You might consider these Maple-Oatmeal Cookies breakfast cookies. They’re reminiscent of your favorite granola.
These moist-centered, crisp-edged Maple-Oatmeal Cookies are perfectly flecked with nubby oats– plus I’ve added chewy, extra-large golden raisins and a hint of maple syrup. With a list of ingredients like that I can see where these would indeed make a great start to the morning. In fact anything you’d consider stirring into a bowl of warm oatmeal would make a perfect substitution here. Don’t have raisins? Use dried apples. Is cinnamon too strong? Try nutmeg instead.
However, I have to admit, I find the idea of breakfast cookies a little foreign. In fact I’d put breakfast cookies in the same category as breakfast salads. They’re both just a little too cute. They seem like something marketing geniuses thunk up. However, to be fair to fans of breakfast cookies and good morning salads (as well as any marketing geniuses out there), I will say that I could get into the idea of a breakfast cookie if these treats were winking up at me each day.
Besides, I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of sweets for breakfast. It may have started with the Nicholas Bakalar article in the The New York Times proclaiming that eating dessert for breakfast might help a person lose weight. The idea being if you satisfy the sweet-tooth first thing in the morning you’re less likely to overindulge as the day wears on. Hmm. Sounds reasonable, I guess. Still, I don’t totally buy it. There’s far too much evidence proving that sugary sweets in the morning are a surefire way to crave a nap by noon. Still, there are plenty of sweets that are readily accepted as breakfast foods: coffeecake, donuts, anything smothered in syrup. So why not cookies? After all, I bet there’s a heck of a lot less sugar in these Maple-Oatmeal Cookies than there is in most bowls of cereal.
Despite the dietary myths and legends about breakfast, one thing is an absolute in my world. Cookies are a treat. I like cookies best as a break from the routine of the day. But you’ll have to decide for yourself. Are these Maple-Oatmeal Cookies for breakfast? Or are they an afternoon snack? You’d better decide quickly, once they’re in the cookie jar the real the challenge is not eating them for both breakfast and a snack. I wonder if any scientists have weighed in on that idea? GREG