Those No-Bake Chocolate, Oatmeal Coconut Things; Quick Chocolate Drops; Chocolate Dainties; Haystacks; Fiddle Diddles; and the not so appetizing… Turd Cookies. Are your taste buds quivering with anticipation or revulsion?
For a lot of people these cookies are old familiar friends, but for the uninitiated, here’s what you need to know. They don’t require any baking and use ingredients that were staples in every kitchen about 25 years ago. (Wow I can’t believe I just typed “25 years”! Am I ever dating myself!)
These tasty, chewy treats were regular attendees at church events. You could pretty much guarantee they’d pop up at all community events and wedding showers.
Like puffed wheat cake, the popularity of these cookies has languished. I think it’s time our taste buds take a stroll down memory lane.
My family called them Fiddle Diddles. I don’t know where the name came from. It wasn’t the name at the top of the recipe in the cook book, but as a kid it was fun to say.
I took a big interest in baking at an early age and these were the first cookies I learned to make; probably because my mother didn’t have to worry about any potential oven mishaps. She just had to ensure no fires started on the stove top. (I only remember starting a fire on the stove once and that was when I was an adult in my own kitchen…and it was an accident…but I digress.)
Any time I wanted to bake, Fiddle Diddles were the cookie of choice. They had everything you needed for a successful cookie. From my perspective they were sweet and chocolaty and you experienced close to instant gratification since they required zero oven time – just drop them on waxed paper, wait about ½ an hour and voila…cookies!
From my mother’s perspective they provided oat fiber, cleverly hidden in the guise of a sweet, chocolate treat. So there you have it a cookie everyone can agree on.
Here’s the recipe, I’ll leave the name choice up to you. J
Put the following ingredients in a medium sized pot:
2 cups white sugar
3 tbsp. cocoa
½ cup milk
½ cup butter
Pinch of salt
Mix together and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 ½ minutes.
Remove from heat.
3 cups oatmeal (either regular or quick cooking rolled oats will work - don't pre-cook it, just dump in the plain, raw oats)
1 cup coconut
1 tsp. vanilla
When completely mixed drop by spoonfuls on waxed paper and cool.
Do you remember these cookies? What did your family call them? Click on "comments" below to share your thoughts.