This is my mother-in-law Juanita Hollan's recipe. We always made it together at Christmas. We would make them as gifts for friends and teachers and the like. It's been a tradition for us for many, many years. My husband would take the hammer and break the coconut and often grate his hands while doing it. It's a lot of trouble to make it from fresh coconut so . . . these days I sometimes cheat a little.
2 sticks salted sweet cream butter
2 cups sugar