Thank you for complimenting my flourless monster cookies

flourless monster cookiesTuesday was my friend and coworker Jackie’s birthday. Since my arrival at the company, she’s been so kind, welcoming and impressively thoughtful. We live close and carpool a couple days a week and always bake treats for each other’s birthdays. (Not to mention the unicorns.) For my birthday this year, she made me an exquisite FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE! From the first bite, I lost all interest in sharing it with others. It was glorious.

I find my birthday treat a bit ironic because she once helped me put together a flourless chocolate cake that ended up caving into mush. Don’t worry, I salvaged it into an extreme chocolate ganache pudding of sorts, but still. She clearly learned from my mistakes. I can also blame my stove as it runs cool.

This year, I asked her what treat she wanted, and she said: “Your legendary monster cookies would be great.” I was flattered! I make and share them so often that many of my coworkers have come to expect them. Her request was a surprise to me, as I assumed I made this particular cookie to satisfy my own tastes. I mean, I do, but I am also not easily convinced that others truly love them, despite their quick disappearance. We all know coworkers will eat just about anything you put out on any given day.

So her asking for my monster cookies made me feel legit and valuable … and food sure is emotional. After the last blood drive another coworker did ask for the recipe, so I should feel like my cookies are validated at this point, right? I posted a photo on Facebook of the cookies I made for Jackie and an ex-coworker said: “Is it weird that I still think of your cookies of awesomeness?” What? No, that’s not weird, that makes me feel like a cookie super hero!

And this is why I love food and cooking and baking. It brings people together. It makes vivid memories and requires thoughtful preparation.

So happy birthday, Jackie! And thank you to everyone who’s complimented my monster cookies. Your feedback is so valuable to me.

Flourless Monster Cookies

*Makes about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces of natural crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 cup (or as much will stick to the batter) dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seeds (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 4 ½ cups quick oats

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. In large mixing bowl or mixer, combine eggs and sugars.
  3. Add salt, vanilla, peanut butter and butter. Mix well.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips and flax seeds.
  5. In medium bowl combine oats and baking soda. Stir into batter mixture.
  6. Drop by tablespoons on cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes. Let stand 3 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool.