Friday, June 10, 2011

Foodie Fridays: Seven Layer Bars

From Coconut Recipes

I have been making this recipe for decades, ever since I was a college undergraduate.  Seven Layer Bars are simple to make, and so rich and satisfying that they must be cut into many very small bars to serve.  They are a great dessert for a crowd -- I have made them for class field trips, day trips to the beach, and numerous casual parties -- and there are never any leftovers!  These bars would be perfect for the Fourth of July and any other summer gathering!

Seven Layer Bars

1/4 C. butter
1 C. graham cracker crumbs
1 C. shredded coconut
1 C. (6 oz.) chocolate chips
1 C. (6 oz.) butterscotch chips
1 C. chopped nuts (I use pecans or walnuts)
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk

Melt butter in 13x9x2-inch pan.  Tilt pan to coat bottom evenly.  Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs over butter to form crust, again tilting pan to spread crumbs evenly.  Sprinkle on next four ingredients in order listed, pressing down lightly on each layer.  Pour milk evenly over all.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Cool completely and cut into 1x2-inch bars.  Makes 48 bars.

Note:  You can play around with the ingredients list, using any type of nut, different flavors of chips, sweetened or unsweetened coconut, other types of cookie crumbs, etc.  I tend to stick to the ingredients listed and prefer to use pecans.

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