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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Magic Cookie Bars

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Do you need to bring a dessert somewhere (church potluck?, game night?, birthday party?) and you can't figure out what to make? Maybe you're stressed because you want something that people will love or you consider yourself a novice baker and don't want to mess something up. Perhaps you're short on time...or flour. Have no fear: this dessert is for you!

Appropriately named Magic Cookie Bars, these babies truly are magic. One, because I dare you to find someone who doesn't like them. Two, because all it takes is literally sprinkling a few ingredients together before putting the pan in the oven, yet what you remove twenty-five minutes later is simply divine.

Make these and enjoy the magic!

One Year Ago: Homemade Granola Bars

Magic Cookie Bars
adapted from allrecipes.com
-1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
-1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted
-1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
-1 cup chocolate chips
-1 cup butterscotch chips (*feel free to substitute or include peanut butter or white chocolate chips too!)
-1 1/3 cups coconut flakes
-1 cup chopped nuts (*walnuts or pecans, I used pecans)

1. Preheat oven to 350F (325F if using a glass baking pan). Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs in a medium-sized bowl. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan.
2. Pour can of sweetened condensed milk over the crust. Top with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut, and nuts. Press down lightly with a spatula or your hand so that chips are slightly implanted into the crust.
3. Bake for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting into slices (these bars are gooey regardless but they'll definitely cut a little easier if you wait until they're cool!)