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Valentine’s Day Oatmeal Monster Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups creamy or chunky peanut butter
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 tablespoon milled flax seed
  • 4 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup M&M's plain or peanut butter chocolate candies Valentine's Day themed
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts optional

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the peanut butter, butter and sugars. Beat in the eggs. Add in the baking soda, wheat germ and milled flax seed and vanilla extract. Mix to combine.
  • Add in the quick cooking oats, chocolate chips and M&M candies and mix well.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes until golden brown, taking care not to over bake.
  • Let set 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store cookies in an airtight container or bag for up to 1 week.