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ISO recipe "beaver houses" drop cookie (cooked sugar, cocoa, oats, coconut, walnuts)

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this is an old late 1960's - early to mid 1970's recipe from the young people's magazine called something like Golden Magazine. I think the younger kids read "Jack and Jill" magazine.

anyway - it is a drop cookie that you make on the stovetop (no baking) - and drop on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet by the spoonful.

it consisted of white granulated sugar, and cocoa powder. Cook in a saucepan to a boil - for X minutes. Remove from heat, add some vanilla extract, some flaked uncooked oats, some long-thread coconut, some walnuts

no eggs or flour or soda or anything like that. It might have had a BIT of salt in it

definitely NO rice crisp cereal or anything like that - i'm pretty sure of it.

any ideas for a more exact recipe?

thank you.

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  1. oh - i forgot to say i am sure there was a bit of butter and milk too - in the cooked sugar - cocoa mix at the beginning of the process

    1. I have seen similar recipes from time to time. Considering the current slang connotation of "beaver", I assume these treats have been renamed. Have you tried searching using terms like "no-bake cookie" along with key ingredients?

      1. both seem to match your description...



        1. They sound much like what my MIL calls 'frogs'. This recipe seems to fit the description.


          1. Oh, so you're looking for a recipe for those dam cookies.


            Yes, I think they've been renamed, but my brain is stuck on "haystacks" -- could that be it?

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            1. re: sunshine842

              that's funny, Sunshine

              thank you everyone - will check out these suggestions