Thursday, April 22, 2010

Magic Cookie Bars Recipe

Another family favorite!  When I told my husband I was going to be making these for a friend of mine, he said "Oh, you mean those things you can't eat just three of?"  Seriously!  When you try these you will see, you just want to keep going back and back and back.  Just one more bite!  I'd never made them before and when I looked up the recipe I had to call my mom and ask, "Is this right?  I mean, it's not this easy right?  No mixing, no stirring, nothing?"  Nothing.  They are that easy.  You can even go without toasting the nuts and coconut if you want to make it even easier - Grammy's original recipe does not call for them to be toasted, but my mom improved on the recipe by bringing out the nuttiness.

source: Grammy (family favorite recipe)
total time: ~35 minutes

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted*
1 cup chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut (sweetened), toasted**
1 (15oz) can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 325°.

Pour melted butter into a 9x13-inch pan. Add the rest of the ingredients layer by layer: crumbs, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut and milk.

Bake 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Cool 15 minutes before cutting.

Kitchen Tips:
* To toast walnuts, spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes, tossing several times.
** To toast coconut, spread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 2-4 minutes, tossing every 30 seconds until flakes turn golden brown.
1. Freeze remaining coconut in a ziploc freezer bag. Be sure to label with contents and date, and remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag.


Andrea said...

I LOVE THESE THINGS!!! We call them cavity finders (for obvious reasons LOL) and I only make them at Christmas time. Around here a serving size is 1/2 the pan so its a once a year treat. I wish it was that time of year after reading your post :)

Shandell said...

I also really love these! My mom used to make them all the time. I haven't had them in forever though cause my hubs hates coconut :(

Barefoot Belle said...

These are my husband's favorite!!! I cannot tell him how easy they are...otherwise he would weigh 800 lbs!

Carrie said...

These are a family favorite of mine but we always add butterscotch chips.

Kara said...

I adore these! I could easily eat an entire tray myself- so good!