Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Decisions, Decisions...

They say that a healthy lifestyle is about choices ("they" being the Health and Fitness gurus of the world). I give you Exhibit A:

Remember the Animaniacs cartoons, and the "Good Idea, Bad Idea" segment? (Yeah, I know; that show was hilarious.) Zucchini=good idea. Cookie=bad idea.

But at this point we have to ask ourselves the inevitable question: who, in their right mind, would choose the zucchini, when the two are presented side-by-side like that? Oy.
Zucchini, to be fair, is a great vegetable. I like zucchini. A lot.

But let me introduce you to the Monster Cookie:

We're talking butter, brown sugar, peanut butter...

Oats, peanut-butter chips...

Yeah, I admit we're talking ZILCH nutritional value, unless you count a little bit of fiber from the oatmeal. But they're just...so...good.

Thus I posit to you, O Health-and-Fitness guru people, that a healthy lifestyle is not about choices, but about compromise.

My compromise? Voila!

Monster cookie + multivitamin. Yes! (And maybe zucchini for dinner?)

And, yes, I'll give you the recipe.

Monster Cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 cups creamy peanut butter
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups old-fashioned oats
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peanut butter chips or M&Ms

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream butter and sugars. Add peanut butter and next 3 ingredients; mix well.

In separate bowl, stir together oats, baking soda, and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture; stir to combine. Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter chips.

Drop heaping spoonfuls onto parchment-lined cookie sheet. Flatten slightly. Bake about 12 minutes, until edges are set. (Centers will still appear wet.) Cool on pan 2-3 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.


  1. This. Is. Awesome. It may be your best yet. The photos are totally what make the post!

  2. Yes, a multivitamin makes anything nutritious. It's science.

  3. what about zucchini cookies? those are nutritious right?

  4. I love how how three comments on your baking blog are from BOYS! Haha! Reading this makes me miss you and your unique sense of humor, but don't think I didn't remember that the original formula was cupcake + multivitamin = super breakfast ;-) Still makes me laugh.