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Want to switch up your movie night? Nothing is better than a warm skillet cookie–especially a peanut butter oatmeal MONSTER cookie!
As you already know, in our house, we love our family nights. With busy schedules, school and extracurricular activities, by the end of the week we are zombies. Having a moment to unwind together with some snacks and a family friendly movie is everything. I hope that this tradition will continue as the girls get older, too! Instead of blowing at least $50 at the movie theater, we like to pick up new releases at the store to save money.
This week we headed to Walmart to pick up Hotel Transylvania 2. In the fall we saw the first movie and couldn’t wait to see the sequel. I honestly can’t believe how much I laugh at these movies…maybe even more than the kiddos. I’ve been an Adam Sandler fan for ages and he’s perfect as the father in these movies!
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For our special treat, I wanted to make Monster Cookies which go with the theme of the movie. Get it? Vampires…monster cookies? I’m so clever, right? If you’ve never had them, Monster Cookies are stuffed with everything you can think of: oatmeal, peanut butter, M&M’S® Chocolate Candies and now POPCORN. I’ve been eyeing popcorn cookies for a few months now and this was the perfect opportunity to try. By adding the buttery Orville Redenbacher popcorn into the cookie batter, it adds a little salt and crunch–perfect for a movie night!
Skillet cookies have been our go-to lately. Instead of taking time to bake the dough into cookies, I just throw everything in a cast iron skillet and into the oven. TIP: Be sure to spray the pan before hand AND melt a little butter in it. I have found it creates a nice crust on the cookie and provides a non-stick surface. If you’re into individual cookies, you can use the same recipe, just scoop them into larger than normal balls of dough. The cooking time would be cut, also.
- 1/2 cup butter , softened, plus 1 tablespoon set aside
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup peanut butter OR almond butter
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup Milk Chocolate M&M’S® Chocolate Candies
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 cups popped Orville Redenbacher popcorn
Preheat oven to 350º
In a small bowl, combine flour, oats and baking soda. Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, add butter and sugars. Mix until creamy, about 2 minutes.
Add vanilla, egg and peanut butter. Mix until blended together.
Slowly pour in the dry ingredients bowl.
Fold in M&MS, chocolate chips. Finally fold in popcorn. It will be hard to mix!
Spray cast iron skillet with cooking spray, then melt 1 tablespoon butter over low heat. Turn off heat after melted.
Add dough to skillet, pressing into corners.
Bake 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
Recipe adapted from Sally's Baking Addiction.
To make into regular cookies, keep the recipe the same, but cut the cooking time to around 9-11 minutes. Scoop the dough into larger than average balls.
Have you tried a skillet cookie before? What’s your favorite way to kick back with your family? Be sure to check out this awesome #MakeItAMovieNight deal before it’s over.