This is the recipe that my mom made for us while we were growing up. Now I make them and they are my go-to recipe when I want a quick sweet treat.
*1/16/12: The current picture is of the batch that fellow JAP member, Bonnie Dare, made today. She added chopped pecans to the mixture. Thank you so much Bonnie for letting me use your photo until I can post one of my own!
Combine all ingredients together, except the coconut and oats, in a medium saucepan; start cooking the mixture over medium heat. Lower the heat; allow the mixture to cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and add the coconut; stir until blended. Add the oats; stir until well blended. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow to cool at room temperature. Once cooled, I place them in decorative muffin/cupcake papers and store them in an airtight container.
*If you like a softer texture to the oatmeal, you can add it to the mixture during the last 2 minutes of cooking (Step 1).
~ Peanut butter (add approx. 1/3 c. to mixture while cooking)
~ Raisins, cranberries or Craisins*
~ Other dried fruits, chopped*
*You might need to decrease the amount of coconut when adding these variations.