There is too such a thing! Come on, put on a happy face, find that silver lining, and greet Monday with a smile – it can only make the rest of the week better, right?
Cookies help, of course. Yesterday I suddenly had a yen for Monster Cookies (okay, having bags of mini M&Ms, PB chips, and chocolate chips staring at me every time I opened the pantry door didn’t help (they were supposed to be add-ons for chocolate dipped pretzels at Christmas but it’s April, so I finally gave up on that…)) so I threw together a batch while Forrest was napping, finished cleaning the toilets (ok, fine, I still have the rest of the bathroom to clean but the toilets are done at least!), did some laundry, had lunch, and mopped (if you knew how much I hate mopping you would know this is a BIG DEAL, but now that Forrest is crawling I can see how darn dirty my floors are so I’ll be mopping more darnit).
This is a Pioneer Woman recipe – that woman is prolific! You can find anything on her site! These cookies go together quickly, even when you have to use your hand mixer because the paint is chipping off the paddle for the KitchenAid and you weren’t willing to risk enamel paint chips in the cookies…grrrrr. And they’re good but Matt thought there was too much salt. I like the salt, it both balances and enhances the piles of candy in there, but if you don’t like tasting the salt so much I would knock it down to 1 tsp (even less if you’re using table salt rather than Kosher, they aren’t equal!). I skipped the crispies and nuts since we didn’t have them, added white chips and upped the PB chips, and Matt wanted more oatmeal which I’ll do next time (and reduce the salt for his taste, of course). That’s the joy of Monster Cookies, right? To make them how you like them.
Even using an ice cream scoop you get a couple dozen biiig cookies from this recipe so I froze a bunch of dough for future use. I slightly overcooked this batch – I think 12 minutes would have been perfect – but they’re still good. And salty. And at what other time will I get to eat cookies with blue stuff in them? Besides, I need my strength and calories to keep up with crawling baby. That boy is getting faster. He roams around on his own if you let him, too, but boy does he want the cord on his swing, the metal basket by the fireplace, and the cupboard full of stereo components. One-track mind, that kid. He sure is fun.
Have a great week! See you tomorrow for another haiku. = )