My mom made magic bars for us at Christmas. They were so rich, especially when cut into typical bar cookie size, so she always cut them into bite-sized pieces – no, I’m not kidding, like 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. This recipe is supposedly called Hello Dolly Bars, (which I only just heard of – ugh) but to me they are my mom’s Magic Bites (my change) so that’s just what I’m going to call them. After all, Hello Dolly Bars is kind of a dumb name. I’m just saying.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs*
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
3 Tbs sugar
1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli is best)
1 scant cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar. Press mixture into bottom of 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake 8 minutes. Sprinkle pecans, coconut, and chips over warm crust. Pour condensed milk over top – do not mix.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly brown and bubbling at the edges. Let cool 1 hour on a wire rack. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
* I did the math for you. Each panel of graham crackers has four pieces, so this uses 14 panels. For my graham crackers, this was a little over one package and a half of panels.
11 September 2015 – baking on this day is a peaceful thing.