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Hello Dolly Bars are a favorite of mine and really any other rational person, given that they are gooey sweet with coconut and caramelized sweetened condensed milk (oooh, wee those corner pieces!). They go by other names such as Seven Layer Cookie bars, Magic Cookie bars, Jungle Bars, Double Delicious Bars and Whitney’s favorite Crack Cocaine Cookie Bars (ok, crack is whack and that isn’t super funny nor what I shall call them. Gah.) You can add and subtract the ingredients as long as there is a graham cracker and butter basement and a layer of sweetened condensed milk on or near the top. I like mine straight forward with coconut, nuts and chocolate chips. But feel free to use butterscotch or peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows, raisins, broken pieces of chocolate bars, oatmeal or a variety of nuts. I use walnuts or pecans typically. Nuts can easily be omitted if allergies. Don’t get super hung up on quantities, if you have more or less of the toppings, I am sure it will turn out just fine.
Do you have a Hello Dolly memory? What is your family’s name for this chewy gooey goodness?
- 1 stick (1/2 cup butter) melted in a 9×13 pan
- 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
- At least 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup coconut – i have used sweetened and unsweetened
- 1 cup of nuts, walnuts, pecans coarsely chopped
- 1/2 to 1 whole can of sweetened condensed milk (SCM)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour melted butter, or melt butter directly in glass pan, into a 13×9 in pan. Create the crust by sprinkling in the graham cracker crumbs and pressing them evenly and lightly. Add the coconut flakes, nuts, chocolate chips and top by drizzling on the sweetened condensed milk. Or try putting the coconut on top of the drizzled SCM.
Bake for 30 minutes or so until toasty brown on top. Resist eating them while warm if you can. One of life’s true pleasures.
Other lovely links about hello dolly bars.
- Gluten and nut free version http://knowgluten.me/2013/12/08/gluten-free-nut-free-hello-dolly-bars/
- Put coconut on last for a different look! http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2013/05/cookie-monster-hello-dolly-bars.html
- A different kind of crust… and nice research https://tastylacys.wordpress.com/2009/12/08/the-hello-dolly-bar-mystery/