A place for random bits of miscellaneous stuff. For now, that seems to be recipes. Don’t ask why, I have no idea. I’m just making stuff up as I go.

Monster Cookies

If you google “monster cookies” you’ll find dozens of recipes, each of them ever so slightly different from the next. My youngest sister gave me this version of the recipe (not sure where she got it) and this is how I make them. I’d post a picture, but they’re all gone.

Cream together:
1/2 c. butter, slightly softened (room temp)
1 c. white sugar
1 c. packed brown sugar

Blend in:
3 eggs, beaten
4 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. white corn syrup
1 & 1/3 c. peanut butter (I use creamy; chunky would work too, I assume)
2 tsp. baking soda

Stir in with a big spoon until your arm falls off (or until blended evenly):
4 & 1/2 c. oatmeal
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 c. plain M&Ms (milk or dark choc)
1/2 c. chopped pecans
[feel free to substitute peanut butter chips or butterscotch/heath chips or walnuts or dried fruit or whatever else sounds good]

Drop by large spoonfuls onto cookie sheet
BAKE: 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes
Makes 5 dozen cookies (depending on how big you make them)

This is the cookie most requested by all of my kids’ friends. Some of them have been known to come visit JUST to eat these cookies. Chewy and chocolaty and SO good. Plus they have peanut better, pretty sure that counts as protein. Also, no gluten. WIN!

Really, they’re practically health food. Just ignore all the butter and sugar and chocolate and cholesterol — reports of that stuff being bad for you are totally exaggerated.

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1 egg, beaten
1 cup sour cream
2 Tbsp flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (I use a bit more)
1/4 tsp salt

2-1/2 cups fresh blueberries
1 unbaked 9-inch pie crust
(you’re going to want to use a deep pie dish for this one)


3 Tbsp flour
3 Tbsp butter, softened (room temp)
3 Tbsp chopped pecans or walnuts

Combine first six ingredients, beat 5 min at medium speed of electric mixer or until smooth.

Fold in blueberries (with spatula). Don’t over-stir, you’ll damage berries.

Pour filling into pie crust (I’m assuming you know to put the crust IN the pie dish before this step).

BAKE at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Combine remaining ingredients (use pastry cutter to mix flour & butter, it will be a sort of crumbly texture, not smooth, then add nuts). Remove pie from oven, sprinkle this mixture over top, return to oven.

BAKE for 10 additional minutes (or so) until topping sort of melts.

CHILL before serving. (also, store leftovers in the fridge, not that there will be any)