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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Maple Oatmeal No Bake Cookies


 There is just something special about it. 

Not having grown up in New England, I was sadly missing this experience in my life until I moved up here last year.  The south has Ribbon Cane Syrup which is fantastic in its own right.  I love it mixed with soft butter and spread on a biscuit; but, maple syrup is just amazing.

When Ben's Sugar Shack announced on their Facebook page that they were holding a contest for recipes using their maple syrup, I was on it.  That is what you do when you are a blogger, right?  

My Spicy Maple Dijon Vinaigrette that I told you about here was a winning entry for a pint of their delicious syrup.  I received my pint of Grade B (my choice) of syrup last week and started thinking about what I would make with it next.   I originally thought that I would make a version of the White Bean Blondies that I made here using maple syrup and walnuts instead of chocolate chips.  I just couldn't seem to get the beans soaked with everything going on lately so that idea hasn't worked out.  Yet.  

My next idea was Old Fashioned Southern Tea Cakes made with maple syrup and I actually made some of them.  Sadly, I didn't get any photos and even sadder, while they were hands down the best tea cakes that I've ever had, they did not have enough maple flavor for me.  I had envisioned something even better.  I will keep trying though because my stepdaughter loved them.  She told me that they could be her birthday cake substitute.  Noted!

So the past few days, I've been thinking about what would come next.  After french toast this past weekend, I knew that I only had a limited amount of syrup left to experiment with.  I had been playing with the idea of making some no bake cookies like the ones that my mom made when I was growing up.  You know the ones....cocoa, oatmeal, peanut butter.  My mom called them "mounds" which was pretty accurate since that's pretty much what you they look like.  Mounds of goodness...

Surely they could be made without the chocolate and peanut butter, right?  Wouldn't maple flavored mounds taste good too?

I had to take some creative liberties with this recipe due to the ingredients or I should say "lack thereof" in my pantry.   It will seem kind of odd when you read it; but trust me on this one....

They are a cross between maple sugar candy (if you are from the north), pralines (if you are from the south) and an oatmeal cookie.  Unlike the tea cakes, the maple syrup shines through. 

3/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats

1 packet Weight Control Maple & Brown Sugar Flavored Instant Oatmeal

2 packets High Fiber Maple & Brown Sugar Flavored Instant Oatmeal

4 packets Original Instant Oatmeal

1 cup Flaked Coconut

1 tablespoon Vanilla

  3/4 cup Ben's NH Grade B Maple Syrup 

1 cup Sugar

1 cup Brown Sugar

1 stick Butter

1/2 cup Milk

In a large bowl, combine oats, coconut and vanilla.  Set aside. In a heavy saucepan over high heat, bring the syrup, sugars, butter and milk to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring often.  Remove from heat and pour over the oatmeal mixture.  Mix thoroughly.  Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a sheet of waxed paper and let cool completely.  The cookies will harden as they cool. 

Note:  I am sure you could use only regular oatmeal instead of using any instant oatmeal.  The total amount of oatmeal measured about 4 1/4 cups.  I originally planned to do that; however, I didn't have but the 3/4 cup of regular oatmeal so I had to improvise.  I usually don't like to use processed food and buy it very sparingly.  I did have the instant oatmeal packets laying around in the pantry so I took this opportunity to use them up.   I, personally, think that they helped with the maple flavoring.  I am very sensitive to artificial flavorings and so is David.  These cookies had none of that artificial flavor.  I will use them again.  You may feel free to use your discretion with this.

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  1. OH YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've never made them, but Hubby has...and they are delish!

  2. I love maple sugar candy so this does look like something I will love!

  3. no bake you said!!! that's straight in my list now. Lovely :)

  4. Oh, you crack me up! It amazes me that you can throw things that are in your pantry together and come up with something that sounds so scrumptious! :)
    (We call the chocolate no-bake cookies "do-do cookies"!)

  5. I go CRAZY for maple syrup candy! Even better in cookie form, if you ask me!

  6. I just made no bake cookies (literally, they are in the freezer b/c I don't want to wait an hour for them to firm up!), but I made the traditional ones...well, sort of - mine have Sunbutter instead of peanut butter! I bet I would love some REAL maple syrup!

  7. You are good! And I'm sure those cookies are too.

  8. Now these are my kind of cookies....no bake. Perfection! I love Maple Candy too.

  9. What! Cookies that look that good have to be baked right? I am totally impressed and must try these out for myself. Love this recipe using the maple. Genius

  10. Awesome recipe! I love the no-bakes!!! :O)

  11. What a great recipe. My Hubs doesn't like the chocolate no bakes, but I know he would love this. Maple is one of his favorite flavors.

  12. love love this recipe, maple syrup is fabulous!!

  13. I love the idea of a no bake cookie, and I love my oatmeal cookies! I would definitely use some special maple syrup for these!

  14. Brilliant, gooey and chewy looking cookies with maple syrup --deelish!!

  15. Congratulations on winning the syrup with that amazing looking vinaigrette!! And these cookies looks delicious. It is actually a perfect recipe for my kiddos to make!

  16. Donnie loves no bake cookies, so I will have to give this a shot. I think he will love the hint of syrup inside.

  17. I love no-bake cookies...and this is such a different version that I'm used to. YUM!

  18. These look great! I'm always looking for no-bake recipes.

  19. fun easy to make cookies adore maple syrup have a great weekend

  20. This looks healthy and tasty.. Love it!

  21. Hi Candace,
    These are really great looking cookies. I sure wish I had a couple of them to have with my afternoon tea. Hope you have a great week end and thanks for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come back soon,
    Miz Helen

  22. I have never thought of maple no-bakes before, great idea!! They look SO yummy. Hope you're having a happy weekend :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  23. What an awesome ingredient list, lady!!! No-Bake cookies are my favorite!


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