Monday, December 14, 2009

My favorite: Magic bars

Confession: only yesterday, I started baking Christmas cookies for the season. Scandalous, I know. Here I've been blogging all month about cookies but have yet to make any. This is a really easy recipe that makes pretty cookies for the cookie plate. It was passed down from my grandma to my mom, and I will tell you why I like it (besides the sentimental value!): 1. You really can't mess it up - the measurements are estimates; 2. everything is done in one pan (no bowl even!); 3. you can improvise...on this particular batch I also included butterscotch chips; and 4. butter!

Magic Bars
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs (yea to the person who invented ready-made graham cracker makes this easy recipe even easier)
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 6oz. package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 3 ½ oz can flaked coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350° F. In a 13” x 9” baking pan, melt butter. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over butter. Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumbs. Top evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and walnuts. Lightly press mixture with a spatula.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool thoroughly (best overnight – covered) before cutting (seriously wait - otherwise it's a gooey mess to cut).

Makes 4 dozen.

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