Malted Coconut Cookies

blue bellsThe other day, it was just beautiful outside so I was having a “quiet” moment sitting out in my garden. My husband and our daughter were gone for the afternoon so our little son and I decided to spend our time together in the backyard.

He loves to water my flowers. So it being a rather hot day, I let him loose with the hose. Ummm… a 3 year old with a garden hose all to himself. You can probably imagine what went on!  A few of the flowers got watered and everything else, well…got rinsed off…pretty well.

blue bells

blue bellsDo the flowers remind you of little umbrellas? I think they do…

One summer while A. (our son)was playing with an umbrella, E. ( our daughter) was filling the blow up pool with water. One accidental squirt of water next to A. with the umbrella, and it started something…
While A. stood in the pool holding the umbrella, E. rained water down on him! And you can imagine all the squeals and laughter that went along with that fun!

Isn’t funny how kids can have so much fun doing the simplest things? Now, if my husband was standing in the pool holding an umbrella while I was shooting him with the hose, I wonder if he’d be squealing with laughter? Well, then again… maybe he would! 🙂

Malted Coconut Cookies

Into a  mixing bowl place:

      1/2 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening

      1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

      2 eggs

      2 Tablespoons milk

      1 Tablespoon molasses

      1 teas vanilla extract

      1 teas coconut flavoring

Beat this until creamy. Sift together:

      2 – 3/4 cups of flour

      1/2  cup chocolate malted milk powder

      1 teas salt

      1- 1/2  teas baking powder

      1/2 teas baking soda

Add this to the creamed mixture and beat well. Then, into a food processor place:

      2 cups of malted milk balls

Process until the balls are about the size of peas. Pour this into the above mixture. Then put into the empty bowl of the food processor:

      2 cups flaked coconut

and process until the coconut has been reduced in size ( I do this so that my kids don’t recognize the coconut in the cookies – so you can skip this part if you wish…) Pour the coconut into the above mixture and then beat until combined. The dough will appear dry and crumbly. Form into 1-1/2 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes. The cookies are done when small little cracks appear on the tops. Do not overbake. Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies. When they are cool, place them in an air tight container to keep them nice and chewy…