Best Happiness Cookies


This recipe is adapted from a recipe that my grandma clipped from the Croatian newspaper. No, this is not a traditional Croatian cookie. I’m sure it’s American. At best, Croatian-American. But any cookie that has coconut in it is OK in my book. Plus I liked the name of the cookie. Who doesn’t want a cookie that brings best happiness?


  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 c. margarine (I used Crisco)
  • 1 c. vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (I added this)
  • 1 c. sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 c. dried coconut (I added this)
  • 1 c. oatmeal
  • 1 c. Rice Krispies
  • 1 c. chopped nuts (I used macadamia; the recipe calls for pecans)
  • 1 c. chocolate chips (I added this)


  1. Blend sugars, margarine and oil. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Add flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Then add coconut, oatmeal Rice Krispies and pecans. Mix well.
  2. Drop by teaspoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. Lightly press flat. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes.

This cookie would bring me more happiness if it was less crumbly. The vegetable oil in the recipe makes the cookie crumbly. I knew this ahead of time but was hoping somehow this cookie wouldn’t turn out the normal consistency of a vegetable oil cookie. Other than the annoying crumbly texture, the taste of this cookie is pretty great. I would suggest eating over a plate or you’ll get crumbs everywhere. Or – freeze them and eat them frozen. They’re less crumbly that way. If you’re like me and you want to avoid a crumbly cookie, swap out the vegetable oil for some butter.

Recipe rating:  1/2



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