As a general rule, we use maple syrup as a sweetener for almost all our baking needs, in fact I don’t even have sugar in the house most of the year and if I really need sugar for something I can make maple sugar. I hadn’t made No Bake Cookies for a long time, but the other night our oldest son (who is now 13 and eats enough for two grown men) said he wished there was something sweet he could make that he didn’t have to bake.
Viola! No bake cookies!
I pulled out my recipe from my mom and and we put it together using maple syrup.
At first we didn’t let it boil long enough as it needs to boil slightly longer with the maple syrup then without because it is so much extra liquid, so after we had added the oatmeal, we brought it to a boil again. The cookies were delicious, but did not harden, even after a night in the fridge. I loved the chewiness of them though, I made some more and boiled them longer without the oatmeal and they still didn’t harden all the way, but the consistency was not as chewy. From now on when I make them, I am going to boil a little bit longer with the oats in them as I really like a chewy cookie!
No Bake Cookie Recipe:
Bring the following ingredients to a boil:
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup butter
1 cup maple syrup
Boil for a couple of minutes, remove from heat and add:
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal
Bring to a simmer and simmer for two to three minutes while stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and put by the spoonful onto exopat baking mats or wax paper.
Allow to cool, or begin eating them immediately (this is what happens at our house)!
Just think with Maple Syrup instead of sugar, these become a much healthier treat that could even be a breakfast cookie! The original recipe called for 2 cups of sugar, which is a lot and certainly makes them a treat, not breakfast!
As Laura Ingalls Wilder says in The Little House in the Big Woods: “They could eat all they wanted, for maple sugar never hurt anybody.”
We still have maple syrup for sale at the farm, but you do have to call as we don’t have it out in the store.
We buy almost all our kitchen supplies at Now You’re Cooking! Our local cooking supply store located in Bath with amazing, friendly staff and beautiful cookware and accessories. If you don’t have a local cooking supply store, here is an exopat mat from Amazon. We love exopat mats! We use them for cookies, granola and any other baking that we do, there are many exopat mat’s available under several different brand names and sizes, an example is below (I couldn’t find the ones we have) it helps with clean-up and keeps things from sticking to the pans.