DIY Food

Messy Monster Cookies | Recipe

“Sometimes me think, ‘What is a friend?’ and then me say ‘ friend is someone to share the last cookie with.'”~ Cookie Monster

Whenever I hear of Cookie Monster, or someone eating Monster Cookies, I think of my dad.   When we were younger, some of our friends would always call him the Cookie Monster.   Such a simple memory, but sometimes those are the ones that stick  for me and make me smile the most.

This is the recipe I wanted to make yesterday, but realized I was missing peanut butter, so I decided to make Sloppy Joes instead.   I’m happy to say today, that I have peanut butter! Yay!  (Really who runs out of peanut butter?  I was disappointed in myself that I didn’t have a stock pile of it,  I really love peanut butter!)

This is a recipe that I kind of threw together after trying out several other monster cookie recipes over the past few years.   As always with any DIY project or recipe I share, feel free to change things up, and make this recipe your own, for how you see fit for your life and taste.

I was just going to give these cookies the simple title of Monster Cookies, but my daughter tasted them and some of her m&m’s fell out, and she said ‘Mommy these are messy monster cookies!  Let’s name them that!’   When I replied,’  Oh sweetie, I think it’s you that’s the messy monster!”      When I cook, this is usually what I’m working around in the kitchen…isn’t  my little messy monster sweet? ;

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I think the name Messy Monster Cookies  fits the cookies well, after all, doesn’t messy food taste so much better?!

Below you will find an ingredient list, along with directions on how to make Messy Monster Cookies!

monster cookie recipe

Ingredients;

– 1/2 cup salted butter – softened
-1/4 cup light brown sugar
-1/2 cup sugar
-1 large egg
-3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 cup quick oats
-3/4 cup M&Ms

-1/2 cup chocolate chips
-2 oz (medium snack sized boxes) of raisins

Directions;

1.) Preheat over to 350 degrees.

2.) Line your baking sheet with silicone baking mat (if you have one) or parchment paper.

3.) In a large bowl, blend together butter, brown sugar & white sugar.   [ I always loved this part as a child, I thought it was so cool how the brown sugar kept the shape of moms measuring cup ]Monster cookie recipe

4.) Mix in the peanut butter, egg & vanilla.

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5.) Mix in baking soda and flour, slowly.   Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to catch any powder or ingredients that may have stuck to the bowl.

6.) Fold in M&Ms , chocolate chips, and quick oats.

monster cookie recipe

monser cookie recipe

monster cookie recipe

When the dough is all mixed together, it should look a little something like this;

monster cookie recipe

6.)  Roll dough into (approx) 2 tbs. round balls and place onto cookie sheet.  Place 3-4 M&Ms on top of each ball of dough.

monster cookie recipe

7.)  Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.    If desired you can push down softly on cookies with the bottom of a measuring cup, once out of the oven to spread them out and make them a little bigger.   Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for at least 10 minutes, then carefully remove them with a spatula and enjoy!

monster cookie recipe

monster cookie recipe

monster cookie recipe

If you have little monsters in your house like I do, you can make a batch of bite sized monster cookies just for them!

monster cookie recipe

Well my cookie monsters big and small out there, that’s all there is to this easy Messy Monster Cookie recipe!  I hope you had fun baking them and don’t forget to share your last cookie with a friend!
~Kelly

DIY Food

Simple Sloppy Joes | Recipe

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”  ~ Julia Child

I love food & I love cooking. I guess that’s good they both go so well together.   Today is another beautiful winter day here in Wisconsin!  I really love winter on days like today.  With the snow blowing and coming down heavily outside, I thought it would be a great day to do some cooking and share one of my recipes with you, all while watching the beautiful snow fall out my windows!

I have always used The Pioneer Womans Sloppy Joe recipe, but since I don’t own a ranch with lots of men to feed 😉 I simplified her recipe a little bit.  I cut it down in size and also cut out some ingredients, making the recipe my own.   This is they beauty of any thing DIY is that you can be inspired by someone else, but then take it and make it yours.

Below you will find step by step directions on how to make Simple Sloppy Joes, enjoy!

Sloppy Joes Recipe

Ingredients;

As with all ingredients, taste as you go along, if you feel you like it a little spicier, add more chili powder, if you like less crunch, add less pepper and onion.  The joy in cooking is all about tasting and changing up the recipe as you go!  Have fun with it!

– 1 pound of ground beef

-1 green pepper

-1 small onion

To taste;
-Worcestershire sauce

-Chili powder

-Garlic salt with parsley

-Salt & Pepper

-Dash of Lawry’s seasoned salt

-1 tablespoon of brown sugar

-3/4 cup of ketchup

-1/2 cup of water

-Sour dough Kaiser buns

-butter

Directions;

1.) Brown the ground beef in a large pan over medium heat.

2.)  Slice pepper and onion .

Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy Joes Recipe

3.) Drain off fat from ground beef.

4.)  Add green pepper and onion to ground beef.

Sloppy Joes Recipe

I do not recommend throwing your peppers onto your stove however.  They must go INTO the ground beef.  haha

Sloppy Joes Recipe

5.) Stir together, add garlic salt (or minced garlic) & Ketchup.

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6.) Add 1/2 cup of water & stir.

7.)  Add brown sugar, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper all to taste, and a dash of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt & stir.

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8.) Cover and let simmer for 15 minutes.

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9.)  While your sloppy joe mixture is simmering, take the kaiser buns, butter all sides, and brown them in a pan over low heat.

Sloppy Joes Recipe

10.)  Dish up and serve to your happy & hungry family!

Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy Joes Recipe

Bonus Recipe;
Cooked Broccoli

Take a nice head of broccoli &  cut it up

Broccoli recipe

Place the broccoli  into a ziploc bag.  sprinkle in 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, a dash of salt, pepper and Lawrys Seasoned salt.  Place on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees  & enjoy!

broccoli recipe

Thanks so much for reading todays recipe!   I hope you take time to cook for your friends and family , and can enjoy it as much as I do!
~Kelly