A few weeks ago, the girls and I went and watched a debate between the US Senate candidates here in Michigan. In the pre-primary days of big political races, the candidates are really accessible, crowds are small, and events are usually free so I try to take advantage of this and get out and meet the candidates early on.
After the event, there were huge M & M cookies displayed out on a coffee table for the debate crowd to enjoy. We grabbed one for my non-allergic kid to eat in the car on the way home, while my other daughter and I brainstormed on how to make a safe version…and this is what we came up with. They were a hit with the kids and the neighborhood puppy!Print
- 1 cup shortening
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup corn syrup
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups oatmeal
- 2 cups rice krispie cereal
- 1 cup coconut (I chop the heck out of mine in a food processor, my kids aren’t fans of coconut strands for some reason)
- 1 cup chocolate chips ( I use Divvies)
- 1/4 cup rainbow jimmies
- Preheat oven to 350.
- In the large bowl of a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the shortening, brown and white sugars together until fluffy.
- Add the corn syrup, water and vanilla. Beat well until fluffy again.
- Add the flour, soda, salt and oats and mix well.
- Carefully fold in the the rice krispies, coconut and chocolate chips by hand.
- Add the rainbow jimmies last. Mix these in carefully, because they can get easily crushed.
- Scoop dough on to a parchment lined baking sheet and bake until just browned on the tops. (2 Tablespoon-sized balls for mini-monster cookies, or 1/4 cup sized balled for mega-monster cookies. Flatten the big monster cookie dough balls a bit.)
- Bake 8-10 minutes for mini-monster, 13-15 for mega-monster. Makes 24 mini-monster cookies or 12 mega-monster cookies.
The kids LOVED these! Thanks!
We made these yesterday and they are so good. And so much fun too. Thanks! FYI- We skipped the coconut as I didn’t have any and I am not a fan and my recipe still made 18 large size, 1/4 cup scoops. Timing was perfect.
Can you do these without the corn syrup?
Sure, give it a go! The reason I add a little corn syrup to my cookie recipes is that is keeps them soft and chewy. You could just add some extra water if the dough seems too stiff. I’m betting that agave syrup would work fine too.
I am so thankful for finding your site. My son also has milk, egg, and nut allergies. I will be trying some of these awesome recipes! Thank you!!