Farmers can be really funny. Take, for example, the names they give to the less than appetizing animal waste….Meadow Muffins, Road Apples, and Cow Pies. They all sound tasty, but you really don’t want to eat them! That all changes today! Years ago, one of our tour guides spent time teaching preschool in a Madison daycare facility. Cooking projects that involved measuring and mixing were encouraged as part of the curriculum, and during a “Farm” themed unit, one of her fellow teachers, Nancy, shared a recipe for a treat called cow pies. They were a hit with all of the children, both for the mixing (what pre-schooler doesn’t enjoy a messy mixing project!) and the eating! Sweet, lumpy cow pies look very realistic, but they sure smell and taste a lot better than the real things!
1 Package of Brownie Mix (can be either regular or gluten free)
1 cup of Miniature Marshmallows
1 1/2 cups of Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 cups of Dry Oatmeal (not instant)
1 cup of Coconut Flakes (can be sweetened or unsweetened)
Prepare brownie mix according to package directions, omitting the water. Do not bake! Mix in the marshmallows, chocolate chips, oatmeal, and coconut. The mixture will be stiff and sticky. Roll mixture into small balls, and put on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper leaving about three inches between each ball. Flatten balls slightly with your palm. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10-12 minutes or until marshmallows are turning slightly brown. Allow the cow pie to cool and dry before enjoying with a large glass of milk! MOO!!!!