Saturday, March 12, 2011

Brown Butter~Maple Oatmeal Waffle Cookies

When my husband, Chuck and I were traveling in Ireland, Scotland, and England for our 25th wedding anniversary, almost 18 years ago, we stayed in B & B's and had Irish Oatmeal every morning.  We also walked everywhere and when we returned home we were in the best shape we'd ever been.  I love Irish Oats and still make them for breakfast, however, for this recipe I used an instant oatmeal--one that can be microwaved.  The reason is that I "baked" these cookies on a heart-shaped waffle maker and because they cook in about 5 minutes, quick-cooking oats are a necessary factor.

My dad was as Irish as they come, looking forward to my mom cooking corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day.  When we returned from our trip, I brought my Dad a bottle of Glenlivet 25 year old Scotch.  He said, "that's the trouble with the Irish, they can't wait until their whiskey ages like the Scots can!"

I'm vegetarian and forgo the corned beef, but I will make colcannon (mashed potatoes with kale or cabbage mixed in), my mother's Irish soda bread, and now I've added these oatmeal waffle cookies as a tribute to my roots.

Last year, I flew, on St. Patrick's Day, to Kentucky to be with Kelly and help take care of Ari when she had a surgery to remove the expanders that had been in place since her mastectomy.  After her surgery, she said to me, "this is the best I've felt in a long time."

Sadly, less than two months later she passed away.  Recently, my dear friend, Ellen, who owns an online craft store, shared with me a new stamp she bought for the store with the following message:
Death leaves a heartache
no one can heal,
Love leaves a memory
no can steal
Memories are definitely something that can't be taken away and I have so many wonderful ones of Kelly and my parents that I love sharing.  Along with traditions, we move forward and make our own mark to be remembered by.  Whether you're Irish or not, it's said that on St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish!  I'd love to hear what traditions you carry on or memories you have with in your families for this happiest of holidays.

Brown Butter~Maple Oatmeal Waffle Cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and browned
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. maple flavoring
3/4 cup Maple/Brown Sugar Instant Oatmeal (2 packages)*
2 T milk
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup Sparkling sugar crystals

Heart-shaped waffle iron or regular waffle iron (not Belgian)

Melt the butter on low and brown.
 Set aside to cool slightly.  In the KitchenAid, using the paddle attachment, mix the sugar and eggs together.  Add the browned butter and mix thoroughly.    Add the vanilla and the maple flavoring and combine.  Measure the packages of instant oatmeal; you should have approximately three-quarters cup.  *I used a brand called 3 Sisters Maple Brown Sugar Oatmeal.
Mix in oatmeal, flour, baking powder and salt and mix on low just to combine.  Stir in the coarse sugar crystals.
Heat the waffle iron on MAX heat.  Scoop about 1/2 cup of batter and place in the middle of the iron.
 Close the lid and cook as directed to a golden brown.  Use a fork to remove the "waffle" and place on a rack to cool.
Continue with the remaining batter.  Cool the cookies completely before storing in an air-tight container.  
Enjoying a cookie with a cup of Irish Breakfast tea starts off the day with a smile full of memories.  Enjoy! 


  1. What a beautiful message on the stamp! Lovely memories for sure...thanks for sharing.
    Love, Joanne

  2. What beautiful memories you have with your family Susan. It was good talking to you last week. miss the fun we all had stamping together.
    stamping sue

  3. Beautiful post! The waffle cookies look amazing and I love the heart shapes :)