms, but I just never do.

    Lol, you would have had to get there many hours early, from all the reports I've been hearing. I didn't go, but I saw just one clip and I could sort of tell it wouldn't be the best movie in the world. Do you remember the movie The Waitress? I didn't see that in theaters, which was a good thing: I laughed hysterically because there were parts that reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite, and the parts weren't really funny. =D

    LeVar Burton rules.

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  11. I love monster cookies! Those look wicked good. Heh, glad I wasn't looking forward to Twilight. The newest Indiana Jones movie was enough disappointment...

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  12. I agree with you 100Z% that Twilight felt cheaply made. I heard there is going to be a sequel - with all the money they're making off of this one, the second one had better be an improvement!

    PS - your pumpkin pie in your last post looks SO AMAZING. I wish I was in charge of desserts for Thanksgiving!

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  13. I don't get what the hype is about that movie. Doesn't sound appealing to me. But these cookies do. Very pretty :)

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  14. So Twilight wasn't too good... well that's ok. I can't actually think of a Vampire movie I've actually really liked. That's kinda too bad.

    Really dig these monster cookies though. I saw 6 cups of oats and went 'Say what?'. Guess it's for a monstrous amount of hunger :)

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  15. DUDE - I am so with you on Twilight. I liked it more than I thought I would (I went in with the lowest of expectations), but his makeup alone was enough to distract me from the rest of the movie. What was up with the orange lipstick?! Also, weren't the rest of the vampires supposed to be attractive? They just looked like regular kids to me, maybe a little paler, like they were playing too many video games. Plus, I brought the average age in the theater up by at least 10-20 years... but that's another story.

    Meanwhile, your cookies look fabulous, as always!

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  16. I love the cookies, anything with candy added is good stuff, and I sort of agree with your Twilight review. Overall, I liked the movie, but some of the scenes were a bit cheesey and the girl who played Alice was terrible! Alice is my favorite from the series and this actress ruined it for me!

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  17. My kids will love these. 2 hours early? Good thing I'm waiting to see it because I would've gone through way too much candy and popcorn.

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  18. You could get those cute little red and green m&m's and these would be perfect for the holidays! Sorry the movie stunk. The books are always better - except for maybe Lord of the Rings. :)

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  19. What a name for a cookie! They look lovely. There's an Award for you on my blog.

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  20. m&ms and chocolate chips. holy crow. I has hoping you were going to slip something really scary in there, but i imagine your cookie swappees were happy you did not. they look awesome.

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  21. Good thing you told me about that cause all I heard was everyone got tickets for show and were so excited about it. I heard it was sold out too!

    Those cookies on the other hand are designed to be in my tummy!

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  22. Thanks for the honest review about Twilight. Thanks for the delicious looking cookies.

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  23. I needed a treat to send with my husband and I think you just supplied what I was looking for!

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  24. Girl have you not learned your lesson by now? Wait til it comes out on DVD, you get to pause it it plus there are always extras that the original movie leaves out.

    Those cookies are something I could easily sink my teeth into. Glad you didn't ruin them by adding raisins.

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  25. I feel so old. I had never even heard of Twilight until about a month ago.

    If you dyed those blue, they would be Cookie Monster Cookies!

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  26. I don t care about twilight, heard alot about it already and i hate vampires, but I care alot about these cookies. they looks amazingly delicious :)

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  27. Good to know I'm not missing anything by not jumping on the "Twilight obsession" bandwagon then ;-)

    MUST. HAVE. THOSE. COOKIES.

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  28. I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have read the books and liked them. Sometimes the movies never live up to the books!!
    Anyways, the cookies look amazing! I love everything in them, especially the M and M's. They are my weakness!!

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  29. Love the monster cookies. I'm pretty over Twilight. I have issues with Stephanie Meyer. As a writer who whines about wanting to be published, hearing a writer bitch about her fan mail and the attention she gets in EVERY interview makes one REALLY not like her.

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  30. ugh, i'm so discouraged by the reviews the movie has been getting-all my girlfriends have said it's terrible too! i'm reading the second book now and i'm almost wondering if i should bother going to see it. what a disappointment :( your monster cookies look like the perfect cure-all though ;)

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  31. You may ply me with cookies and LeVar, but I knew the movie would suck because nothing is ever as good as the book.

    I loved Reading Rainbow. LOVED.

