Thursday, April 22, 2010

1970s No bake Coconut Orange Juice Cookies

At times I get bored baking cookies for my husband every week. To change things up, I tend to make silly recipes like these 1970s no bake "cookies" on days I can't face another cookie.

This is one of those love ‘em or hate ‘em recipes. These coconut-covered balls are intensely orange with a cookie dough consistency. I don’t happen to like most no bake cookies, and these are no exception. However, I’ve had so many requests for these darn things I’ve given up and am posting the recipe anyway.

Here you go Eric and Aunt Trina and the rest of you weird no bake cookie lovers. Enjoy!

1970s No bake Coconut Orange Juice Cookies
1 (12 ounce) box Nabisco Nilla Wafers 


3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed


1 pound powdered sugar


1/2 cup butter, half melted


1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts


1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut

1. Spread chopped nuts on a plate and microwave in 30 second increments until toasted, tossing between stops. Usually takes about 1 1/2 minutes total. Set aside to cool.

2. Crush Nilla Wafers until fine in a food processor or plastic bag. Mix wafer crumbs, orange juice, powdered sugar, butter, and chopped nuts together. Shape the mixture into walnut-size balls, and gently press in coconut.

3. Store "cookies" in the refrigerator in a covered container. Layer cookies between sheets of wax paper if stacking.

Notes: Aunt Trina thinks these would be great sans coconut and dipped in dark chocolate instead. Sounds like a good idea to me!

Original recipe source unknown. Picture by Laura Flowers.


24 comments:

Memória said...

Cool. I've never heard of these types of cookies. What a great combo of ingredients. It looks simple to make and just lovely!! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

ms stephanie said...

Wow those are awesome, they look yummy to eat. I love and enjoy making them and making a mess in the process. I <3 your blog, love it.

Love Ms Stef....

http://theadventuresofmsstephanie.blogspot.com/

Baking Barrister said...

That definitely screams 70's to me. Have you seen the collection of weight watchers recipe cards from the 70's? All sorts of weird stuff.

And I agree with your assessment of no-bake cookies. I'm not a fan--they I like a little crunch to my cookies. Plus, if I wanted cookie dough, I'd eat cookie dough.

Betty said...

yum how amazingly simple & yummy do these sound :)

Sue Sparks said...

Mmmmmm, sounds more like candy:)

Federica said...

ciao Laura! mmmm..che delizia!!!
bravissima come sempre!!

Cherine said...

mmm a lovely treat those coconut cookies!

notyet100 said...

thanks for the recipe,..

The Cooking Photographer said...

Thank-you Ms. Stephanie!

Dawn said...

Looooove nilla wafers. AND cookies that don't need to be baked so I can't mess 'em up. (Although knowing me, when it comes to cookies, I'd figure out a way)

Danielle said...

hahahahaaa!! Thats so funny cuz this if very similar to my grandmothers no-bake fruit cake and that too is a love it or hate it thing. I happen to love it LOL

Diana's Cocina said...

I think I would love ‘em!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very pretty! My mom has a bunch of no-bake cookie recipes that she loves to make... These remind me of one of those recipes.

Valen said...

I bet these are really good! I love orange flavored sweets!

M. said...

I like this recipe....it is similar to brandy balls, that are made with nabisco chocolate wafers and are my favorite no-bake cookie recipe.
Old recipe as well, very popular in the 80s, I might try yours to compare. :)

Jenn Sutherland said...

Wow - blast from the past! My mom made these every christmas, and they were always the favorite Christmas cookie! Fun to see the recipe online!

Cristin said...

Oh my gosh, my mom used to make these for EVERY occasion. I think someone turned their nose up at them for being too "retro" at one point, so she stopped... Blasphemy! They're so simple, but I love them! Thanks for posting, I know what I'm making for dessert this weekend. :)

CinnamonAndSass said...

You bake cookies for your husband every week!?! I am impressed and NOT telling my honey about this...he will start making demands lol!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Cristin so glad I could help!

Laura

The Cooking Photographer said...

Yeah Katie, I've been doing this for 2 1/2 years now... Think Jesse's work will notice if I send him with Oreos this week lol?

Laura

Jamie said...

This is just plain funny! I adore those old kitch recipes and these would be fun to make at least once. I do live Nilla Wafers though!

Anonymous said...

These cookies look easy and delicious. Do you know how many cookies this recipe yields?

The Cooking Photographer said...

Gosh I can't remember. A lot if I'm remembering correctly. More than 60 I think. I just remember scooping and scooping!

Elisabeth said...

I made these with pineapple juice instead of orange, and a wee bit of rum (okay, 1/4 cup, so if you try it, adjust the juice accordingly). ta da! pina colada balls. perfect for for my mid-august (no) bake sale. cheers!

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