This recipe has much going for it. I try to whip up a batch near the beginning of the holiday season to have on hand (they freeze well) for anytime I need to take something homemade to an event without much notice. Here is why I like this recipe:
- Super easy to make, I started making them as a Mennonite teen.
- No mixing bowl needed: assemble right in the pan – a one dish dessert.
- You barely need a recipe, there are only 6 ingredients. Most everything takes one cup, except for the butter (1/2 cup) and the graham crackers (1 ½ cups).
- Everyone raves about them, except for the calories.
- They are very forgiving: I’ve made multiple mistakes in my rush to whip these out and they still turn out to be very edible! One time I used sweetened condensed milk that had discolored, results shared on my blog here. My husband, bless him, still ate them (he loves them all), even though I was embarrassed to take them elsewhere. Another time I forgot the chocolate chips until I popped the dish of bars in the oven. I went ahead and added them to the top. While everyone who commented said they were excellent, the chocolate chips do get gooier under the cover of the sweetened condensed milk as they cook.
- These are especially good when still gently warm and gooey. Did I mention gooey?
- ½ cup / 125 ml butter or margarine
- 1½ cup / 375 ml graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup / 250 ml chopped nuts
- 1 cup / 250 ml chocolate or butterscotch chips (or ½ cup / 125 ml of each)
- 1⅓ cup / 325 ml shredded coconut
- 1 15-ounce / 450 g can sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 350° F/ 180° C.
- Melt butter or margarine in a 9x13 pan in the oven as it preheats.
- Make graham cracker crumbs with rolling pin until you have 1½ cup. (Put crackers in an old bread bag and roll with rolling pin until they are crushed.)
- Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter or margarine as evenly as you can.
- Sprinkle on the chopped nuts, then chocolate or butterscotch bits (or both), then coconut, then drizzle the condensed milk over the whole mixture.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Cool 15 minutes, then cut into bars.
- Be sure to cut and remove within 15 minutes, or they stick badly to the pan.
*From Whatever Happened to Dinner: Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime
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Melodie M. Davis is the author of nine books, most recently, Whatever Happened to Dinner: Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime (Herald Press, 2010). She writes the syndicated column, Another Way, serves as a managing editor for Herald Press, and is also editor of a local family publication, Valley Living. She keeps a blog where she features frequent recipes from her home, family and church life. She is married and the mother of three adult daughters and two grandsons.
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