Archive for October, 2011

Pipe Dream #67: To Be A Jelly Belly Conoisseur – Monster Cookies

I have no idea why monster cookies are named monster cookies. I just googled it, and all I could find were Wikipedia articles about Cookie Monster. Shoulda seen that coming. In the article, it talks about how Cookie Monster’s first favorite cookies are chocolate chip, and his second favorites are oatmeal cookies. Monster cookies, then, should be his ultimate favorite, because they are a chocolate chip oatmeal cookie plus peanut butter and M & M’s. Ok.

For years, I ate the same monster cookie recipe and thought it was just so-so. I never really had a passion for them until I tasted Sweet Katrina’s recipe. She hath breathed new life into these cookies and my psychological perceptions of them. While the original recipe calls for a 1/2 pound of chocolate chips and a 1/2 pound of M&M’s, try making it 1/3 of a pound and adding in 1/3 of a pound of Andes mint pieces. It sounds weird, but trust me, it is nothing less than phenomenal. I was eating it, going, “Is that mint? No, it can’t be. But there is something subtle and different about these…” Turns out it was mint.

It kind of made me feel like a Jelly Belly mixer master. You know on the package where it says something like, “Eat one at a time, or combine flavors for a totally maxed out flavor explosion?” Or something like that? My sisters and I would come up with the weirdest stuff, like tangerine and toasted marshmallow and cinnamon. That is what monster cookies + Andes mint pieces are. Totally wild, but totally awesome.

Enjoying seven flavors all at once,


Monster Cookies

Adapted from Katrina’s recipe

Makes many, many cookies

6 eggs

2 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 cups white sugar

4 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 tablespoon white corn syrup

1/2 tablespoon vanilla

1 1/2 pounds peanut butter

1/2 pound butter

9 cups old fashioned oatmeal

1/2 pound M&Ms

1/2 pound chocolate chips

(If desired, substitute in 1/3 pound Andes mint pieces and reduce chocolate chips and M&M’s to 1/3 pound each.)

Cream the butter and sugars together before adding eggs.  Mix the remaining ingredients in order.  Drop by spoonfuls on cookie sheet, allowing room to spread.  Press down a bit with your hand.  Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.  Don’t over bake.

Favorite Shots: The Lake District

“But I don’t even know the way back to my own country,” pleaded Edmund.

“That’s easy,” answered the Queen. “Do you see that lamp?” She pointed with her wand and Edmund turned and saw the same lamp-post under which Lucy had met the Faun. “Straight on, beyond that, is the way to the World of Men. And now look the other way”- here she pointed in the opposite direction – “and tell me if you can see two little hills rising above the trees.”

“I think I can,” said Edmund.

“Well, my house is between those two hills. So next time you come you have only to find the lamp-post and look for those two hills and walk through the wood till you reach my house. But remember – you must bring the others with you. I might have to be very angry with you if you came alone.”

“I’ll do my best,” said Edmund.

-The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

I’m not promoting dragging people down with you into sin or listening to the directions of dubious characters, but this picture did remind me of the White Witch. I went to the Lake District. Somehow, reading C.S. Lewis books here is just that much more appropriate.


A Really Cute Idea: Deception

Ha, so deception is not such a cute idea. It is actually quite an annoying and ugly idea. But! Deception can be really charming sometimes. This was the case at this particular women and girls luncheon. The speaker before lunch had been speaking about can you guess? Deception. Hey-o!

We made these fun “floral arrangements” out of radishes. Delish.

This was probably the most effective part of the meal lie-wise. Hilarious to see the little girls picking up their glasses and trying to suck up the fake red drank. It was Jell-O.

We also made cake, which is the reason I decided that this post is relevant enough for my baking blog. You know, cuz I be so relevant. It was a two-layer meatloaf cake with mashed potato/sweet potato frosting and parsley sprinkles. Parsley sprinkles. Who woulda thought?

The cakes were almost easier to frost than a regular cake. After you soaked away the grease from the meat, the potatoes stuck to the sides, so we just had to mold it on and smooth it how we wanted it.

The table centerpieces were edible too. And bright. The centerpieces were bright. Bright = cute.

If you are planning a lie-themed party soon, this meal is perfect for you. I don’t know many people who hold lie-themed parties (kinda has to sit on the bench behind princess parties and ugly sweater parties), but one never knows. I write on the ahnternit now. Anybody could read this.

My nose is significantly longer than it used to be,


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