Name the Cookies Formerly Known as Spider Cookies

I do not think I have ever posted about cookies before, but here goes (and yes today was a slow news day around the House of Brent).

The other day I mentioned making spider cookies and received a few ‘gross’ comments, people thinking that I was maybe eating sugar-coated spiders, I guess. Which would be kind of yucky.

But in fact I had made a type of cookie I used to eat as a kid. We always called them spider cookies (I don’t know why).

What follows is the recipe I used. Let me know in comments what you think would make a better name (chocolate macaroon cookies might be their official name though there is some dispute here, figure its safer just to invent a new label instead of getting involved in a nasty cookie turf war).

By the way these things are ridiculously delicious and not good for you in the least. I advise you not to make them if you are at all concerned about your health.

Recipe for the cookies formerly known as Spider cookies:

2 cups brown sugar (I used Cane Sugar instead, just because)
1/2 c. milk (I used Soy Milk instead because one kid is allergic to dairy)
1/2 c. butter (Used dairy free margarine instead)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 c. cocoa
1 c. coconut (flakes)

Combine sugar, milk, butter/margarine and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil gently for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla, rolled oats, cocoa and coconut.
Drop by teaspoons on waxed paper and cool.

Brent’s comments: These are very sweet, I used sweetened coconut but I’m sure you could get away with unsweetened. I was also considering reducing the sugar a bit so I don’t feel quite so guilty every time I eat one. I keep them in the freezer, they can be eaten straight from that, no need to thaw since they don’t really freeze.

(Source recipe found here)
(Updated version of recipe with comments in my online cookbook)

I promise this will be my last food post.