These are possibly the nicest, most polite cookies you’ve ever met. And they love ice hockey. And maple syrup. Or perhaps they’re called Canadian Cookies for some other reason…
Probably, someone’s Aunt/Granny/neighbour got this recipe from a relative in Canada and they have forever been known as Canadian Cookies. We may never know! And, of course, my humble apologies to any Canadians reading this for the blatant stereotyping!
These cookies are sort of like an Oatmeal Raisin Cookie, but as well as using oatmeal, you add muesli and coconut to the cookie dough, which results in some added crunch from the nuts and some extra layers of flavour from the coconut and various muesli grains.
The original recipe says to use Alpen but, of course, there are many other muesli options out there now, so feel free to use your favourite. The muesli you choose will influence the flavour of the final cookie, whether that is a more traditional style with nuts and dried fruit or one with chocolate chips and raspberries! Now, I actually make my own muesli (yes, honestly and it’s really not that difficult) but in the interests of tradition and as a reminder of what these tasted like when I was a child, I used Alpen. And they tasted like I remember!
3oz/85g oatmeal/rolled oats/flakemeal
6oz/170g plain flour/all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
2. Add all the dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Form into small balls (about the size of a walnut). They might require you to press them together quite firmly. Place on a baking tray and flatten slightly, leaving a little space between the cookies for spreading.
4. Bake for approximately 15 minutes at 325F/160C. Leave to cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire rack.