Everyone has some food item that just makes a holiday, the holiday.
Some food item that brings back nice memories.
For me at Christmas, that thing is what we called Layer Cookies.
Lots of people call them Layer bars or 7 Layer bars. (Probably because there is 7 layers.)
There are lots of ways to mix up the layers, and other than the crust, it really doesn’t matter how you layer the ingredients.
You’ll need: 1 package of graham crackers (or more if you’d like a thicker crust), 1/2 c melted butter, 1 package of shredded coconut, 1 package of chocolate chips (I chose semi-sweet), 1 package of butterscotch chips, 1-2 c walnuts or pecans (whole or chopped, whichever suits your fancy), and 1 small can of sweetened condensed milk.
This is how we make them.
First you take a package of graham crackers & smush them the smithereens. How you do it is up to you.
Caleb chose to use Hannah’s shoe to help him.
Then you have a few choices:
1. You could drizzle the butter into a 9×13 pan or 9×9 pan and then sprinkle the graham crackers on top.
2. You could do what I did and sprinkle the graham crackers into a 9×13 or 9×9 pan & then drizzle the butter on top.
3. You could mix the graham crackers & butter together and then pat into a 9×13 or 9×9 pan.
One of the reasons I like this recipe is because it’s so forgiving.
Next dump the coconut into the pan and then even it out so it’s all over.
As you can see, I hadn’t done that yet, I waiting for my manual labor to come back from washing their hands. 😉
Then dump the chocolate chips and spread them out.
Then dump the butterscotch chips out.
(I’d like to note that Caleb was happy to be helping; he was posing in this shot…)
Then add the nuts.
Finally, open the can of sweetened condensed milk and drizzle it all over everything.
I promise, it won’t stay looking like this.
Finally pop it in the oven (350 degrees) for 20 – 30 minutes or until the edges start browning.
While it does taste good warm, it’s even better after it’s cooled.
Then enjoy a piece.
A small one, if you like my handsome hubby & who figured out that even a small one is probably like 400 calories.
Or, a big piece, if you’re like me.
You can use substitute dark, milk or white chocolate chips for the semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Substitute peanut butter chips, resese pieces, M&M’s or more chocolate for the butterscotch chips.
Replace cashews or almonds, for the pecans or walnuts or just leave them off.
Don’t be afraid to adapt the amounts.
A full package of coconut too much for you?
Try only using half a package.
Not enough chocolate?
Try adding another half of a package.
Want more variety?
Use half a package of four different types.
Merry Christmas to your taste buds!
May God bless your socks off!