Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Mary Lou Coble's Coconut- Oatmeal Cookies

3/4 cup soft shortening
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups regular oatmeal (not quick oats)
1 cup snipped shredded coconut
Fruit jam (strawberry, raspberry or peach)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Cream shortening and sugar until very light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract; beat well. Sift flour, soda and salt into shortening mixture. Blend well, then add rolled oats and blend well. Form dough into balls, 1 inch in diameter. (If dough is too stiff, add water as necessary, 1 teaspoon at a time.) Roll each ball in coconut. Place balls on ungreased cookie sheet. Make a slight depression in the center of each ball. Fill with jam. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a paper towel over a cake rack. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Mary Lou Coble of Rose, Nebraska, placed this recipe in the Jolly Neighbors Extension Club's handwritten cookbook during the early 1960's. I have expanded the directions a little because all the recipes were greatly condensed to fit on one side of a 3x5" recipe card. The Cobles lived southeast of Rose. I was in 4-H with their son, Bob (we called him Bobby.) I think they also had a younger son named Steve.

Another great Easy Recipe

Love At Home

There is beauty all around
When there's love at home.
There is joy in every sound
When there's love at home.

Roses bloom beneath our feet,
All the earth is a garden sweet,
Making life a bliss complete,
When there's love at home.

-- John Hugh McNaughton (1829-1891)