Why New Orleans? There is no headnote or explanation accompanying this recipe. I attempted to find out if oatmeal is served in any special way in New Orleans, but uncovered nothing. Perhaps, Maida tasted these there and collected the recipe as I have come to know that she often does from other explanations.
I baked these around Halloween and packed them up in two boxes to send to my daughters at college. With their extra spice additions and darker color, it seemed fit. Maybe it was just an excuse to send a care package.