Finding Harmony Recipe of the Week: The Magic Cookies that Almost Failed
One-Dish “Magic” Cookie Bars
I like these cookie bars because you only dirty one pan making them and that is the pan you bake them in. My husband loves these cookie bars because they are, when made right, just scrumptiously delicious and satisfying.
Usually I only make them once a year but recently I decided why make them only at Christmas (them being oh-so-calorie-laden might be one reason to limit them to once a year.)
But if you need a quick one dish wonder to take to small group, a potluck, or if company is coming over and you have these supplies in your pantry, go at it: graham crackers, chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, butter and sweetened condensed milk.
You probably already have a recipe like this, I found it once on a can of sweetened condensed milk (SCM) although my smudgy card says I got it from Good Housekeeping and Home Ec. class, which I’ve adapted over the years. I thought it was a never-fail recipe until this last Christmas.
I opened a can of the above named milk which had been in my pantry all year and it looked funny. Not creamy, it was more the color of caramel. I didn’t think it had actually spoiled, and it had not, just changed consistency. But I was desperate and already had all the other ingredients in the pan so I thought I would see if it would work. Baked at 350 degrees, even if it had spoiled, it wouldn’t kill anybody. Right?
Meanwhile, I had bought a fresh can of SCM in early December, thinking I would make another batch if those didn’t go over so well. But my husband ate them without complaining even though they were less than stellar. I didn’t have the nerve to take them to a party.
So this week (learning from my mistake that SCM eventually changes its consistency) I made another batch for some impromptu Monday night company. Still warmish from the oven, they were so rich and satisfying you could eat just one and be happy.
One Dish “Magic” Cookie Bars
1 stick butter or margarine
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)
1 cup chocolate chips (or butterscotch)
1 cup shredded coconut (I buy it in a bag)
1 15 oz can sweetened condensed milk.
Melt butter in a 9 x 12 “ cake pan in a 350 degree oven, watching carefully so it doesn’t brown. Meanwhile, crush about ¾ of one package of graham crackers in an old bread bag with a rolling pin until you have 1 ½ cups of crumbs; spread this into the melted butter in the pan, smoothing out to make a nice crumb crust.
Sprinkle nuts over crumb/butter mixture, then chocolate chips, then coconut, and top by drizzling the sweetened condensed milk over it (honestly this is the hardest part, pour slowly, and spread lightly with spatula or knife if necessary. It also melts and spreads on its own in the oven).
Bake for 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes, then cut into bars. Be sure to cut and remove within15 minutes or they stick badly to pan.
Do you make these? What are your variations? What is your favorite one-dirty-dish creation?
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