Let the recipe testing begin for school snacks for the soon-to-be kindergartener. I made some maple glazed oatmeal cookie sticks to kick things off. They are easy to handle and fit well in a lunch box. Plus, I get to have the satisfaction of cutting them and having perfect edges. These are all things to think about when making a snack. Lucian loves maple brown sugar oatmeal, so I thought I would make him a cookie stick with those flavors. It's been approved by him as well.
These bars are chewy. They're sweet, but not overly so. They provide a nice substance to hold the kids over until they get home and are loaded with oats. I really like that Lucian actually enjoys oats. They are an incredibly versatile whole grain. You can make dessert, breakfast, and even dinners with oats. I even throw oats in my meatballs. It's not often that *my* kid likes things that are good for him. Green peppers, for example. He thinks he hates them but has never in his life tried them. Why is that? I'm not pointing fingers, but his father despises green peppers. Could this be why? Maybe or maybe he just doesn't like the color of them. I can't keep up with the reasons.
We're thinking about letting him try the school lunches, but I don't want him to go without all day long because they served something he decides he doesn't like. Reading that sentence back, all I can think of is that viral video about the mom of a kindergartener saying the teacher doesn't know he needs 14 kisses every 45 seconds. Yeah, I linked it just in case you didn't see it.
Bob's Red Mill sent me three different kinds of oats. There were quick cooking rolled oats, old fashioned rolled oats and steel cut oats. The different between rolled and steel cut oats is the processing. Rolled oats are rolled flat to produce those flakes you know and love. Steel cut oats are chopped into several pieces for a chewier oatmeal. Can I just say that I'm anxious to make my own oatmeal using the steel cut oats. If you want to grab any of these oats, Bob's Red Mill has monthly coupons you can print off and use.
I also like that these cookie sticks hold together when you dip them into the maple glaze. After they're cut up, just hold them upside down in the glaze, let the excess drip off and place them on a paper towel to dry. Sometimes you get crumbs that fall into the glaze, but I just left them instead of digging them out. They always dripped off from the sticks so it wasn't a big deal.
Here's a sneak peak at how easy it is. Mix it up and press it into a pan. Bake it off and let it cool overnight. Cut into bars.
Maple Glazed Oatmeal Cookie Sticks
- 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar sifted
- 1 T. butter melted
- 2 T. milk
- ½ tsp. maple extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 12x8 pan with parchment paper. You can also use 11x7 but it may take slightly longer to bake.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix on medium until combined. Scrape down the sides.
- Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and maple extract. Mix on medium just until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Add in the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt. Mix until the flour is just incorporated.
- Scoop out the cookie dough into the prepared pan. Try to add dollops of cookie dough in any bare spots.
- Use a spatula to spread the dough out evenly into the pan. I used a piece of wax paper and pressed the dough evenly into the pan and removed the wax paper.
- Place into the oven and bake for 20 - 23 minutes until done and the edges are golden brown. Let cool until room temperature.
- Place into the fridge to firm up overnight. Probably 4 or 5 hours would be long enough though.
- Cut the cookies into 1 inch sticks. Cut the sheet of cookie length wise in half. Then cut into 1 inch sticks.
- In a small bowl, add in the sifted powdered sugar.
- Add in the melted butter, milk, and maple extract. Whisk until smooth.
- Dip the oatmeal sticks into the glaze. Be sure to cover the top of the cookie. Let the excess drip off the cookie and place on a paper towel. Let air dry for several hours.
- Store in an airtight container.
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
What are some back to school snacks that you'll be making for your kiddies lunch box?
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