October 17, 2012

Vermont Maple No-Bake Cookies {Thanks, Tonewood Maple!}


I am a huge fan of maple syrup!  Pure Vermont maple syrup, to be exact.  As many of you already know, I grew up in Vermont.  Since moving to North Carolina (eighteen years ago after finishing college), I still have Vermont maple syrup shipped to me.  For me, there's no substitute.

So when I had the opportunity to try Tonewood Maple's syrup, ...


I jumped at the chance!  Tonewood Maple is a producer of premium pure Vermont maple products.  And can I just tell you that I adore them already?  Like totally major crush.

And here's why I think they're totally crush-worthy.

1.  They're from Vermont and they make maple stuff.  To me, that alone makes them crush-worthy. 

2.  They sent me a package with their awesome syrup.  I looooooove to get packages!!  It's like getting a Christmas present in the mail.  Even when you know what's in the box!  (My husband doesn't understand how I can get so excited about this.)

3.   The package arrived on my birthday.  Aren't they so sweet to make sure it arrived on my special day??  (I know, I know ... they had no idea it was my birthday ... but, I can pretend right?)

4.  They're either clairvoyant, or read my blog.  'Cause they sent me my favorite grade of maple syrup ... grade B, baby!  I did a post about grade B maple syrup a while back.  Grade B is where it's at.  See that beautiful bottle of grade B?  


5.  They included a hand-written note in the package.  I truly think hand-written notes are a lost art now a'-days.  But they so bring a smile.  I love getting hand-written notes in the mail.  Thank you for my note, Dori!



I have lots of maple recipes, but I kinda wanted to make something new with my Tonewood maple.  So I popped on over to Dori's blog to take a look at the maple recipes she's posted.

I was intrigued with maple syrup no-bake cookies, so I gave them a try.  The ones on Dori's blog use maple syrup as the sweetener, and include cocoa and peanut butter just like 'traditional' no-bake cookies.  They were good.  But I wanted to taste maple, not cocoa and peanut butter.

So what do you think I did?

Well, of course! ... I created my own Vermont Maple No-Bake Cookies.  That taste maple.  I will admit that this took me many more tries than I thought it would, but hubby and I are really happy with the result.  Hubby is so happy with the result, he ate almost the entire last batch ... minus the one I ate to do a taste test.

The first challenge in creating these Vermont Maple No-Bake Cookies was to find a replacement for the peanut butter that would let the maple flavor come through.  The solution?  Almond butter.  It lends the same nut butter-type base to the cookies without the peanut butter taste.

The second ... and major ... challenge was to get the consistency of the cookie mixture right.  This was actually a bit tough to work out.  Since almond butter isn't as creamy as peanut butter, it takes some milk to give a creamy cookie texture.  But too much milk tones down the maple flavor too much.  Not enough milk, and the cookies don't hold together.  After several tries with differing amounts of butter, maple syrup, and milk, I finally found a combination that gave the texture and flavor I was looking for ... soft, creamy texture with a definite maple flavor.


I had so much fun playing with my Tonewood Maple sample to create these scrumptious cookies.  I've got a couple of more maple recipes coming up, so maple fans stay tuned!

Thank you so much, Tonewood Maple!


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Vermont Maple No-Bake Cookies
Source:  A Tracey Original
Ingredients
1/4 c. butter
1/2 c. pure maple syrup (preferably grade B)
2 T. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/4 c. almond butter
3/4 c. old-fashioned oats

Directions
1.  Combine butter, maple syrup, and milk in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Boil for a full 3 minutes, stirring constantly. 

2.  Remove from heat and let cool for 2 minutes.  Stir in vanilla extract, salt, almond butter and oats. 

3.  Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and allow cookies to cool.

Makes 12 cookies.

Notes:
- Boiling the maple syrup mixture for a full 3 minutes over medium-high heat is very important.  The mixture will be kind of 'frothy' for a while during boiling ... don't worry.  Just keep stirring!

- Getting the 'proper' consistency for the cookies can be tricky, due in part (I think) to differing consistencies of almond butters and to variations of the achieved thickness during the maple syrup boiling process.  Adjust ingredient amounts, as needed:
  • If your cookie mixture is too thick after stirring in the oats, add a teeny tiny bit of milk ... just 1 teaspoon at a time.  The mixture goes from 'too dry' to 'too wet' pretty quickly when adding milk, so go slow.  Also, while the milk adds a wonderful creaminess to the texture of the cookies, it seems to tone down the maple flavor ... so add sparingly.
  • If your cookie mixture is too 'soupy' after stirring in the amount of oats called for in the recipe, stir in additional oats ... about 1/4 cup at a time ... until a 'drop-able' consistency is achieved.  You may have to add anywhere from 1/4 cup to 1 cup more oats.

