What day is today? Crap. Let’s make this quick.
If these cookies look familiar to you, it’s because they’ve already been around the blogosphere here, here, and here. They go by many names, including seven-layer cookies, Hello Dolly bars, and magic bars, but whatever you call them, they’re damn good.
Nonni always made these for Christmas and, now, so do I. Santa seems to enjoy them. Plus, they’re the easiest cookies to make ever. I’m not sure eating 17 of them all at once is a good idea, though. I’ll let you know in about 20 minutes.
Seven-Layer Cookies (for an updated version of this recipe, go here)
Seven ingredients, seven layers. Although, there’s been some debate about whether the condensed milk should count as a “layer.” I think I need to get some other hobbies.
1 stick butter
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
Melt butter and mix with graham cracker crumbs. Press into bottom of 8x8-inch pan. Sprinkle chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and walnuts over crust. Sprinkle coconut over the top. Pour condensed milk evenly over everything. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until coconut gets brown and toasty in spots. Cool slightly, then cut into small squares.
You can also use a 9x13-inch pan. The cookies will be flatter but you’ll end up with more. Nonni always made these dense, towering cookies, and so that’s what I like.
Dora [Barbaresi] Donroe
New Haven, Connecticut
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