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Merry Christmas, 2011!

December 24th, 2011 · 5 Comments

The year’s flown by – seems like only yesterday I was in the same boat – way behind, waiting to bake dozens of Orange drop cookies for my family.

This year, I’ve already wowed some recipients with gifts of the traditional “Magic 7-layer cookie bars” – versions of which are known as Congo bars.

They’re too easy (recipe below). I’m making more tomorrow early morning -they’re so fast. They’ve been around for a while – the magic is that they’re more or less just layered in a pan – no mixing bowls needed. Bake and they all come together into this wonderous bar. Yum!

Calories don’t count at Christmas

Wishing you and yours a merry day, and much good food.

Remember: Calories don’t count on this one special day of the year!

Magic 7-Layer Cookie Bars

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter or stick margarine
  • 1-1/2 cups Graham cracker crumbs (1 cellophane package from a box)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup peanut butter or butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans)
  • 1 12-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350. Put butter into a 13-by-9-inch baking pan and put pan in oven till butter is completely melted.

Swirl pan to completely coat bottom and sides with butter. Spread crumbs over bottom of pan; shake pan to distribute crumbs evenly. Add chocolate chips; add peanut butter chips – distributing them evenly over the crumbs. Add nuts and distribute.

Pour sweetened milk over all; top with coconut sprinkled evenly.

Put pan into center of oven and bake for 25 minutes or until coconut is light brown and toasted.

Let cool on a rack. Place pan in refrigerator to cool completely. Slice into 2-inch squares and keep in a cookie tin separated by waxed paper. These freeze very well.

Makes 15-18 bars.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie Soo // Dec 25, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  • 2 alyson // Dec 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    merry christmas! I completely agree… there are definitely some occasions where calories don’t count!

  • 3 Phyllis // Jan 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Bought all ingredients to make these cookie bars but noticed that the size of the pan is not given. Could you please let me know? Thanks – Happy New Year to you and yours.

  • 4 Jan Norris // Jan 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Fixed that, Phyllis: check now and you’ll see it’s a 13-by-9-inch pan; I also tell you at what point to add the nuts. Thanks for catching this – my proof file remained a draft, unfortunately and I never checked back.
    Hope you like them!

  • 5 Phyllis // Feb 28, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I failed to find your “You asked for it” on the Sun Sentinel site. My husband and I dined at Josie’s Restaurante in Boynton Beach last Thursday. The soup de jour was clam chowder that was so delicious. Do you think you could get their recipe? They have a new chef that is doing amazing things! Thanks Jan

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