Chocolate & Coconut Clusters

Chocolate & Coconut Clusters

When I was about 4 years old my mother made finger foods for the church on every odd Sunday. These are one of the recipes she made. Like any typical kid I especially wanted to help her make these blobs of chocolate heaven. Constantly I was told to keep my fingers out of the sweet, thick mixture but how could I resist? At least I got to lick the pot out afterwards. During sermons all I could think about was my “sjokolade jungle oat koekies”, wishing the dominie (reverend) would come to a conclusion. Any conclusion, even if we all burn in hell I simply didn’t care for as long as I could eat my “koekies” first I will die happy.

When the sermon finished at last I would race downstairs to the eating hall and wait impatiently as the women dawdled getting all the food ready. When the cling film was removed I pounced. Bliss.

Therefore I think this recipe is great for getting kids to start cooking, with supervision of course. This is a hit at birthday parties!

Chocolate & Coconut Clusters
Makes 16 clusters – Cooking: 5 mins

Chocolate & Coconut Clusters

Ingredients
  • 60ml (¼ cup) butter
  • 250ml (1 cup) sugar
  • 60ml (¼ cup) cocoa
  • 60ml (¼ cup) milk
  • 500ml (1½ cup) oats
  • 125ml (½ cup) dessicated coconut
  • 1ml (¼ teaspoon) vanilla essence
Method
  1. Melt the butter, and then add the sugar, cocoa and milk in a pot.

Butter, Cocoa, Milk & Sugar

  1. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes.

Boil the Chocolate mixture

  1. Add the oats, coconut and vanilla to the mixture.

Add the oats, coconut and vanilla

  1. Make sure to stir the concoction thoroughly.

Stir the chocolate mixture

  1. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet. Leave to cool.
Notes
  • Use a pot with a small surface area because the mixture can dry very quickly. If you’re not quick on your feet and leave it on the stove too long after it has been mixed, you will end up with a granola effect.

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Comments

  1. says

    Jeanne, I forgot about these clusters until I paged through a Cook and Enjoy It/Kook en Geniet. I rewrote the original recipe and included more oats as well. Any feedback would be highly appreciated.

    • Hermine says

      Michelle, you’re my hero! I’m 36 weeks pregnant, and woke up this morning with a craving for these! My folks gave me the “Klein Kook en Geniet” when I was 6, and that has been my favourite recipe. Immediately going to introduce my toddler to this – he’ll love helping out!

  2. Wendy says

    My daughter asked for these cookies to be made just for Christmas. Couldn’t find my recipe anywhere. I have been searching the net for over an hour for this exact recipe. Thank you for posting the picture
    I new I had the right one but my children call them Chocolate Cow Plops because my husband require them to be made “Man size” This has been the joke for years. Have a Merry Christmas, I know I will

  3. ALISSA says

    WAY WAY WAY too much oats!!! i followed the recipe exactly and i now have chocolate granola in a bowl. i guess it will be good for breakfast but there’s no way that this pot will be cookie material… not enough chocolate to hold the cookies together!

  4. says

    Kevin: It sure is!

    Alissa: I’m sorry you’ve had a bad experience with the recipe. After your comment I experimented again and found that less oats do make a moister and more manageable mix. The recipe has now been updated with some notes. Thanks for your feedback. It’s greatly appreciated.

  5. says

    Tried this one and loved it. Now I’m hooked. Great post and great photos too! Hope that you would feature more and more yummy, tasty and delicious chocolate recipes. I’ve added this on top of my list of chocolate recipes. Thanks for posting this..

    –Stephen

  6. Dave says

    My family has been making this for many years. When asked what she was cooking my aunt told us kids it was “Dog Food”. The name stuck to this day.

    Sometimes coconut and sometimes not. But there is not too much oats in this recipie! The problem is the 5 minute boiling time. Once the mixture reaches a rolling boil I time it at ONE minute. Any less and they may not set. Any more and you get the “granola” problem or maybe just hard cookies.

    You are boiling sugar. Follow the recipie, but cut way back on the boiling time to ONE minute.

  7. Vanessa says

    Oh WOW! I have been looking for this recipe since my eldest was born almost 6 years ago! I absolutely love these! Thank you so much! I can’t imagine my or my childrens childhood without them :-)

  8. Twila says

    I made these and they are SUPER sticky…. do I just need to let them set longer? (it’s been 1.5 hrs) My 2 y.o. won’t touch them because they are so messy, lol. But 3.5 y.o. and I are licking the mess of spoons!

  9. Lizelle Levengood says

    Yeay! Dankie vir die resep! Ek is nou vanoggend lus daarvoor en is seker my man het dit nognooit gehad nie. Ek en my sussie het dit altyd op laerskool ver R2 ‘n sakkie verkoop. :) Hierdie is ‘n kleintyd resep wat alle kinders moet hê.
    Groete Lizelle

  10. Adele Ferreira says

    Baie dankie! Ander het dit ook reeds genoem, maar ek het met hierdie prentjie (herinnering) in my kop begin google, en is so bly om die resep te kon vind. Was dit nie vir die onweerstaanbare foto nie, sou ek dit dalk kon mis. Dis beslis iets wat ook deel van my seuns se kinderjare moet wees. Baie, baie dankie!

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