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No-bake cookie flop - how to salvage ingredients?

I made a mistake while mixing the ingredients for no-bake cookies. I know! -- a monkey could make them. Well, this particular batch is done a little differently; first, the liquid ingredients (sugar, butter, milk) are boiled for 2-1/2 minutes, then poured into the dry ingredients in a bowl (oats, chopped walnuts, cocoa powder), mixed, then dropped by spoonfuls onto wax paper.

Well, I got distracted while measuring the sugar, and poured it directly into the pre-measured dry ingredients. Some of the sugar settled to the bottom, but I spooned out as much as I could and boiled it with the milk and butter before adding to the dry ingredients. The whole mix did not hold together as it should, probably because the lack of boiled sugar to hold the mix together.

So, I pressed the whole batch into a 9x9" baking dish and baked it at 300F for 45 minutes (same as I do my oatmeal shortbread which contains similar ingredients minus the cocoa).

The result is tasty but they still don't hold together as they should.

I want to salvage the ingredients. If I take a scoop and press it together into a ball, it sticks briefly but wants to fall apart. I 'm wondering if the bars could be crumbled and saved in the freezer to use as a topping on ice cream. How long would this mix keep in the freezer? (Ingredients again: sugar, butter, milk, oats, chopped walnuts, cocoa powder). Any other ideas?

Thank you!

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  1. Ice cream topping was going to be my suggestion. It will keep in the freezer for months, as long as it's sealed reasonably well.

    Or I would make a trifle or individual parfaits with it. Make some pastry cream or even just chantilly cream (whipped cream w/vanilla added) and layer the cream and cookie crumbles in individual glasses.

    1. Ice cream topping was my first thought, too! You could top anything creamy, like cupcakes or cheesecake. Sprinkle it over oatmeal. Make the most delicious dirt cake ever. Maybe it would do in a graham cracker crust style pie crust.

      1. Sometimes the garbage can is the only solution, otherwise you may end up throwing good ingredients after bad.

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        1. re: miriamjo

          But there is nothing bad about her cookies, other than they aren't holding together. No need for the results to go to waste.

          Heck, I'd happily have a bowl of the cookie crumbs and dip fruit into them as I was eating.

          1. re: TorontoJo

            I'd crumble the results, bake till toasty, then rough chop in FP and use as a cake topping over frosting or as a divider or 1layor of a trifle-a crunchy sweet texture

          2. re: miriamjo

            Hardly helpful OR creative.......

            1. re: KSlink

              I see no reason to toss good ingredients.
              I salvage extra cookies and freeze, extra or left over cake and repurpose.
              usually always freeze cake bits or cookie bits and find a way of using them.
              I've even put cookies in the food processor and ground them up, put them in a bowl and rolled a new batch of cookie dough in the crumbed cookie and you end up with an extra crunch and flavor on the new cookie.
              I think it's brilliant to repurpose if you're using viable products.

          3. Dip strawberries into melted chocolate and then into the crumbled cookie mixture. Cool on waxed paper.

            Or use as the top layer for a banana and chocolate pudding pie.

            1. Thank you for your yummy suggestions. They're definitely not bad -- they taste like brownies, but with very chewy oatmeal. I will crumble them and keep them in the freezer for future use over ice cream or other dessert.

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              1. re: AuntieJen

                crumble the stuff up and add to a blondie batter, then bake as normal.

                1. re: AuntieJen

                  I'd use them as a base for cheesecake.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    my thought was granola to have with unsweetened youghurt.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      I would just eat it as granola, with milk or on yogurt.
                      Or use as rumb topping on mug cakes (rather than making a whole cake around the failure).

                    2. OK, so can we get the recipe? I need a good no-bake cookie. :)

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                      1. re: tzurriz

                        Sorry -- here it is! This is the first time I used this recipe for no-bake cookies (other recipes usually call for cooking ALL the ingredients in a saucepan) and next time I'll add an add'l 2T cocoa for a total of 8 Tbsp. Otherwise, I had a hard time not eating the pieces as I put them in the freezer container. ;-)

                        UNBAKED COOKIE (source unknown, but typed on a piece of paper given to my dad)

                        Bring to boil and boil rapidly for 2-1/2 minutes:
                        1-1/2 cups white sugar
                        1/2 cup butter
                        1/2 cup whole milk (I used 2%)

                        Mix together in large bowl:
                        3 cups oatmeal (I used 1C quick oats and 2C regular)
                        1 cup coconut (I used sweetened since that's what we had)
                        3/4 cup walnuts, chopped
                        6 Tbsp. cocoa

                        Mix dry ingredients and pour boiled mixture over them. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let set until cool.

                      2. yes, ice cream or yogurt topping. this would keep for ages in the freezer.

                        1. The taste reminds me of Cocoa Krispies. I could eat a bowl of them with milk, like cereal! :-)

                          1. Melt some bittersweet chocolate and fold in your crumbles, then pour into a parchment-lined pan and chill to set.

                            Or, use as a streusel for coffeecake.

                            1. You can definitely fix your batch, contrary to popular belief. You simply start another batch in a pot (cocoa, sugar, butter and milk), and bring to a rolling boil, then take off the burner and add the gooey cookies, stirring them into the mix. I put mine in a 9x13. They set up, had that glossy sheen, and were delicious! :)