Enjoy!


Disclaimer:  Tonewood Maple provided a product sample of their Pure Vermont Grade B Maple Syrup.  Monetary compensation was not provided for the writing of this post.  All expressed opinions are solely those of Tracey at The Kitchen is My Playground.



This post is linked with Cast Party Wednesday, Thursday's Treasures, Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff, Share Your Creations, Full Plate Thursday, Pin It Thursday, Inspiration Friday, Foodie Friday, Weekend Potluck, Foodie Friday with Diane Balch, Strut Your Stuff Saturday, Think Pink Sunday, Sundae Scoop, Nifty Thrifty Sunday, Sunday Showcase Party, On the Menu Monday, Mangia Mondays, Crazy Sweet Tuesday, Tuesday Talent Show, Totally Tasty Tuesday, Tip Me Tuesday.

17 comments:

  1. How creative! These sound amazing! I always have almond butter on hand because my daughter is allergic to peanuts, so I want to try this today! I think it would make a great, healthy snack for my kids. Pinning!

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  2. Hi Tracey,
    Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  3. These cookies look awesome and I cannot wait to try!

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  4. There's not much to eat in this world that I love better than MAPLE..maple ANYthing...can't wait to try your recipe...:)

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  5. Oh these look so delicious! I'm making these cookies for my weekend family hardwood floor laying party! Wow! LOVE maple syrup. I'm going to have to look up Tonewood! Thanks for sharing these yummy cookies at ON THE MENU MONDAY!

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  6. I love your recipes! Thanks for sharing them at Cast Party Wednesday!
    ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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  7. They look awesome! I want one right now!
    I would love to have you join my new link party Wednesday Extravaganza! Come by and share this or other recipes. Here is the link
    http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com/1/post/2012/10/wednesday-extravaganza.html

    Can't wait to see you there!

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  8. I will try these cookies this weekend. But I don't know if this maple syrup (which I own) is grade B. Here's the link: http://www.canadathestore.com/products/pure-canadian-maple-syrup-500ml. How can I tell? I really to try this recipe, because looks really yummy and not too sweet!

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    1. Hi, Melanie! I just checked out the link you shared ... based on these words in their description: "(Medium Grade). Produced in the middle of the season", my guess is that your maple syrup is the equivalent of U.S. grade A Dark Amber (the U.S. and Canada do not use the same maple syrup grading system). Grade B is considered "dark grade" and is typically produced at the end of the season. But don't worry!! ... the cookies will still taste FABULOUS with the Medium Grade maple syrup!

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  9. I love maple soooooooo much. This sounds amazing!

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  10. Wow, I'll have to try this one! Would love it if you linked up on my blog hop www.w-t-fab.com/search/label/bloghop. Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

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  11. These sound amazing! I love no-bake cookies and with maple...oh goodness.

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  12. I made these tonight and am waiting for them to cool to try out. I love maple and these seemed like they'd be AMAZING!

    However, I measured out the ingredients, using my measuring cups for some, and my scale for others, and found that I needed to use quite a bit more oats than what the recipe called for. Is is possible that there's an error in the amounts listed in the recipe? Until I added another 3/4 cup of oats it seemed like soup and I was worried about spooning them onto my wax paper.

    Thoughts?

    Regardless, I'm excited for them to cool and for me to try them! :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Therese, for stopping back by to let me know how these turned out for you! I'm thinking one of two things is going on:
      1. Different almond butters may be different consistencies, leading to the more 'soupy' result you got.
      2. The maple syrup boiling process may have reached a different state of 'caramelizing,' which could also lead to a different batter consistency.
      Adding more oats was a great strategy! Honestly, I think the amount of oats used may vary slightly each time these are made, based on the above two factors. I'll add a note to the recipe in the post about this.

      Thanks so much for reading The Kitchen is My Playground!

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    2. Someone had your Turtle Cookies on Pinterest and I followed that to your page and feel like I haven't left since! :)

      I am looking forward to trying out many of your recipes and always appreciate the photos and descriptions and all your time with the trial and error to get us such great food!

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  13. I have always been a fan of the no bake cookies and can't wait to try this version. I love Maple Nut Goodies and had to give them up because of the nuts and my sensitive tummy in my old age...hoping this will be a replacement to my taste buds!

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