This post is for my sister, Erin and my dad who both share my love of these cookies more than anyone else. My grandma used to make them on a regular basis before she passed away in 1992. They were the BEST cookies I’ve ever eaten. Even as a kid I could eat 5 at a time.
Since she’s been gone, I haven’t been able to find her exact recipe. There are definitely a lot of similar recipes out there. Many people call these cookies “haystacks”. My mother-in-law has her own recipe that she calls “monkey shit”. For our family, they have always been known as “Koko Grandma’s cookies”. With the help of Erin, I finally got a recipe that I just had to tweak a tiny bit and…voila! Once I tasted this last batch it brought me back to Sunday dinners at Grandma’s house. They tasted so good!
You may be wondering why we called my grandma “Koko Grandma”. I guess as kids, we started calling her that because she had a dog named Koko. When you have different sets of grandparents I guess it makes sense for kids to want to distinguish between them in some way. I barely even remember the dog…except that he was a Dachshund and he liked to bite us 🙂
I DO however, remember my Koko Grandma. She was one of a kind. She was a sweet lady but not the average grandma. She was super cool. I remember her dying her hair bright red all the time. In fact, I never really remember seeing her with grey hair at all. She also liked to play poker and drink beer. That’s the kind of grandma I want to be! I’ll be drinking beer until the day I die of course. She also worked at the Bay selling men’s underwear! She didn’t dress like the typical grandma either. And she was a prankster. She was always joking around with us. She had the best sense of humour 🙂 I also remember how generous she was. She spoiled us every chance she got.
She died waaaaaaaaaaay too young. I miss her all the time. But every time I eat one of these cookies, it makes me smile because it reminds me of her.
These cookies are super easy to make and they taste amazing! When I couldn’t eat dairy last year I tried making them with soy milk and vegan margarine and they DID NOT work out. This is one of the recipes that needs real butter or the cookies won’t set. Enjoy!
Koko Grandma’s Cookies
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup whole milk
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 cups quick-cooking oats
4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
In a large saucepan, combine butter, milk and sugar; bring to a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Continue boiling for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in oats, cocoa, and coconut. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper and let set for an hour.