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  32. I haven't read Twighlite, but I love Reading Rainbow, and going to the movies by myself. And oh yes, I have these cookies bookmarked and will be making them. They sound amazing!

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  33. Thanks everyone. Sorry I've been absent lately.

    Debbie, yep!

    Peter, I'm going to try watching it. It sounds really good.

    Aimee, I wish I could come to your cookie swap!

    Nuria, go see it. I'm sure the teenagers probably enjoyed the movie.

    Ginny, it's up to you!

    Heather, I'm going to watch it, I think.

    Lisa, the tree-climbing was so weird...

    MM, yeah, I actually had fun because I laughed so much.

    Sara, hey you might like the movie more than me. I pretty much hate everything.

    Christina, M&M cookies are SO good. Thanks for pointing out the correct spelling of LeVar. I screwed that up.

    Bob, thanks!

    Maris, hopefully...
    Thanks!!

    Lori, thank you!

    Adam, this recipe makes a TON of cookies.

    Cookiepie, I felt the same way. I felt old. His lipstick bothered me too.

    Ms. Ashley, yeah, the girl who played Alice did a crappy job.

    Lisa, I was so good. I didn't eat any buttery popcorn. I wanted to though.

    Culinarywannabe, you're right!

    Ivy, thanks!

    Alexandra, thank you!

    Val, not worth your money.

    Brindi, you're welcome!

    Katie, hope you like them.

    CDM, I like raisins....

    Rachel, don't feel old.

    Snooky, vampires are cool.

    Veggiegirl, well, you should at least read one of the books.

    Maria, the M&M's are scrumptious.

    Blonde Duck, I don't blame you.

    Megan, New Moon sucks until the very end.

    Heather, yesss.

    Mary, hope you like them.

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  34. i haven't been sucked into the craze, and i don't intend to be. i'm still resisting harry potter and i'm very proud of that fact. :)
    meanwhile, awesome cookies--nothing monstrous about em.

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  35. Love the Reading Rainbow clip--one of my all time faves!
    I've found, too, that most movies just can't live up to what you imagine a book to be unfortunately.
    At least you've got some yummy cookies that definitely live up to the hype!

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  36. That cookie looks so darned delicious that I'm forgiving you for liking Twilight. =D

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  37. wow... i think my kids will love these... :)

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  38. i haven't seen twilight yet because a few of my friends saw it and hated it, too. i'm gonna wait and see it at the cheapies- they're only a buck so i won't be wasting too much money. haha

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  39. I love your monster cookies Em- at least you get more than one bite heehee the greed coming out in me here.....blush...

    Rosie x

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  40. REALLY great cookies - really great!

    -DTW
    www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

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  41. Movies are seldom as good as reading a book, and rarely live up to their hype.

    Your monster cookies look fab though, so at least all was not lost.

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  42. I hate it when something I like, a book for example is made into a movie and totally disappoints. I hate having it mess up my imagination too :)

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  43. I come by for the great company but monster cookies never hurt. :)

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  44. That's hilarious. I have not read the books yet, but I went with two friends that did and all three of us ended up giggling uncontrollably throughout almost the whole thing. At the end, in the gazebo scene I remember whispering to my friend that if they start floating like in Casper, I'm walking out. BTW, the cookies look delicious :)

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  45. I'm so behing reading blogs too, it's not even funny! I really can't comment on the Twilight, cause that fever hasn't arrived here yet. But the moster cookies look just perfect for the cookie monster I am! Happy a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  46. Well, I guess I'll read Twilight instead of going to it. That will save me some bucks -- movies are so expensive now!

    The cookies look great!

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  47. So interesting to hear your take on the Twilight books and movie! I haven't seen it yet, but am looking forward to getting a good laugh out of it, at least.

    Yum. Monster cookies.

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  48. Roger that with the cheesy-ness. I think I couldn't handle that they wore baseball uniforms when they played baseball. Come on! So silly. And the way Bella's hair blew in the wind from the fan when she walked into the classroom? Velveeta cheesy.

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  49. Monster cookies - yum. Mom made them every time we went camping - she said they were called monster cookies because they had everything cookie-possible in them. Hers had nuts, coconut, raisins, and butterscotch chips in them too.

    The best thing abut them was when they got a little dry and stale. then you crumbled them up with milk: kid-favorite granola!

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  50. Thanks for this wonderful and HUGE recipe! We used it for cookies we sent a friend's cousin and his troop in Iraq. They all raved about your cookies by the way :)

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