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Coconut-apricot Haystacks

Author/Submitted by: Jo Anne Merrill
Servings: 44
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1 1/2  cups  sugar
1/2  cup  margarine, not diet
1/2  cup  milk
1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
1/2  cup  unsweetened cocoa powder
3 1/2  cups  rolled oats, quick-cooking
1/2  cup  dried apricots, minced
1  cup  dried coconut, shredded
1/2  cup  nuts, chopped

Combine the sugar, margarine, milk and cocoa powder in a saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture boils. Boil 30 seconds; remove from heat. Blend in remaining ingredients, using a wooden spoon to mix well. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper; cool completely. Store with sheets of waxed paper between layers in an airtight container. Yield: 40-50 "haystacks".

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