Coconut Oat Haystacks
Made into Easter Nests
• 1-3/4 cups granulated sugar
• 2/3 cup milk
• 1/2 cup cocoa powder
• 1/2 cup unsalted butter
• 1 pinch salt
• 1/2 tsp vanilla
• 3 cups quick cooking rolled oats, (not instant)
• 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
In large saucepan, bring sugar, milk, cocoa, butter and salt to boil over medium heat, whisking until smooth. *TIP I learned the hard way! Be sure to boil the mixture for 2mins before you remove it from the heat.
Whisk in vanilla. Stir in oats, coconut
Drop by heaping “mounds” onto parchment paper ~At this point I changed it up by shaping my mounts into nest shapes. *Use your hands for this step, after the cookies have cooled a bit and are able to be molded.
1 cup of Coconut
Little L and I put 1 cup of coconut in a baggie and put a few drops of green food coloring in with it. I sealed the baggie and gave it to little L to shake it up. We used approx. 6 drops of green to achieve the color you see in the pictures.
I spooned small amounts of the colored coconut into the “nests” and pressed it in a bit while the cookies were still not firm.
We added two jelly beans to represent eggs in the nest. When I make these again, I will add a small drop of icing to hold. #MelMar