Thursday, April 26, 2012

Grandma Pat's Mountain Bars

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The little girls are being really naughty lately. To me, that's a sure sign of boredom.

So I decided to try some baking with them today.  Nothing like some fun in the kitchen to get them working together and not having fits having fun.

I started with this

Smile but not too much smile
She was relatively cooperative. Aside from sticking her fingers in everything. Good thing these will only be eaten by family.

And this:

Sadly, even after our "fun" in the kitchen, Punky Brewster is still acting desperately in need of a nap. Or a time out. I think I might take the time out.

The recipe we started with today comes from a church cookbook. I'm not going to call it old because I have recipes in it. It's just well used. At least these two pages

These start out like most No Bake Cookies:

milk, sugar, cocoa powder, butter
Once it bubbles up, I change the recipe just enough that neither my mom nor my mother in law would ever consider eating them. I add coconut. Yet, we still call them Grandma Pat's Mountain Bars. One day, maybe they'll consider them mine and not grandma's. Then, the usual rolled oats. And, drop them on to waxed paper to cool.

The funny thing about these cookies is most people make them in the summer when the cookie cravings hit and it's too hot to heat up the house. We don't make them in the summer at all! It's TOO HOT! The cookies just turn into a sticky mess. These are definitely spring time and fall cookies. You know, when it's only in the mid 80s.

Grandma Pat's Mountain Bars

2 C sugar
3-4 T cocoa powder
1/2 C milk 
1/2 C margarine
1/2 C Peanut Butter
1/2 t vanilla
dash salt
1 C shredded coconut
4 C rolled oats

In a medium sauce pan, heat sugar, cocoa powder, milk and margarine to a boil. Let boil 2-3 minutes. Stir in Peanut Butter, vanilla and dash of salt. Add in Coconut. Turn off heat and quickly add in rolled oats. 


  1. Oh my.... those sound yummy! I'm going to switch out the pb with almond butter (allergy to peanuts here) and use gluten free oats, because we're GF. Can't wait to try them.... thanks for sharing!

  2. But you can't taste the coconut if there is any in the real mountain bars!

  3. Yum! Those look good. And I am totally with you with kids in the kitchen. It always seems like a good idea at first.. until you are about halfway in.

  4. I love your sense of humor...and the cookies sound really good even if they do have coconut in them.
    I totally believe in seasonal meals and treats, but my husband thinks all of it should be year round.
    Thanks for sharing your recipe and the laughs with us as Show & Tell

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  5. These sound delish! I can't wait to try them. In fact I think these are the perfect recipe for my teens to make.

    Thanks for sharing,

  6. These sound great, and cooking with your kids can be so fun (sometimes haha)

    Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday! We hope you'll be back again next week!

    -Four Sisters

  7. Ha! I totally make these sort of cookies in the summer. We only have 2 weeks of actual hot weather and it's not really THAT hot compared to other places. I have a peanut butter variation that we're big into. It makes them slightly less sweet. And I like coconut, but somehow I have a hard time adding it to things that I fell in love with in the original form. :) Another thanks for the link up to Pin-ed it, Made it.

  8. HAHAHAHA!!! So many projects I started with my son...
    The cookies sound interesting!!! I LIKE coconut and oatmeal!

  9. I love no-bake cookies and I LOVE coconut, why didn't I put the two together? Ooh, now you've got me thinking, what about just chocolate with orange zest or even lavender?

    Totally a Mormon cookbook! I have 4 years worth of those, I wasn't aware they all used the same format, haha!


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