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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.