9.06.2009

7 layer bars

Because it was asked for, here's my 7 layer bar recipe :)

1 1/2 (generous) cups of graham cracker crumbs--I use Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 stick butter
1 can of sweetened condensed milk--I use Eagle Brand
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup finely-chopped pecans
2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips--I use Nestle, because the fancy brands of chocolate chips make the bars too rich, in my opinion :)

Get a 13x9 pan (ungreased). If you're using a glass pan, preheat the oven to 325. If otherwise, preheat to 350.

Microwave the stick of butter for 30 seconds, or until mostly melted. Combine in pan with the graham cracker crumbs. Use your hands to mix it together really well, and then pat it down on the bottom of the pan. It'll look like you don't have enough to cover the whole pan--you will. It'll be a really thin layer, and really crumbly.

Pour the entire can of sweetened condensed milk evenly over the graham cracker crumbs.

Sprinkle 1 cup (save the other 1/3 for later) of coconut evenly over the sweetened condensed milk.

Sprinkle the finely chopped (seriously, finely chopped!) pecans evenly on top of the coconut.

Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly on top of the pecans. Yeah, it's a lot of chocolate chips :)

Finally, sprinkle the remaining 1/3 cup of coconut on top of the chocolate. It won't be enough to cover the entire pan, don't worry--just use it sparingly on top.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the coconut on top starts turning light brown (you don't want it to burn). The chocolate chips won't be fully melted, don't worry. Remove from oven, let cool, and dig in!