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
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
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
- 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
- Store cookies in an airtight container with waxed paper in
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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