Secret Ingredient in Mood-altering Nig Nogs Might Be Love!

This Father’s Day week, I give you an old family recipe, just in case you want to bake something for the fathers in your life. I ask you to keep the simplicity of the recipe a secret. You will be showered with accolades, once the cookies are sampled. They taste a bit like caramel popcorn and are just as easy to eat. One is never enough and four is a standard serving. 

If there are Nig Nogs in the oven, the boy, of Get a Bigger Wagon fame, identifies them enthusiastically as soon as he opens the door. His mom began using this recipe in the early fifties. The boy can’t remember life before Nig Nogs; the question remains . . . can you?  


Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

Combine the following dry ingredients
1 ½ cups of all purpose flour
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 cup of granulated sugar

Melt butter with syrup and water
1 tablespoon golden syrup
2 tablespoons water
½ pound butter
½ teaspoon soda to the above wet ingredients

Add the liquid to the dry ingredients. Mix well. Using a one inch scoop or a spoon, drop dough in small quantities onto baking sheet. Flatten the mounds of dough using a floured flat-bottomed custard cup. Bake until golden. This takes 7 to 11 minutes, depending on the type of bakeware you are using.

Cool cookies on pan for 4 to 6 minutes before removing them to a cooling rack.

Note: This dough spreads, so placing cookies farther apart, leads to faster cooking and thinner, crisper cookies. Have fun.

Comments (2)

  • Heather Kelly December 16, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe. I lost my recipe. I have had it for 40 years. Cut out of the San Francisco chronicle. It is a favorite with everyone.

  • Helen Davis June 13, 2013 at 08:25 pm

    Anything that tastes like caramel popcorn...I am so in for that. Going to try these tomorrow....also love the fact that four is a standard serving. Thanks for this...will keep you after my test batch.

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