Coconut Drop Cookies


Yesterday when I found out that Kathy was coming over with her four kids I got to work making COOKIES.

It has become very important to me to have homebaked treats in the house. 

When I read of someone’s food memories about the women in their life, it touches a chord in me because I understand that feeling.

I think of an elderly lady that I used to care for, she was 98, and she repeated the same stories over and over to me.  One of the stories was about her homemade ketchup. . not just about the ketchup, but about the neighborhood children who would come to her house and say, “Can I have a piece of your homemade bread with some homemade ketchup?”  It’s a funny food combination, but after all those years, here was an old lady at the end of her life, remembering the little children who loved her cooking.

( I remember:  Grandma’s cookies, Grandma’s chicken, Mom’s brownies and everything else she makes, Aunt Mary’s cookies, Aunt Carol’s sweet potato casserole, Aunt Colleen’s iced tea and cucumber sandwiches.)

It’s a way to show love, you know!  In the kitchen!  It’s also a way to make really good memories. 

That’s what I want.  I want my friend’s little ones to grow up and come visit me and say, “I remember those muffins you used to make”. . . . “I remember those cookies”.  

It also makes the house smell delicious!

I want to be remembered for my (simple, homebaked, full of love)- food.


Coconut Drop Cookies (from the April/May issue of Taste of Home)

1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups old fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening and sugars.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.  Combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in coconut and walnuts.

Drop by rounded tablespoons 3 in. apart onto greased cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 for 11-14 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool for 2 minutes before removing to cooling racks.  Store in airtight container.  Yield: 5 dozen

Do you have a food memory? 


0 thoughts on “Coconut Drop Cookies

  1. YUMMY…My fond memeories are my Nana’s yummy whoppie pies and then of course Sunday dinners (actually lunch time), everything made from scratch right down to the bisquits and butter

  2. I have really great baking recipes I want to try, but dh MUST stop buying stuff at the store.  We would have way too many sweets if I baked after he shopped.  Sigh.  I think it’s nice you try to have homemade stuff for your company.

  3. Mom would make snow ice cream.
    Every Sunday we would come back from church and the house smelled like spaghetti sauce she had simmering in the crock pot.
    Grandma’s carrot jello
    Being able to drink soda at birthday parties
    Ice cream socials at church…so many years ago.
    Julie’s Banana bread, seems like there was never a time when she didn’t make it.

  4. Every year at Christmas time, we got to help my momma bake a ton of cookies – at least three different kinds!  We had so much fun, cooking and laughing and talking.  When we were young, it felt great to be allowed to help momma.  When we grew a bit older, it was a bonding thing.  Now, I love to sit in the kitchen and talk to my momma when she’s cooking. 
    On Saturdays before my parents divorced, my dad would make a “big” breakfast – pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, french toast, waffles – not all at once, but it was so great to wake up to the smell of breakfast cooked by my daddy!

  5. I have many of the same food memories…I still love grilled chicken in my mom’s marinade.  It is a bonding thing in our family.  That is what we are going to have to make for the reunion in August.  Family foods is also one of the reasons that I started the family cookbook.  So even though we don’t live at “home” any more we can still have the memories brought back with our favorite foods. 
    My favorite foods/memories….snickerdoodles (made with my special niece – I can’t make them without thinking of her), my mom’s mac-and-cheese (it is now one of my kids favorites and what I fix for them when Rog and I go out for dinner), my mom’s sweet-rolls & dinner rolls (one of the reasons I tried so hard to duplicate them before she passed)  Holidays would not be the same to me without those rolls.

  6. Food definitely creates many memories. I remember as a little girl my grandma making us pancakes for dinner, we would go to her house every Saturday to play cards and eat pancakes. I also remember every Sunday morning before church my mom would make a special breakfast, pancakes, waffles, french toast, eggs, and bacon. Before my parents got divorced I remember his cooking, I always told him he should open his own restaurant because everything he made was delicious. I still love to go back home to enjoy my parents cooking. I got lucky to marry into a family that can cook too :), so there will be many more memories to come.

