Are we far enough into 2013 by now that we can all stop pretending to still be keeping those healthy eating resolutions? (See note at bottom.)
Ok good. Now here are some cookies that will taste so much better than whatever healthy cookie made out of flax seed, carrot, mashed bananas, and carob chips you are pretending that you are enjoying eating.
Everyone should have a signature dessert, one that they whip out and bring to everything. During college, this was mine. A friend sent me a care package my freshman year that had something similar to them in it and my roommate and I went a little crazy replicating it. Because we were cooking in a kitchen that was the size of a cardboard box, finding a one dish dessert was a high priority. You can assemble then in the pan that you cook them in using no special tool other than a microwave. Donna and I used to throw them together in under 10 minutes and then cart the pan around to whatever oven we could find. Then, the finished product was carted off to whatever social function was next. I’m pretty sure I made at least a hundred batches of these over my four years at Hillsdale.
They are kind of like the bar form of Samoas, which might be the single most addictive item ever created. I could eat at least a full box before I even started getting tired of them. Same goes for these bars, though I would probably go into chocolate coma before my brain told me to stop.
They aren’t gluten free, sugar free, low calorie, low carb, or good for you in any other way.
But sometimes… don’t you just get tired of trying to force dessert into a category that it was never meant to indwell, namely GOOD FOR YOU? I promise to try to post a recipe about kale chips or something sometime soon. Actually, that’s a lie. I love kale, but I just can’t get on board with dried, sad, crunchy kale.
So sometime soon, when you are going somewhere where other people can prevent you from eating the whole pan by yourself, make some of these and take them with you. Be unapologetically indulgent in the name of good cookies, community, and shared calories.
Seven Layer Bars
- 1 stick butter
- 1/2 box graham crackers, crushed. My favorite method is to put them in a secure ziplock back and — wearing clean socks — step on them. Awesome crumbs in minutes.
- 1 bag chocolate chips
- 1/2 back butterscotch chips
- 1/2 bag white chocolate chips
- 1 bag sweetened coconut flakes (or slightly less than one bag… sometimes I get carried away with coconut)
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Melt butter and pour into 9×13 inch pan. Press crumbs into the butter.
- Layer the following: 1/2 bag chocolate chips, white chips, a couple handfuls coconut, butterscotch chips, other half chocolate chips, rest of coconut. Reserve a couple chips of each type aside.
- Pour sweetened condensed milk over coconut and sprinkle with chips.
- Bake 20-25 minutes or until coconut is turning golden brown on edges.
- Remove and let cool COMPLETELY. Don’t ignore that. I try to make them the day before or the morning before something. However, do run a knife around the edges to loosen the coconut from the sides or cleaning will be miserable.
Ps: About those Resolutions… I am pleased to announce that I have attended spinning classes twice a week since the semester started. Which has only been three weeks. And Friday I got there too late for a bike, so I just sat on a mat and did the abs section… but I’m still counting it. I still haven’t started Brothers K, only painted my nails once, am currently wearing socks with holes, and back-burnerd 30 Rock because I got sucked in to 24 (12 years after the rest of you) and I might actually die if Jack Bauer doesn’t save everybody soon. So I guess I am a resolution failure. Guess I’ll go drown my sorrows in cookies.