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Kristina grew up in a small farming community in southwest Iowa. Today, she lives on five acres in the country while running her own consulting business in the city.  Her website,, features homemaking, gardening, travel, entertainment, business and technology tips. In the kitchen, Kristina bridges the recipes of her past to the new flavors and fashionable foods of today. In business, she combines a Midwest work ethic with trendy tech tools.  Join her each week for flashbacks and fast-forwards. To contact her, e-mail:

Kristina's Monster Cookies

Oct 04, 2012

If you have someone leaving the house with a lunchbox in their hand – this is the perfect cookie to add to the box.  Full of nutritious peanut butter and oats with pops of chocolate – perfection!

Just a couple things about this recipe.  I am one to try 20 different Monster Cookie recipes and then take one and try it twenty different ways.  The thing I know about this recipe is that you can’t mess with it.  You have to use quick cooking oats because if you substitute old fashioned oats they will turn out like rocks!  Second thing is that this recipe makes a lot – so be sure your kids invite their friends over.

Kristina’s Monster Cookies
½ stick butter
½ c peanut butter
½ c sugar
½ c brown sugar
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
2 ¼ c quick cooking oats
¼ c finely chopped peanuts (nut topping)
¼ c Mini Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips
½ c mini M&Ms
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butters, sugars and vanilla.  Add eggs and mix until combined.  Mix in remaining ingredients until combined.  Drop tablespoon full onto greased cookie sheet.  These do not spread when baking so if you like mounds leave them as they come off the spoon but if you prefer them a bit flatter after baking, then just press them down gently with the back of the spoon before putting them in the oven.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Remove from pan to cooling rack.  Store in airtight container for 3 days.  Click here to see the full post – no video this time but more photos - and also get a printer friendly version of this recipe.

In case you missed it click Skinny Macs – which is a healthy version of a Big Mac!  This post includes a video on how to make them and the detailed recipe.  Our Skinny Macs are being pinned all over Pinterest! 

Check out what you may have missed for recipes…..many include short videos and all have printer friendly versions of the recipes.
Easy Chicken Marsala      Taco Soup       Kristina’s Peanut Butter Cookies        Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Boy’s Beans      Kristina’s Tomato Gravy      Kristina’s Frozen Corn   Aunt Kathy’s Chocolate Cream Pie


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