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Published June 17, 2012, 11:30 PM

Favorite Things: Our favorite cookie recipes

FARGO – My husband and daughter started making monster cookies together a few years ago.

By: Tracy Frank, INFORUM

FARGO – My husband and daughter started making monster cookies together a few years ago.

I don’t know where the original recipe come from, but they’ve added a few ingredients since then that have turned their recipe for monster cookies into one of my favorite cookie recipes.

They’re delicious, being filled with many of our favorite ingredients, and versatile, since the M&Ms can be changed to fit any holiday.

Tracy’s Favorite Monster Cookies

3 eggs

1¼ cups packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 12-ounce jar of creamy or chunky peanut butter (whichever you prefer)

1 stick of butter – softened

½ bag milk chocolate chips

½ bag white chocolate chips

1 large bag M&Ms

2 teaspoons baking soda

5 cups quick-cooking oatmeal

(not instant)

4 ounces honey

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats.

In a very large mixing bowl, combine eggs, granulated sugar and brown sugar. Mix well.

Add salt, vanilla, peanut butter and butter. Mix well.

Stir in the chocolate chips, M&Ms, baking soda and oatmeal.

Drop by tablespoons two inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for eight to 10 minutes. Let stand for three minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.

Heidi’s Favorite Hearty Oatmeal Cookies

1 cup butter - softened

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup molasses

2 eggs - slightly beaten

½ cup cold coffee - dissolve 1 teaspoon baking soda into this

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups oatmeal

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup slivered almonds or chopped pecans

½ cup raisins

½ cup milk chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine well - butter, molasses, brown sugar, eggs, coffee (with dissolved soda).

Add flour, cinnamon, oatmeal and salt and mix well.

Add nuts, raisins and chocolate chips.

Drop by tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets and bake 14 minutes.

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