It’s December 1st and that means Christmas! But who am I kidding, I’ve had my tree up for weeks (ha!). Each year I whip up a HUGE batch of cookie dough for Christmas cookies. I bake a few and freeze the remaining dough. Then use it up by making fresh batches of cookies as I need them throughout the month. It’s the BEST time-saving trick for the holiday season.
Plus, these monster cookies are a total crowd-pleaser and make great gifts for neighbors and co-workers! And they don’t contain any flour, so they can be made completely gluten-free.
But that’s not why I make them. The real reason: my grandma! It’s tradition. It’s nostalgia. These cookies are emotional for me. She used to make them every year. She’d fill ice-cream buckets full of these cookies (and other treats, too). I LOVED visiting her house during the holiday season just to snag a few treats!
Food is emotional. There is nothing wrong about that. It’s actually one of the reasons I think intuitive eating (and fighting diet culture) is so important to me. Food is a part of family, tradition, culture, and life.
These cookies are a family tradition, and I am determined to keep that tradition alive. I’d love for my son to associate these cookies with the holiday season and have memories of his mom making them each year, sharing them with friends, and setting them out for Santa on Christmas Eve.
One of the best outcomes of food freedom and intuitive eating is fully being able to enjoy your favorite foods and traditions. No guilt, no stress, just joy. And not feeling like you are out of control around certain (forbidden) foods. THE best part is enjoying these foods with your kids, encouraging them to see the tradition and joy in food, and making memories with them!
Get prepared for the biggest batch of cookie dough you’ll ever make. You’re going to need a HUGE bowl (like this one) an icecream scoop (like this one) and possibly some extra muscle power for these christmas monster cookies. Spouses and kids are good for that part!
And when I say these are monster cookies, I mean it! They are giant!
This recipe is a mix of oats, peanut, butter, chocolate, m&m’s and more. Basically, everyone’s favorites in one cookie. Great for parties, gifts, and even breakfast!
Big Batch Monster Cookies
- 1 dozen eggs
- 2 lbs brown sugar
- 4 cups white sugar
- 3 tbsp vanilla
- 8 tsp baking soda
- 1 lb butter
- 3 lbs creamy peanut butter
- 18 cups quick oats
- 1 lb chocolate chips
- 1 lb M&Ms candies
- Mix all ingredients in a very large bowl.
- Use ice cream scoop. Put 6 on a cookie sheet (ungreased). Flatten by hand.
- Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Makes about 9 dozen MONSTER cookies.
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