I made a mistake while mixing the ingredients for no-bake cookies. I know! -- a monkey could make them. Well, this particular batch is done a little differently; first, the liquid ingredients (sugar, butter, milk) are boiled for 2-1/2 minutes, then poured into the dry ingredients in a bowl (oats, chopped walnuts, cocoa powder), mixed, then dropped by spoonfuls onto wax paper.
Well, I got distracted while measuring the sugar, and poured it directly into the pre-measured dry ingredients. Some of the sugar settled to the bottom, but I spooned out as much as I could and boiled it with the milk and butter before adding to the dry ingredients. The whole mix did not hold together as it should, probably because the lack of boiled sugar to hold the mix together.
So, I pressed the whole batch into a 9x9" baking dish and baked it at 300F for 45 minutes (same as I do my oatmeal shortbread which contains similar ingredients minus the cocoa).
The result is tasty but they still don't hold together as they should.
I want to salvage the ingredients. If I take a scoop and press it together into a ball, it sticks briefly but wants to fall apart. I 'm wondering if the bars could be crumbled and saved in the freezer to use as a topping on ice cream. How long would this mix keep in the freezer? (Ingredients again: sugar, butter, milk, oats, chopped walnuts, cocoa powder). Any other ideas?