More Chocolate and Coconut! No-bake Cookies!

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These are another favourite from my childhood.   My mom used to make these for us, and I made them for my girls. Another gluten-free treat and so easy, and so yummy.  Most recipes use a high percentage of oatmeal, but I like my cookies with lots of coconut.  I have included other optional additions which can change these cookies into something different and new.

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Chocolate Haystacks

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Dry Ingredients: (Mix in separate bowl)

2 cups shredded coconut unsweetened

2 cups oatmeal

pinch of salt

Optional additions:  1/2 cup of either dried cherries, dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, pumpkin seeds or other dried fruits or nuts of your choice

Wet Ingredients:

2 cups of sugar

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup cocoa

1/2 tsp vanilla

Place sugar, milk, butter and cocoa in a heavy saucepan.  Bring to a boil for only 3 minutes, no longer.  Add dry ingredients and vanilla and mix well to combine thoroughly.  Drop tablespoon or larger sized balls onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets.  Place in fridge to harden for half an hour.  Enjoy a simple nostalgic treat from my and my children’s childhoods Cheers, Michele