I was fortunate enough to visit Nick's Aunt while we were traveling and even luckier to be invited to dinner! She made delicious cornbread, homemade mac and cheese, and dessert was a plate of homemade shortbread and these Magic Cookie Bars (which I couldn't get enough of). I enjoyed them so much that I ate 2 and happily said "yes!" to taking 3 more with me for breakfast (Note: NOT a healthy breakfast) the next day.
There are several things I can never resist and chocolate and condensed milk being two of them. This recipe combines both in the best possible way....it adds a butter graham cracker crust, pecans and coconut into the mix to become the most addictive square that goes perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee. Aunt Geri sent me the recipe soon afterwards and I was glad to find out they are surprisingly easy to make. This is definitely dangerous for my waistline. :-D
Aunt Geri's Magic Cookie Bar
Makes One 12 x 9 cookie sheet, about 24 bars.
approx prep time: 20 min
approx cook time: 20-25 min
2 cups graham wafer crumbs (I used a food processor)
3/4 cups (175 ml) melted butter
1 can (300 ml) regular or low fat Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) of chopped pecans, semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I prefer PC decadent chocolate chip brand)
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) of flaked coconut
- Preheat oven to 350 F (180 Celsius ).
HOW TO MAKE IT:
-Combine graham cracker crumbs with the melted butter.
- Press the mixture evenly over parchment lined 13 X 9 inch (3.5 L) baking pan
- Pour Eagle brand evenly over crumbs.
- Sprinkle with pecans, chocolate chips and coconut. press down firmly.
- Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Cool thoroughly (and I'm seriously about this as I usually don't have the patience, it cuts and comes out of the pan a lot cleaner if you wait) and cut into approximate 24 bars or 2 inch squares for bite size..
- Store loosely covered at room temperature or put in fridge or the freezer for later. It's best the 2nd day, but I like to eat them warm and gooey. :-)
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