I played with a King Arthur flour recipe and got these crunchy buttery delights. Yum! You can use all whole wheat flour if you don't have barley flour but the barely flour gives it a milder taste. To ensure crunchiness, be sure to bake these cookies thoroughly; they should be golden brown all over, without any hint of softness in the center. They also stay rounded and don't spread much.
This is the recipe my Grandmother has been using for a very long time. She's not sure where it originated. She says the margarine is important-no subs. The original recipe has you cut the ingredients together but she achieves the same results using a mixer. These end up with a soft crumby texture.
From: "The Vegetarian Epicure" by Anna Thomas, first edition 1972. This book was a real find! When I make this I will probably add cinnamon. I don't like shredded coconut but think for those of you that do that toasted shredded coconut would be great on this.