Shredded, grated, tinted or fresh, coconut combines with a variety of ingredients to produce desserts extraordinaire.

Coconut adds an extra dimension to cakes, cookies, pies, desserts, even bread and muffins.Coconut layer cake, frosted with whipped cream and garnished with freshly grated coconut, is a traditional Southern specialty. Church potlucks, neighborhood progressive dinners and simple Sunday suppers are incomplete without a fresh coconut cake.

If you have a family favorite recipe, Southern or otherwise, featuring coconut as an ingredient, send it to the April Recipe Exchange.

Rules for submitting recipes are as follows:

1. Submit only one recipe per sheet of paper (but all can be mailed in one envelope). Include name and address with each recipe. Mail to Recipe Exchange, Deseret News, P.O. Box 1257, Salt Lake City, Utah 84110.

2. No more than three recipes will be accepted from any one person.

3. Recipes must be postmarked no later than Friday, March 17, l989.

4. If identical recipes are received, the recipe with the earliest postmark will be selected for testing.

5. Recipes will be selected and tested by a panel of home economists, with the best recipes printed in the Deseret News food section the first Tuesday in April. Readers whose recipes are selected will receive $5.

Thanks to our many students, teachers and parents who submitted recipes for "No Books Day:"

Loni Walters, Matt Reid, Dan Fullmer, Laura Zitting, Kara Glende, Ione Heaton, Michael Glauser, Amy Glauser, Brent Redd, Diana Higham, Michael Scott Foote, Shaun Kofford, Lisa Bedke, Scott Bedke, Rebecca Banner, Ben Newton, Clint, Christi Osborn, Alicia Mason, Natalie Mason, Amy Webb, Kristi Belliston, Marybel Climent, Brett Harrison, Robert Street, Joshua Spears, Lisa Lindsay, Jennifer Beazer, Alison Kjar, James Marshall, Sara Sanders, Ken Johnson, Corey Stevenson, Verna Yazzie, Kirk Soelberg, Shauna Helie and Douglas Foote.

Others were Shauna Foote, Kristian Sammann, Lisa Loveless, Stephanie Rogers, Aaron Massey, Valerie Evans, Sheila Dalley, Kathy Holmes, Sam Harward, Rich Townley, Juston Anderson, Beverly Gordon, Lacey Allen, Amie Ann Leishman, Haley, Camille Redd, Darleen Masters, Brian Bender, Ben Ritchie, Rebecca Hutchings, Randie Sue Lyon, Rex Spencer, Anna Laurie Coons, Matt Steele, Jenny Duncan, Rebecca Mason, Lenore Anderson, Lindsay Lund, Connie Samman, Matt Fitch, Melissa Larson, Brett Harrison, Dawnie Christensen, Brent Rowe, Shauna Helie, Spencer Anderson, Trevor Anderson, Kristal Redd and Jenny Bender.