Cookies to Bake (or No-bake) if You Don't Have a Mixer

Requested by @katvetrano, and I'm here to help you.
  1. You know, people baked cookies long before mechanical mixers were invented.
    Get yourself a good arm workout and cream that butter and sugar in a bowl with a wooden spoon like your ancestors did. Make sure your butter is room temperature or you'll throw in the towel quickly. Chocolate chip cookies are a favorite to make without a mixer.
  2. Here's a simple, old-time, no bake confection from Fannie Farmer (google her).
    It's called "Coconut Chocolate Clusters". The recipe calls for pecans, but I omit, because I prefer Mounds Bars over Almond Joys.
  3. You'll need:
    3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk, 1 tsp vanilla, a dash of salt, 2 cups sweetened coconut and 1 cup pecan pieces (or not).
  4. Melt the chocolate and the sweetened condensed milk in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir to combine til incorporated and smooth.
  5. Stir in the salt and vanilla.
  6. Stir in the coconut and pecans, if using
  7. Drop by teaspoons (or tablespoons for a bigger bite) onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. They're going to look a little like haystacks.
  8. Refrigerate til firm.
  9. Try to resist eating them all.