Saturday, January 14, 2012

Old Fashioned Italian Likamias with Tina Radcliffe!

Once again, Tina Radcliffe brings you quick and easy. This recipe comes from the Italian archives. In fact for you historians, it comes from the Sicilian branch, the Barreca and Privitera family. We call it Likamias, however those of us who cannot wrap their tongue around the name simply call them Aunt Gracie’s cookies.

Assemble your ingredients:

2 cups sugar
½ cup cocoa
½ cup butter
½ cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
½ tsp. salt
3 cups quick oatmeal
1 cup shredded coconut

Here’s a photo of our new beaker. The other one retired from over use. You can have your own from Amazon here.  
Bring vanilla, sugar, cocoa, butter, salt and milk to a bubbling boil. Boil for 2 minutes and no more. Remove from heat . At this point you have to work quickly so have your coconut and oatmeal measured out and ready to add. Stir fast.

Working quickly as chocolate will harden, drop onto waxed paper by teaspoon fulls. I use a small ice cream scoop. Makes 2 dozen large or 4 dozen small cookies.
Caveat: It is best not to make this on a humid day or the cookie will not set up. I ran out of quick oats and used regular this time, chewy but still delicious.

Look at how nicely you can gourmet up an old fashioned recipe!
Tina Radcliffe is the author of The Rancher’s Reunion and Oklahoma Reunion, (Harlequin Love Inspired).
Tina Radcliffe


  1. "Like-A-Meee-as?"

    As in "I like-a-you, you like-a-me???"

    Teenster, I've got a similar recipe and they're a huge success at holiday time or whenever I'm baking. Although I love that these 'no bakes' are just that! Thank you so much for being here today because I know you've been working KILLER HOURS.... and I'm so proud of you getting up early on a Saturday and hanging with us.

    (she is not really up. It's the middle of the night there. I'm just building her up so she'll know how LOVED she is. Really)

    1. Tina, these sound amazing! I have NO clue how to pronounce the name but whatever, it's the taste that matters. They contain two of my favorite things - coconut and chocolate! And the oatmeal makes them healthy, right? ;)

      Sorry to hear you've been working such killer hours. Hope you get some rest this weekend.

      Mary Curry

    2. Okay, since when does blogger allow you to reply to individual comments. I wasn't trying to do that though.

  2. Ruthy, I think you have the pronunciation right (at least according to how I would do it if I was pretending to be Italian). :)

    Tina, these remind me of cookies I used to make with my friends when I was a teenager. I lost that recipe so will have to try these! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I think this gives us permission to shelve the diet, right????

    Or was it the stupid fry cake I couldn't resist yesterday?

    Dagnabbit. I love food. And I've got a quiet house, so I'm working on a scene from His Mistletoe Family... Right now. Loving being able to work with no one around.

  4. Simple, quick, kind of cookie!

    I also have a similar recipe, but it doesn't include the coconut. I know my dear husband will think he's died and gone to heaven when he tastes one of these!

    And believe or not, I even have coconut left over from Christmas baking :)

  5. Jumping up and down with excitement here! I LOVED these cookies when I was a kid -- first I ever learned to make but I lost the recipe and haven't been able to find it...until now! Yeehaw! And I have all the ingredients except the coconut, but I can get that on the way home (I'm a work). Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. They are yummy. My husband asked me to stop making them. I have made them twice since Christmas...but only because he eats them all.

  7. Tina, I love these cookies! I've been making these cookies since I was 10 yrs. old. They were probably the first things I ever made.

  8. Tina, these were scary easy to make. I can see why your husband asked you to stop.

    Also, I didn't have to worry about them hardening too fast because I was eating them as I went. Ooops, was I not supposed to do that?

    Also, the scent as the hot chocolate hit the coconut! AMAZING.

    I'm not supposed to bake them, right? Just eat them as they harden (or before;) ) Too late now.


  9. What I remember most is the smell of butter and sugar melting with cocoa in it. I used to spoon that out of the pan and eat it by itself. :)

  10. Yeah, Mary. Apparently, they've changed Blogger! It allows you to comment directly on a comment. Plus, you can also edit your own comments. (That may just be for blog owners).

  11. I know, isn't this weird? Reply? Delete? Whatever, Mr. Blogger. How about a note next time, eh????

    Teena, I can see Tom begging you to stop... "Please, Teeeeena, don't make cookies!"

    Dave doesn't eat sweets. Almost ever. STinkin' un-American, isn't it? Because if I make something, it sits there staring at ME...Mary, you did the right thing, why wait until they get stale? Eat rapidly and repent at leisure. I think that's the only sensible way to go.

    Teeena, can you share the recipe for those spicy Chocolate cookies your mom made for me? Please. Soon. And DON'T TELL everyone that she makes them and keeps them in the freezer, it's okay if they all think she did it special for ME... I like feeling special.

  12. ooh they have oatmeal in them that means they're healthy! :-)

    ok I gotta have one of those beaker thingies..gotta gotta gotta! I'm tossing stuff in my kitchen and I'm so sick of plastic junk - not that all my plastic is junk but a lot of it is! of course I don't have the glass measuring thingy because one of the doggies knocked it off the counter - my fault for not only leaving it on the counter but for defrosting the frozen ground beef in the microwave in it..stupid me.


  13. ooh look at this little cutie! found a new use for shot glasses I guess! put lines on them and call them measuring thingies!

  14. oops sorry don't know why it didn't make a link! guess I didn't leave enough space :-(

  15. Susanna,

    Deep breath and step away from the chocolate.

  16. Those are top secret cookies, Ruthy. Can't share that recipe without reprisal.

  17. Actually those are adorable little measuring glasses, Susanna.

  18. These cookies are EVIL, Tina.

    I made them and I ate them. And ate and ate and ate.

    And now I head back to my diet.

  19. I did sort of warn you. LOL.