Feeling Old Fashioned
I’ve mentioned several times how much I love these easy, no-bake cookies. I would venture to say that I love them too much, actually. They are rich, chocolaty, and they take a whopping five minutes to prepare—no waiting or oven-heating necessary. The whole easy/delicious combination is a dangerous one, that’s for sure.
These babies are also a huge crowd-pleaser. I’ve brought them to school with much fan-fare in the past, and I knew they’d be a hit when it was my turn to bring in snacks for curriculum writing last week. The problem was, when I went to my pantry to get out my usual staples, I realized that I didn’t have any quick cooking oats; I only had a container of old fashioned oats. This might not seem like a problem for someone who hasn’t made these cookies a million times, but I knew from experience that old fashioned oats wouldn’t hold a round, cookie shape when they cooled. They would flatten into little chocolaty patties, which while still tasting delicious would look really unappetizing.
Not to be deterred, I decided to be creative and come up with an easy solution. Instead of making cookies, I’d just make bars instead!
I took the original recipe and made only a few changes:
- I subbed old fashioned oats for quick-cooking.
- I cut the sugar amount by 1/4 (trust me, you won’t be able to tell a difference).
- and I poured the mix into an 8×8 baking pan instead of scooping out into balls on a cookie sheet.
I just popped the pan into the fridge for about an hour, then cut the bars into squares.
They held their shape nicely, and they tasted just as delicious as the original.
As predicted, these were a huge crowd-pleaser. Not only was the entire batch gone within an hour, but several people asked me for the recipe by the end of the day! Sometimes happy accidents can happen in the kitchen, if you’re just willing to be a little flexible and creative, I guess.
Have you had any happy accidents in the kitchen lately?