There’s a little cafe I sometimes go to that sells Colossal Cookies. I thought the cafe came up with that name, but apparently there really is a type of cookie that is officially called a Colossal Cookie! They’re typically made with oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips. And you’d never know it, but there’s no flour in these–just a little baking soda!
A friend and co-worker of mine, Rick, emailed me a recipe for these cookies and I also checked one out at Allrecipes–they were pretty similar. I made a few small changes in the amounts of oats and chocolate chips used, and they turned out really well! Some recipes say to flatten the cookies a little with a fork before baking–I tried baking these flattened and unflattened, and I like them unflattened better–they come out a little thicker and chewier.
The batter for these cookies is very thick and there’s a lot of it, so you’ll want to use your largest mixing bowl when you make these!
COLOSSAL COOKIES by NancyC, adapted from Allrecipes
Makes about 34 large cookies
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups chunky peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 5 3/4 cups quick cooking oats
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper; set aside.
In an extra-large bowl, cream butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla extract and peanut butter, mixing well. Mix in the baking soda, then add the oats and chocolate chips until well blended–you should end up with a thick dough). Drop 1/4 cupfuls of dough 3 to 4 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets (I baked 8 at a time on my cookie sheets). You can flatten the dough slightly with a fork if you want a cookie that’s a little flatter, wider, and more crispy, but if you like your cookies thick and chewy, don’t flatten! I didn’t flatten mine.
Bake at 350˚F for 15 to 17 minutes, until cookies just start to turn golden. Cool for a few minutes on cookie sheets, then place cookies on wire racks to cool completely.
I really love these oaty, chewy, chocolatey, peanut butter cookies! Have you ever made or heard of Colossal Cookies?
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