In response to Joe H.'s question,
the story so far: it is still a question of whether or not the Post has ever really published the YWCA cookie recipe. They did publish a recipe concocted by a teacher who spent two years trying to duplicate the flavor. Marian Burros proclaimed the result a success, but she warned that using an oven thermometer is crucial to getting the proper result. Will work better in a gas oven. As a side note, the Y offered theirs with or without nuts. The reason given why they stopped making them is that once they moved the operation, they had trouble getting the same results, and that over time they could no longer produce the same cookie.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 1/3 cups unsifted hardwheat flour or all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 large egg
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup angel-flake coconut
1/4 cup chocolate chips
Mix together flour, soda and salt. Cream together butter, shortening and sugars. Beat in the egg
and vanilla. Blend flour into creamed mixture. Mix in walnuts, coconut and chips. Divide dough
into 12 equal parts. Flatten each part into a 3 1/2 inch round. Place on greased baking sheet and
bake on lowest shelf of oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Even if cookies look underbaked,
take them out.
If I find out more, I'll let you know.