It’s starting to taste a lot like Christmas!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Then dump the butterscotch chips out.

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(I’d like to note that Caleb was happy to be helping; he was posing in this shot…)

Then add the nuts.

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Finally, open the can of sweetened condensed milk and drizzle it all over everything.

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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.

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Tada!

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.

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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!

Rachel

 

 

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