I was baking cookies, following my old standard Monster Cookie recipe. The recipe said 1 pound of peanut butter. I grabbed a small peanut butter jar out of the pantry that I bought just for the occasion and realized…UGH. There was only 15 ounces in the jar….I needed 16 ounces.
I grabbed the bag of chocolate chips…nope, it’s not 12 ounces anymore…it’s 11.5 ounces. On the packaging there is still a measuring cup with the number 2 on it indicating two cups worth but in small print above the number it now says “approximately”.
I had heard that manufacturers were “cheating” us by putting less in the containers we buy…but I didn’t realize how that may affect my recipes. Many of the recipes we all use were developed with standard container sizes in mind. I cook and bake by habit….I use the same brands most of the time. Are our recipes going to turn out if we just grab the same old container we always have thinking it holds the same size it always did? When shopping I think “monster cookies”. I grab the container knowing I need a small jar…not realizing I need 16 ounces. It was just a fluke that I happened to look at the label on the peanut butter container. This is going to have me thinking and reading labels a bit more carefully.
I am guessing that you’d the recipe for the Monster Cookies….Here goes…
1 1/2 sticks margarine
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
16 ounces peanut butter
2 1/2 t soda
1/4 cup flour
4 1/2 cups quick oatmeal
1/2 lb M&Ms
12 ounces chocolate chips
Mix to make a stiff dough. Form into large walnut sized balls. Roll in powdered sugar. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Don’t over bake.