Memories from my childhood. My Mother's aunt would make these cookies. They were so yummy. She would sell them at the local store. Her cookies were more than twice the size of mine. Her original recipe was HUGE. This is a half size version and yet it is still a very large batch of cookies. We were at my Mom's looking at recipes and someone asked why she never made these for us growing up. Upon reviewing the recipe we did not wonder anymore. We did not often have a full canister of oats, a pound of butter, a dozen eggs, not to mention large amounts of peanut butter plus M&M's were a rare treat growing up.
I made these cookies to share with the neighbors this holiday season and they are good as ever.
yields 6 dozen large cookies
preheat oven to 350
1 cup butter softened to room temperature
2 cups packed brown sugar
2 cups white sugar
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
3 cups peanut butter
6 large eggs lightly beaten
9 cups quick cooking rolled oats
a 16 ounce package of chocolate chips
about 16 ounces M&M's brand candy coated chocolate pieces.
Yes, this ingredient list is correct. There is no flour and there is a ton of oats.
In a large mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugars
Mix in the baking soda, vanilla, and eggs, beating well
Add the peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, and candy pieces mixing well to incorporate all.
Drop the dough by rounded Tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets placing about 2 inches apart and bake for 10 minutes. Do not overbake they should be lightly browned and still soft.