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.