Chocolate Monster Cookies1/2 c. + 3 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 c. peanut butter
1/2 c. cocoa powder
1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
2 c. gluten-free old fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1 c. quinoa flakes
2 c. brown rice cereal
1 c. Valentine M&M's
1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
1/2 c. white chocolate chips
Cream together peanut butter and butter.
With mixer on lowest setting, add oatmeal, quinoa, and rice cereal. Mix until all are well distributed. Stir in candies and chips by hand.
Use a 1 oz. disher to place generous ~2 Tbsp portions of dough on each cookie sheet. Bake for about 12 minutes, or until set. Allow to cool on cookie sheet 2-3 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
A few notes:
1. Not all people who are on a gluten-free diet can tolerate oats, even if they're gluten-free oats. Check with your doctor if you're unsure.
2. If you want, you can use 3 oz. of melted unsweetened baking cocoa instead of the cocoa powder. Just reduce the butter to 1/2 c. and add the melted, cooled chocolate to the peanut butter/butter/sugar mixture.
3. I know, peanut butter has plenty of salt. But I use unsalted butter, and I found that with the chocolate these needed just a bit more salt to avoid tasting "flat."
Happy Valentine's Day!
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