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Maple Oat Chewies: Drop Cookie Recipe and Bake-Off #32 Favorite

By Kitty Cahill, St. Paul, MN

Maple Oat Chewies are a simple drop cookie. The chewy texture is offset by the addition of crisp rice cereal, like Rice Krispies®, which gives the cookie surface a bit of crunch.

But it is molasses, maple flavoring, cinnamon, and oatmeal that combine together to evoke smells, tastes, and memories of hearth and home in this ultimate “comfort food.”

It is easy to see why this cookie recipe was a favorite at the Pillsbury Bake-Off #32 in 1986.

Prep time: 15-20 minutes

Bake time: 8-12 minutes

Makes about 4-5 dozen cookies

Maple Oat Chewies from The Cookie Elf


1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tablespoon molasses

2 teaspoons maple flavoring (not maple syrup)

1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups quick cooking oats

2 cups crisp rice cereal, like Rice Krispies®

Directions for Maple Oat Chewies

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.

  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

  • In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer on medium speed, cream together butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs, molasses, and maple flavoring, scraping bowl occasionally.

  • Gradually stir in flour mixer into creamed mixture until well blended. Add oats and rice cereal until incorporated into the dough, which will be thick. You may need to use a large kitchen spoon to add the final two ingredients.

  • Use a cookie scoop, ice cream scoop, or kitchen teaspoon to drop cookie dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 8-12 minutes until cookies are lightly brown on the edges. Cookies may appear to be slightly moist in the center. Do not over bake.

  • Remove baking sheets from the oven. Allow cookies to sit for 5 minutes before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack. Cool completely.

  • Store cookies in an airtight container with waxed paper in between layers.

Special Baking Tips for Maple Oat Chewies

Be sure to use maple flavoring, not maple syrup, in this recipe. Find maple flavoring in your grocery’s baking aisle.

Keep cookie size consistent on each baking sheet so that cookies bake evenly. But as you drop cookie dough, you may want to experiment with different sized “rounded teaspoonfuls” to get the size that suits you. Some Cookie Elves prefer Maple Oat Chewies to be 1 ½ inches in diameter (baked) while other like larger cookies, up to 3 inches in diameter. Naturally larger cookies require a minute or two longer baking time.

See more easy drop cookie recipes on our Drop Cookies Pinterest board.

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