Retro Electric Gifts- Coconut Squares

In the late 60's and early 70's my local power company San Diego Gas & Electric had a home economics department. Every year they published a holiday recipe booklet and I have quite a few of them. The picture is their centerfold of gifts ideas. I don't know too many people who would be thrilled with a can opener or iron as a gift. I had to look at the item in the lower right corner several times before it dawned on me that is is an old style hair dryer with cap. I had one of those a long time ago.

Here is a bar cookie recipe from one of the booklets:

Coconut Squares

"Chewy cookies in two layers with brown sugar in the bottom, coconut in the top"
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup sifted flour
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnut
1/4 cup sifted flour
1 cup brown sugar packed
Cream butter and 1/2 brown sugar together in large bowl of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add flour and mix well. Pat into greased 13x9x2-inch pan. Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 12 minutes. Meanwhile, beat eggs lightly in mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Spread evenly on baked base in pan. Put back into oven and bake 20 additional minutes. Cool 10 minutes. Cut into 24 squares. Cool in pan.

1 comment:

Kathy said...

Rochelle, I have some Christmas booklets from Houston Lighting & Power from that time period too. Wasn't it nice when the utility companies sent their customers something besides the bill?