In my last post, Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle, I spoke about finding a number of different cookie brittle which I made for this year's Super Bowl Party. At the time, I was looking for a fun dessert that people could enjoy while watching the game; dessert finger food.
For me, the best brittle was this Oatmeal Cookie Brittle. I found the recipe on Cookie Madness. What I loved was that there was no flour in the recipe. So, for all those who are looking for a gluten free cookie recipe, this is a great treat. When I made it the first time, it called for coconut and I decided to put mini chocolate chips with the coconut as I love the flavor of oats, coconut and chocolate. The finished cookie brittle tasted like a granola bar, but a bit sweeter. The butter and brown sugar made for a caramel, melt in your mouth taste that most granola bars are missing. It was sweet and crunchy and addictive. I will warn you, breaking off a few little pieces will cause you to succumb to a big piece. I've seen it happen. And, of all the cookie brittle I made for the party, the oatmeal cookie brittle went the fastest. It's definitely not as heavy as the others.
I was lucky, on the Friday night before the Super Bowl, we had friends over who sampled all the brittle. When I got ready to make the second batch for Sunday, I decided to change the recipe a bit. Instead of coconut and chocolate chips, I would substitute craisins, almonds and a little bit of cinnamon. What a hit! It wasn't as sweet and had a nuttier taste between the oats and the almonds. I actually would like to try a trail mix style with mini chips, almonds, walnuts and craisins. Sound good?
So brainstorm with me...think of a few different combinations:
1. Mini peanut butter cups (chopped) and peanuts
2. Walnuts, almonds, pecans and peanuts (I bet I could substitute maple syrup for corn syrup)
3. White chocolate with coconut and macadamia nuts
4. Health bar bits and almond slices
5. Coconut and craisins with orange rind
6. Dried apples, raisins, walnuts and cinnamon
The list could go on and on. This is a great base recipe for oatmeal cookie brittle, just use your imagination for the endless possibilities.
Make a batch and tell me about your oatmeal cookie brittle creation!
Ingredients for Oatmeal Brittle:
1/2 cup of butter, melted
1 tablespoon of light corn syrup
1/2 cup of light brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1 3/4 cups of oatmeal
Chocolate Chips with Coconut
1/3 cup of sweetened flake coconut
1/2 cup of mini semi sweet chocolate chips
Craisins with Almonds
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/3 cup of craisins
1/2 cup of slivered almonds
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a 13×18 inch cookie sheet with foil.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the butter, corn syrup, sugar, salt, vanilla and baking powder.Make sure all ingredients are incorporated. It make take a minute or two to get the butter to mix with the brown sugar.
3. Add the oats and mix thoroughly.
4. Choose the flavors and add the ingredients from the chocolate chip and coconut or craisin and almonds.
5. Spread the mixture, as thinly as possible, on the cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the edges are browned.
7. Cool on a rack. Lift the foil from the pan and break into pieces.
Written by Tricia White