  7. I love food, this will be fun!
    Moms: roast beef dinners, french toast, “ca-ca cake”, cherry pies for my b-day, homemade rolls-breadsticks-bread, blueberry muffins, best of all THANKSGIVING DINNER!
    Grandma Gohl: ham dinners, cinnamon rolls, BBQ chicken.
    Maybe thats why i love to cook so much!!
    Great post Shan.

  8. Yummy, wish we could smell your baking over xanga My mom made Hermit cookies, they were soft and chewy, filled with rasins, dates, nuts and spices…they smelled like christmas. We walked home from school, and that was our favorite treat to have with milk or hot tea when we finally arrived home.

  9. I remember whoppie pies…. only we called them “Gobs” my MIL would make them for the kids and the first time we made them at home, I told my girls we’re making gobs. they laughed and laughed…”what are GOBS?” they said giggling!they still make fun of me about it.Your cookies look and sound wonderful.

  10. I have memories of my grandmas, making chocolate pie, homemade banana pudding, chicken and dumplings, seafood gumbo, mexican cornbread, oh the list could go on and on. Sweet memories were made and I loved every minute of being in their homes, smelling the wonderful aroma that just spoke “home and love”. All the foods tasted amazing and to this day, I beg my grandmas to make some of this when I visit them. I remember coming home from church, and being so hungry, sitting down at my grandma’s table, with her pot roast, fresh green beans, fresh sliced tomatoes, creamy mashed potatoes,  homemade rolls, and of course, my favorite, chocolate pie. I lived for that meal. Thanks for leading me down memory lane. I have been praying for God to give me a passion to create this in my home, a place of sweet memories and love. Thanks for sharing Shanda.

  11. With great fondness, I remember my grandma’s chicken and noodles and her very creamy mashed potatoes, all “made from scratch:, of course.  At my other grandma’s, I remember Grandpa making us grape floats with vanilla ice cream in a glass topped with Grape Crush pop.  That grandma always made her meals look “pretty like in a magazine.”  Grandpa had a whole drawer in the kitchen, filled with candy ~ circus peanuts, horehound candy (for my great-grandma), orange slices, Brach’s pink candies, and those soft-white chews with fruit-colored bits in them.  There were also flat chocolate patties covered with white sugar pebbles ~ I adored those.  I miss my grandparents so very much.

  12. My grandmother made what she called a “poor man’s fruit cake” — it was like a spice cake loaded with just raisins and icing on top — a 9X13 cake probably weighed 5 lbs!!!!!!  It was sooooooo good.   My mom used to make us tomato gravy on mashed potatos — I think it was probably just thickened tomatos but it sure was good.  She makes great meatloaf and roast beef with mashed potatoes — I’ll match her up with Martha any day!!!

  13. Oh there’s so much. Most of my memories center around being allowed to help. I have so many happy memories of my mom letting me help her in the kitchen. Now I love to cook with my girls and I hope those will be very happy memories they will take with them forever.

  14. RYC: I love Xanga, it’s not that.  It’s just me being childish and hormonal and I just don’t feel like it’s a fit for me for some reason.  I won’t say much more on here, I don’t want to sound like a goon.

  15. Food memories: Grandma Mast–People were always welcome at her house. She never made fancy food, but she could cook up a spur of the moment meal in a matter of minutes. I remember her “church cookies”. She was born into an Amish family. The Amish have VERY long church services, and their benches are backless, so you can imagine how the children start squirming. So, they had a tradition. There was a certain kind of cookie they would make and pass around half way through the service for the children. Church cookies. She always put one chocolate chip or one red hot in the middle of each one. Grandma Stoltzfus–her buckets and buckets of cookies…especially Monster Cookies and Molassas Cookies. Yummmy.Mom…She always made us birthday cakes from the cut-up cake book. We would look through the book and choose our cake, and she’d make these wonderful cakes which we got to help decorate with lots of candy. I felt like a queen every time my birthday came. And when mom would make cookies or cake, she would always let us “lick the beater”.

