April 26, 2012

Hello Dolly Bars (aka Seven Layer and Magic Cookie Bars)

These potluck tradition bars are so yummy. The condensed milk makes them sweet and gooey while the chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts add richness and texture. Enjoy!

1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (about 9 cookie sheets)
4 TBS butter, melted
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
 ¼ to ½  cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350°.

Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; cut off excess parchment paper around top edge of pan.

Place crumbs in a medium bowl. Drizzle with butter and toss with a fork until moist. Gently pat mixture into an even layer in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crumb mixture. Top evenly with coconut and walnuts. Drizzle milk evenly over top. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly around edges. Cool completely on wire rack.

Notes: These bars can create a sticky mess in the pan, so it's crucial to line it with parchment paper. Because the milk needs to seep into the graham cracker crumbs, don't pack the crumbs too tightly in the bottom of the pan.

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