Cookies are awfully easy to bake at home. However, we need a decent size oven with proper temperature control to get them baked just right. With my new Electrolux electric oven, baking cookies is a breeze now. I only need 20 minutes to bake a big batch of cookies. Gone were the times when I had to sit down the whole day because I have to bake the cookies in several batches as my microwave cum convection oven was rather small.
I get 32 large cookies in one batch. You may want to make your cookies smaller to get a crispier crunch. I purposely make the cookies big because my children like the chewy texture. Sometimes, they buy the huge cookie covered with Smarties from Coffee Beans (or is it Dome?) but the taste is not nice at all. The children are only attracted to the colourful Smarties on top. So, imagine how thrilled my little boy is, helping me to put the M&M Halloween edition chocolate on top of each cookies. He said, “Phew…(signs he is tired) mom, I am helping you to work, right?”
I got the recipe of Monster Cookie from Jamie Oliver’s forum, contributed by someone. However, I didn’t follow the recipe to the dot because I think it will be too sweet. So, here’s the modified recipe using cup as measurement. A cup is about 250 ml quantity.
1 cup light brown sugar (the same brand like castor sugar)
1/2 cup castor sugar
125 gram butter (just cut a block of 250 gram butter into two)
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tsp baking powder
4 heap tablespoon of peanut butter
1/2 cup M&M or chocolate chips
4 cups oats (the quick cooking type. I use 2 cups oats with two cups Nestum as I ran out of oats)
Heat oven to 160 – 180 degree celcius. If your oven is fan assisted, a lower temperature suffices.
Cream butter and the two types of sugar.
Add in vanilla essence.
Mix the baking powder with the oats and Nestum and add into the batter.
Add in the peanut butter and M&M. Keep a few M&M to decorate
By now, the batter has turned into dough. So, use fingertips to mix them well, making sure the glob of peanut butter is well blended with oats/Nestum mixture.
Spoon the cookie dough onto a baking tray. Use your fingers to smoothen the edges. Decorate with M&M on top.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes.
Remove and place on wire trays to so that the cookies cool down faster and remains crunchy.
My cookies are crispy on the outside and the middle part chewy. If you want crispier cookies, you can add some Emplex (sold by cake specialist store) to make them crunchy. However, I do not know what emplex is made from.
All my boys like the cookies, so I guess I do not have to buy any biscuits or cookies for a while. With all the melamine tainted news, including eggs, milk and god-knows-what other foods, it is cheap and safe to bake my own cookies. Â Moreover, I can get the kids to eat oats as they never like the bland gruel.