Monday, October 28, 2013

Magic Cookie Bars

The best thing that my mother-in-law gave me was my husband.  He is kind and funny.  He challenges me and encourages me.  I don't know what I would be without him.  Today, we have been married 7 wonderful years and I am so lucky to have him.

Probably the second best thing my mother-in-law ever gave me was the recipe for these cookie bars.  They are easy to make and the chocolate/coconut combination is to die for.  Whenever I am looking for an easy crowd pleaser, this is one I turn to.

Magic Cookie Bars from Suzanne Goodell

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups walnut halves, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (or 1-12 ounce package)
  • 3 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
Pour melted butter into a 9 x 13 pan.  Sprinkle in the graham cracker crumbs over the melted butter.   Press the graham cracker crumb/butter mixture into the bottom of the pan to form a crust.  Sprinkle walnut pieces onto the crust.  Next, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the walnuts.  Then sprinkle the coconut over the chocolate chips.  Open can of sweetened condensed milk, pour over the coconut, covering as much of the coconut as possible.  The parts of the coconut without the sweetened condensed milk coating tend to burn.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Allow to cool.  It takes quite a bit of time to properly cool, however these are delightful melty and a little bit warm.

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