Pretend it is 1966. You can skip the bouffant, and plastic sofa covers. OK, so it is 1966, the weather is awful, and you want to "bake" cookies. Just for the record, my mother never made haystacks, but everyone else's mother did-sometimes their dad made them as well. Anyone could make these, except my mother, who probably, really couldn't. I'm confident you can manage these, and as a bonus, they won't heat up the kitchen.
From Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies, 1966
You Will Need:
2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk (I used 2%)
1/2 cup margarine (you could use butter-it was .39 a pound, so I'm using marg this week)
3 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a saucepan bring sugar, cocoa, milk, and margarine to a boil over medium heat, stirring. Remove from heat, stir in remaining ingredients. Drop quickly from a teaspoon onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Cool. Pretend it is 1966.