  16. oh yeah, I’ve got lots of food memories!  I remember many times the whole family piling in the car to go buy a 25ยข block of ice from the ice vending machine at the gas station.  When we got home daddy would put the ice in an old burlap bag and smash it with a sledge hammer.  Then we would hand crank homemade icecream made with my mom’s  “cooked with egg” icecream recipe made with milk and cream from our own cow.  And it was so much fun to make homemade rootbeer every summer—mix it up, use the big old antique bottle capper to to cap it, and then store it in the pump house.  Finally it was ready to make rootbeer floats!  And there were (are) my mom’s homemade gooey cinnamon rolls.  She’s 82 now and gives her grandkids coupons for their birthdays which they can redeem for any homebaked goodies that they choose.  They always choose her homemade gooey cinnamon rolls.  And her fried chicken and gravy…….oh my!   And she could whip up a batch of old fashioned fudge or divinity in just minutes, it seemed.  If I am leaving a legacy of food memories for my kids (and I hope I am) I think it will be my biscuits, cornbread, icecream cakes (most requested birthday cake), blackberry pie (dh picks the berries in our pasture and we freeze them for pies all year long), homemade pretzels (we make these together and the kids make their pretzels to spell their names :o)  I’m starting this with my grandkids now, and my 17 and 20 year old daughters still like to make pretzels, too :o)…and cookies.  When my kids were all still at home I made 10 dozen cookies a week!  
    Thanks for a great post…wish I had thought of this topic myself!  And thanks for the recipe, too.  Gwen

  17. My Grandma lived across the street from us when I was growing up, and she would often call to say that “Grandma’s Kitchen” was open and to come right over. Her rice pudding was THE BEST!  My Mom, while a great cook in her own right, was famous in our family for her fried egg sandwiches.  We used to tell her that she needed to open a diner and sell the fried egg sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup. 
    My legacy apparently lies in Dorito casserole, and pies.  (My son will agree with the casserole part, but find it hard to remember when I actually “cooked” anything else! haha)
    Thanks for causing us to pause to remember….  ~Karen~

  18. Oh my goodness could I go on and on!  What a great post shan!
    Food Memories:
    Grandma Gohl:  Marinated Chicken, homemade pizza, rolls, sweet rolls, holiday cookies, Peas and pearl onions, potatoe salad, I love watching grandma mix cookies with a spoon. She was so vigorous and fast.  I immitate that now and when someone’s around I say–I get that from my grandma. 
    Mom:  Roast Beef Dinners, German Chocolate cake, oatmeal raisin cookies, brown sugar and soy pork chops, taco casserole, corn cassersole, home made soups, stir fry, her willingness to try things new all the time.  I don’t know anything my mom tried that wasn’t a hit.  When my mom cooks for people it is always filled with love and joy and it gives her so much joy.
    Erika:  Snickerdoodles, my troufles for my wedding, Quiche, all of those wonderful peice of art with food and sugar.  After all, she is a pastry chef.  She’s even made her own recipes.  I’ve never seen anything she tried that didn’t come out almost perfect.  I admire her ability and creativity.
    Aunt Carol:  The green salad!  Candy cane cookies!
    Whenever I make banana bread I think of my cousin Melissa.  I can still remember vividly baking it with her on summer vacation at her house.
    Great Grandma Gohl:  Copper Pennies, Seafood salad.  Talk about a woman who always was treating you with food when you came to visit.  When you had dinner with her she would offer you everything in her fridge.  And don’t forget her love for Schwans ice cream among other things.
    Okay I’ll stop now.  Good thing I already ate!

  19. ryc: You can find the book on e-bay. The one my mom had is Baker’s Cut-Up Cakes Party book, 1973. There are other ones available too. One person scanned one of the books and you can find that at didn’t like coconut, so we always just used frosting to decorate rather than putting the tinted coconut on top. Looking back, the cakes probably weren’t really that much as far as works of art, but because we got to choose the one we wanted, and help decorate it…wow…so special.

  20. What a sweet friend to make cookies for your guests. Food is part of many of my good memories. Mom’s ham, beans and cornbread, my Mom’s chilli, homemade chocolate chip cookies (still warm) Homemade ice cream. mmmmmmm…..

  21. My mom makes sort sour cream cookies for every event,at the school bake sales they sold out first,the cooks at school asked me for the recipe and I was honored!!!

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