This recipe will make you one smart cookie

A few weeks ago, I was forced to do what I very rarely do: call in sick.

It took Joey reminding me that a speech teacher without a voice is probably fairly ineffective before I logged onto my computer and e-mailed off my substitute plans.

After I spent most of the day asleep on the couch with our schnauzer, Joey called me to see if I wanted anything before he came home from the office.

?Cookies.?

?You want cookies?? (The fact that he still questions me on things like this often reminds me that we really haven?t been married for all that long.)

?Don?t ask me why,? I croaked at him. ?I just want some cookies.?

Before you worry too much about my health, I also managed to get a nice, big bowl of soup in my system that day and drank plenty of orange juice and water. I?m not sure why cookies sounded so good, but to be honest, cookies always sound good.

Unfortunately, making a recipe that creates three to four dozen cookies doesn?t always sound so great, so I was excited (now that I?m well over my illness) to try a recipe for a single, gigantic cookie.

This recipe came from a blog called ?Sally?s Baking Addiction.? You can find the original at http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2013/06/04/one-giant-monster-mm-cookie/. I doubled the vanilla (and probably added a whole heck of a lot more chocolate chips, to be honest). My cookie ended up being about the same circumference as a large coffee can.

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One Giant Monster M&M Cookie

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed

2 tablespoons beaten egg (it?s approximately half of a large egg once beaten)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter

6 tablespoons flour

2 tablespoons quick oats

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup M&Ms

2 tablespoons milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Prepare a baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.

Beat together the butter and sugars until they are creamy.

Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.

Add the peanut butter, flour, quick oats, baking soda and salt and mix well.

Stir in the M&Ms.

Scoop the mixture out into a large, tall ball in the middle of the cookie sheet. It?ll be about the size of a small softball.

Press the chocolate chips into the top of the cookie.

Bake for about 20 minutes or until the edges are browned.

The middle may look a little soft. Leave the cookie on the baking sheet for another 10 to 20 minutes to let it finish setting up.

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If you suffer from ill-timed cookie cravings like I do, this is a recipe to keep at the front of your box?maybe on a neon notecard. Then, if you end up spending a day on the couch and all you want is a cookie to cheer you up, maybe someone can bake one for you, and you probably won?t even have to share it, which is a pretty good deal in my book.

When not helping husband Joey with newspaper work, Lindsey teaches speech, debate and forensics at Haven High School. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.