Remember when Family and Consumer Science was called Home Economics, or as the cool kids called it, “Home Ec”?
I guess I’m dating myself. When I was in high school, we called it Home Ec and there, I learned some things about sewing and cooking (my Mom definitely taught me a lot more about both). I am sure that there were other important things we were taught in class but I only remember goofing around and laughing a lot- probably good to be doing around an oven or a sewing machine.
Halfway across the country, my husband also took a Home Ec class in high school. He learned how to make oatmeal cookies and twenty years later, he still has the recipe card printed from a ditto machine, so much did he fall in love with these cookies.
As a chocolate lover, I have always preferred classic chocolate chip over oatmeal when it comes to cookies.
Over the years, Pa and I have placed bets on which cookies will be more popular at family functions- his or mine. He always wins.
He brought them to a work cooking competition? They won a prize.
Now he refers to them as award-winning cookies.
I have come to appreciate these cookies more and more, especially as my affinity for coconut grows.
Home Ec Oatmeal Cookies
These are a chewy cookie and the addition of coconut takes them to another level.
1 stick butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
1 cup quick-cooking oatmeal
1 cup coconut
+Assemble anyone who may want to help out (or just look cute)
+Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
+Add vanilla and mix
+Slowly add dry goods to creamed mixture
+Remove from baking sheets and cool on cooling racks