Cinnamon Maple Toffee Monster Cookies from bakeyourday.net

Hello, Monday.  I’m actually happy to see you.  Mostly because Wednesday will be “Friday” this week and then a four-day weekend is in order and that is something to celebrate.  I love a good long weekend.

While this last weekend wasn’t necessarily a long one; it was a great one.  Mostly because Paul and I checked out a local antique shop on Saturday with hopes of finding a buffet or hutch for our dining room and we found it.

hutch

It’s even better than I imagined and I literally cannot stop looking at it.  I think of all the rooms in our house, the dining room is my absolute favorite…even though we don’t yet have a dining room table it in!  We’ll get to that eventually.  I spent most of Saturday afternoon filling up the shelves and drawers of the new hutch and while doing so, was able to clean out all of my blog props and re-organize.  Which only means that now I am ready for some new pieces.  Don’t tell Paul!

This weekend also provided some time in the kitchen – some much needed time in the kitchen.  As you know, my travel schedule has greatly limited my kitchen time and I have greatly missed it.  So when this weekend arrived, I was ready with recipe ideas in hand and having made a recent “stock up” trip to Trader Joe’s, I was ready to take on my ideas.  I was actually afraid a couple of weeks ago that I wouldn’t be able to create many recipes for the holidays this year but I have a few up my slave to share.  Including these monster cookies.

Monster cookies with a new twist – maple, cinnamon chips and toffee.  I have this thing for toffee lately and it’s taking over most of the baked goods in my house.  And my love for cinnamon chips, you know, is major, so they are here too.  And not much is more comforting that maple, to me, anyway.  And the combination creates a warm, chewy, peanut buttery monster cookie perfect for winter.  I actually made these a couple of weekends ago, took the very large batch into the office the next day thinking that there was no way they would all be eaten and I definitely brought home an empty container that evening.  I think it’s safe to say they were a hit!

Cinnamon Maple Toffee Monster Cookies from bakeyourday.net

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Cinnamon Maple Toffee Monster Cookies

Yield: 3 dozen cookies

Total Time: 30 min

A winter-y, holiday twist on traditional monster cookies - still packed with peanut butter and oats, but now studded with maple, cinnamon and toffee bits - perfect for your holiday gatherings!

Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter
1 Tbs. maple extract
1 cup cinnamon chips
1 cup toffee bits

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper or Silpat liners.

In a large bowl, mix the oats, baking soda, salt, & cinnamon. Set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the white sugar, brown sugar and butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Add the peanut butter, and the maple extract and beat for an additional 3 minutes until combined and very smooth.

Add in the oats mixture and mix until fully incorporated, then add the cinnamon chips and toffee bits, mixing again until distributed.

Use a large cookie scoop (or 1/4 cup measuring cup) to scoop the dough onto the parchment paper or Silpat liners. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let the cookies cool for 1-2 minutes on the cookie sheets, and then transfer to wire racks to cool.

Adapted from Just A Taste

Cinnamon Maple Toffee Monster Cookies from bakeyourday.net