Moose Turds

Moose Turds

Moose Turds

Growing up in Northern Ontario came with so many beautiful experiences, and one of them is that I had the opportunity to see the iconic, majestic Canadian moose. My family was all too familiar with this animal because most of my family members, including my dad, hunted. So, Christmas time would not have been complete without someone in my family putting out these deceptively delicious but simply made treats. My daughters have never seen a moose, but they know the stories and every year when I put out the "Moose Turds", we are reminded of our Northern Ontario heritage.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Cooling time: 30 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Course dessert, snack
Cuisine Canadian
Servings 28 cookies
Calories 131 kcal


  • 2 baking sheets
  • wax paper or parchment paper


Cook on the stovetop:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup butter

Remaining ingredients:

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Line two baking sheets with waxed paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the oats, coconut, cocoa powder and salt and set aside.
  • Combine the sugar, milk and butter in a 4-litre pot.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat (this should take about 4-5 minutes). Once boiling, boil hard for 1 minute.
    Note: Boiling hard for 1 minute is important. This ensures that the sugar is completely dissolved which ensures a smooth texture rather than a grainy one.
  • Immediately add the sugar mixture to the oat mixture and add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Stir the mixture to combine.
  • Working quickly, scoop out mounds of the cookie mixture and put on the prepared baking sheets. You want to do this while the mixture is hot and wet looking. (As it cools, the mixture is harder to mound.) Don't worry too much about how they look, when they cool and harden the cookie stays intact.
  • Cool on the counter for 30 minutes and then continue to cool in the fridge or a cool garage for another hour. Store in containers in the fridge or freezer.



Serving: 1-cookieCalories: 131kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 115mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 106IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Christmas, coconut, cookies, moose, turds
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