Behold the Cookie Monster

I think I may be a little blue. I’m not talking “seasonal depression.” I’m talking actually BLUE!! Don’t believe me? Well, I just took this picture of myself a couple of minutes ago…

See, it’s true! I have actually morphed into the blue furry state of an authentic cookie monster!

Since the cookie exchange/shower on Sunday, I have incorporated cookies into every meal I’ve eaten, including breakfast!

Tuesday’s Chocolatey Oats with Peanut Butter Cookie Crumble

Wednesday’s Vanilla Bean Oats with PB Cookie Crumble

Want to know what “Peanut Butter Cookie Crumble” is? That, my friends would be my first attempt at making Mama Pea’s Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls!

Notice the first step in the instructions? Let me reemphasize: “Using a stand mixer, beat margarine, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla until fully incorporated.”

Sadly, I have no fancy smancy stand mixer that the rest of the world seems to have and am forced to make cookies with a small and somewhat inept electric hand mixer. Are you paying attention, Santa?! Let me forewarn you right now, if you are not the proud owner of one of these sexy little things,

prepare to morph into a hue of your own…

I’m just sayin!

I mixed and mixed and MIXED until I had some serious “Hulk arm” going on, but the dough just wasn’t turning into the creamy consistency like Mama Pea had pictured. So I gave up…well, not completely. I really REALLY hate wasting food…so I spread it out and patted it down into a baking dish and attempted to make dough bars instead.

All was looking good until I tried to “cut” one out!

That’s when I thought…FAIL!

Until I took a bite! Yeah, I had this spoonful x …well, we won’t go there! 😉

I decided to try it on oats the next morning so I didn’t feel so guilty about attacking a large baking dish with a spoon, especially at 6AM! The crumbles melted into the warmth of the oats and created a smooth doughy texture that I swirled around my bowl in utter bliss. Best darn cookie fail I’ve ever had!

But of course I, being the perfectionist that I am, could not stop at fabulous cookie dough crumbles. I had to have the real thing! I had to have balls! (TWSS)

After about one hour and one wickedly sore arm, I turned these babies out!

Perfection!

I will tell you they are not quite what I imagined they would be. The consistency is more of a flaky, crumbly cookie instead of a gooey mound of dough. But believe me, it hasn’t stopped me from continually “taste-testing” to uh, get a well rounded review! 😉

This morning, hippie-roons, dough balls, and the rest of the “loot” from the cookie exchange were packed up and taken to the hospital to feed the masses (aka my co-workers) and after some bribery kind offering, I took home two empty containers!

Yeah, sure part of me was like, “No, no, no, they’re mine!” *insert crazy hobbit eyes*   “My precious!” but c’mon now, Christmas pictures are coming up and I really have to do something about this sudden change in my complexion!

 

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