This recipie is Monster cookies. They are not at all controversial, everybody loves em. But I see them as highly nutricious too.
6 eggs 2C pressed brown sugar 2C white sugar 11/2 tsp vanilla 11/2 tbs corn syrup 4 tsp baking soda 1/2 lb margerine 11/2 lb peanut butter 9 C oatmeal 1 C mini M&Ms 11/4 C mini choco chips. Mix in the order given Bake about 11-12 min at 325deg.
Made this way you get about 10 doz standard cookies. I have been baking the dough for about 1/2 hour in a jar. filled about 3/4 full. Screw on a tight lid and I think they may last a long time, but I haven't tested them well yet.
Oatmeal cookie bars
I really love the oatmeal cookie bars as well. The brick and the chocolate covered cookies were my favorite. They had that awesome taste. Try the toffee cookies in todays mres. They taste very similar to the old school brick oatmeal cookies. Im hoping sterling foods has cases of the old bricks in some warehouse that I can buy. I love them.
I was never exposed to MRE's, they came in after I was long gone out of uniform but here is our family back packing granola cookie
Lemon Ginger Granola
2 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
3 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup candied ginger, chopped
Preheat oven to 250° F. Combine the oats, wheat germ, nuts and brown sugar. In a separate bowl, combine the honey, lemon zest and juice and grated ginger. Combine both mixtures, tossing very well to combine. Pour onto a cookie sheet and spread out evenly. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes until the mixture is as dark as you’d like it to be. If you aren't into lemon or ginger just leave them out or substitute something else. I like to substitute figs or dates for the raisins for a change or the little cranberry bits you can get sometimes.
Allow to cool. cut to size and store in a air-tight container. At home I have a wide mouthed gallon jar with a screw on lid, in my pack they are kept in a baggie.
I love them when I am hunting and I used to walk miles before sitting down to take a break. Today they sit on the ledge next to my revolver in my deer stand until I cant take it anymore. Then I break open the thermos and cookie and appease mine and the chickadee's appetite. Sometimes the Junco and/or the yellow finch will join in but always the chickadee's.
I remembered from my time in the Army that there is a standard for every single thing in the inventory so after a bit of digging I found the standard for oatmeal cookie bars (MIL-O-44136C NOT 1 in case you are curious) , which also give the recipe by weight, as follows:
Ingredients: Percent by Weight
Sugar,granulated,extra fine 28.80
oats, rolled 28.80
Mineral premix 1.35
Baking soda 0.50
Missing from this is the directions for using frozen or dried eggs in the cookies, which is likely pointless for most folks as these are more for industrial baking. Not sure what mineral premix is either. Likely the gov't sponsored vitamins & minerals to balance the MRE's RDI.
Directions are as follows:
a. Blend the mineral premix ard the granulated sugar together
b. mix all ingredients together in a ribbon blender or other suitable
c. Form the dough into appropriate shape and thickness to assure
d. Bake at 375 deg F until baked using a standard oven or suitable method
for complete cooking. Suggested final moisture content is approximately 3 to
e. Let cool until firm.
f. Grind cookies into friable crumbs. A particle size similar to granola cereal is suitable.
g. Compress crumbs into bars to produce bars complying with finished product requirements.
When I get some free time, I'll be breaking out the kitchen scale and rolled oats. Bon Appetit fellow culinary masochists.
this thread is obviously dead but i just wanted to say that there are people who like(d) this stuff.
In South Korea, MREs make their way to some civilian markets from US troops stationed in S.Korea, I think it was illegal so the stores that had them didn't have them displayed, but you could ask if they got some MREs and the store owners would go to their storage and bring back the stuff to sell, i think it was around like 3000~5000(KRW3 to 5 bucks) each. There must have been US soldiers who snuck them out and sold em for some cash...
Anyways when I was a kid, my mom would sometimes bring home two MREs, one for my brother and one for me. We didn't really care about the taste, it was fun with all the self-cooking heat pack thingy and different entrees and sides lol
Well this oatmeal cookie bar is one thing I remember. Dry as brick but I really liked the taste. I remember it being not that sweet and funny taste to it.
My brother also liked it so we'd always fight over it.
This brings back memories
This summer I suddenly remembered about this and ended up buying a 12 meal-box but the menus changed obviously..it's been so long ago.
shame they don't make this anymore...but I bet somewhere they're sitting stored in boxes..
I've been following this site for a while and joined today just to comment on this thread.
I remember as a kid back in the late 70s my dad brought home a case of MRE's that someone had given him and gave it to me.
I remember that the instruction with the oatmeal pack said that it could be used 3 ways. It could be (1) eaten as an oatmeal cookie, or (2) mixed with hot water and turned into oatmeal, and (3) something else that I don't remember... may used a hammer or something.
But I too have been searching for a way to make something like them for some homemade MRE packs. They don't need to be as compressed. An oatmeal cookie that could also be used to make hot oatmeal would be great in an MRE.
P.S. my favorite part of those MRE kits was the little 3 pack of Camel cigarettes (not 3 packs but a tiny pack with 3 cigarettes). I don't think my dad knew it at the time, but he was supplying me and my friends with our first smokes.
Try this one:-
Sweet oatmeal hard tack.
60g medium oatmeal;
60g wholemeal flour;
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda;
pinch of salt;
30g golden caster sugar.
2 tablespoons Horlicks powder
1 tablespoon of melted lard,
5 tablespoons of boiling water and mix to a REALLY stiff dough.
It shouldn't stick to your hands. If it does, add more oatmeal AND flour.
Roll it out 1/4 inch thick. 3 by 2 inches. Prick RIGHT THROUGH with a fork.
Bake slow at:-
350 degrees for 15 minutes (turn over half way through)
250 for a further 30 mins. (turn over half way through)
200 for a final 30 mins. (turn over half way through)
White or slighty brown is the finished "color", and as hard as nails.
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