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Monster Cookies

Every once in a while we deviate from healthy.  And…that is SO OK!!!  Everything in moderation, right??!

This is one of those times.  These cookies represent my childhood!  We made them every holiday season, and every season in between when we wanted to!! ;}

My only sadness is that when we made them as kids they were 1/2 inch thick, ginormous, basically it was a meal cookie!!  In my adulthood, I have yet to recreate the cookie of my youth.  I’ve asked my mom.  Was it my imagination?  NO!  They were absolutely thicker…

So…back to the drawing board.  BUT…the flavor is still the same.  YUM!!!Blog Monster Cookie-1 Blog Monster Cookie-2 Blog Monster Cookie-3What you need…

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 1 1/2 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 18 oz of Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 18 oz of Oatmeal
  • 16 oz of Chocolate Chips
  • 8 oz of Butterscotch Chips
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • Optional (we didn’t have either this time, so we didn’t add either) 1/4 Cup Coconut + 3 small bags of M&M’s

What to do…

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • In a really big bowl or Kitchenaid Mixer, cream butter and sugars
  • Blend in eggs and vanilla.
  • Blend in Peanut Butter and baking soda, and chips/M&M’s.
  • Slowly add in oatmeal.  If you are doing this in large bowl, make sure you have a REALLY strong spoon!  Many a wooden spoons have been broken in the making of these Monster Cookies!
  • Original recipe calls to drop 1/4 cups of batter on cookie sheet and bake for 13-14 minutes, or until the edges get a little brown.  Middle will still look uncooked, but they are super moist and chewy then-aka doughy 😉
  • Can also make the cookies smaller

Ok, truth be told.  I didn’t realize she was going to try and crack the egg.  It didn’t end well…

So….this recipe has one egg, somewhat cracked + an egg.  But, I turned my back for a minute, and she was so proud.Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-4 I mean…Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-5Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-6 Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-7Blog Monster Cookie Baking with Toddlers-8Who loves the dough of cookies even more than the actual cookies?  We sure do!!  I know everyone’s all scared of salmonella, but I grew up eating cookie dough, and I’m just fine.  I even remember they used to sell cookie dough cones at Mrs. Fields!!  Yup, I used to get them-SO GOOD 🙂  No chance they could do that now!
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Enjoy!dit-elle-Lauren

Non Candy Valentines with DIY Heart Glitter Cards

Daunted by the DIY Pinterest Valentine’s Day projects that you’ve been seeing??  Yeah, I feel ya.  We made play-do last year last year, and…we had a lot of fun!!  But…this year?  I didn’t have time!!  As most of you don’t!  If you do have time?  Totally make the play do!  It’s still in our fridge a year later, smells yummy, and we still play with it!  BUT…if you want something a tad bit easier…

You can still have your preschooler/kindergartner totally involved in Valentine’s Day projects even if they aren’t totally diy!  You can make them into a diy craft by involving them in the process!  I bought all my supplies from a Dollar Tree, spent less than $7, and involved Maya in every step of the way!  She helped pick out what we should buy (at $1 each, it was easy to say yes, but admittedly afterwards, I felt like we went overboard spending $7!)

Honestly, this would be a great idea for a birthday party parting bag (at least, I think so!).  At less than $1 per kid?!!?  Yet, lots of fun an useful things…score!Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-1Two years ago, we made DIY Glitter Hearts for Valentine’s Day.  I remembered them being so easy, and that she had so much fun doing them, so we decided to not recreate the wheel.  Isn’t that the best advice ever?!!  WHY RECREATE THE WHEEL??? This year, Maya wrote her name all by herself on the back of each card.  An upgrade + Kind of a milestone! Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-2I’m including links below to pretty much the exact same thing I bought for $1 each, but if you don’t have a Dollar Tree near you and want to put something similar together from Amazon…

What you need…

For the Valentine Bags

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OR…I found a pack on Amazon that was kind of similar to what I put together.

Online Pack

What to do…

  • Yes.  You could assemble all these together yourself, and just have your preschooler work on the cards, but I wanted Maya to have a little more ownership since we weren’t doing a DIY craft for the actual Valentine.  SO, we turned it into a craft
  • She laid out how many bags that were in her class and counted them out (there were 25 in the bag, so we had some left over).Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-3
  • Then she put one of each item into each bag.Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-4 Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-5 Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-6
  • The bags came with end ties, so I tied them together with the cards at the end 🙂

For the Heart Cards

  • Card stock paper/water color paper, or I used a cardboard insert that had come in clothes I’ve bought online/t-shirts I buy for the Huz.  Yes, I save everything just in case.  Yes, I was so excited to finally use some of my hoarded craft supplies! 😉
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Hole Punch
  • Large sheet of aluminum foil for easy clean up
  • Cookie sheet or empty box (to contain the glitter bomb and glue :))

What you do…

  • Since we were doing this for Valentine’s Day, I cut little hearts out. You could do circles, or just squares/rectangles if you wanted to make cards for a different occasion.
  • Put the “cards” on a lined cookie sheet/box and let your toddler drizzle glue all over them.Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-7
  • Then, while glue is still wet, have them go to town with the glitter!Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-8I shook all the excess of some cards onto others so that the glitter was evenly distributed. Blog Non Candy Preschool Valentine Bags DIY Glitter Heart Card-9
  • Once the glue is dry, punch a hole in the corner and tie to the bags.

Have Fun!!dit-elle-Lauren